Monday, 30 May 2016

PCCB arrests ranger for soliciting 4.7m/- bribe

A game ranger in Bukombe District, Geita Region, has been arrested in connection with soliciting and receiving a bribe worth 4,714,000/- through his mobile phone from a livestock keeper to allow the latter to graze his livestock in Kigosi Game Reserve.

The game reserve is located in northwestern Tanzania, which is rich in wildlife diversity, birds and insects, including bees.

The ranger, identified as Yakobo Benjamin, was arrested by officers from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Geita Region after they set a trap in collaboration with the help of a livestock keeper, identified as Mashaka Musita, of Lunzewe Village in the district.

PCCB regional commander Thobias Ndalo said the ranger is alleged to have committed crimes on different dates since 2014 and during ‘Operation Tokomeza’ and in the fresh incident, Benjamin was arrested on May 23, this year.

Ndalo said the suspect would be taken to court anytime this week, because the investigation was already completed.The official warned public servants to desist from engaging in corrupt practices, following a public outcry against them.

Kigosi Reserve is a protected area managed mainly for conservation through management intervention. The sanctuary was established in 1983 and covers an area of 8265 km².
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