The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has taken to court a former roads foreman at Mwanza Public Works office for allegedly including names of people who never worked on a road project.
After investigations, ACB established that Francis Kasiyamaliro from Mwanza abused his position by hiring nine people to receive the projects money on his behalf.
A statement signed by ACB’s senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala says the anti-graft body arrested Kasiyamaliro on April 4 2013.
“He was taken to Mwanza Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with one count of misuse of public office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” reads the statement in part.
It says Kasiyamaliro was also charged with one count of falsification of registers contrary to Section 368 of the Penal Code.
Kasiyamaliro is said to have hired the people in 2009 to receive the money for the public works project in the rehabilitation of the Kalanga—Mpandadzi and Tambo—Chithumba roads in Mwanza District.
However, Kasiyamaliro denied the charges. He was later released on bail after he deposited the court with K20 000 (about $50) and produced a reliable surety.
“If one is guilty of corruption, he or she may serve months or years not exceeding 12 years, which is the maximum period for corrupt charges,” said Ndala.
She said the court is yet to set a date for hearing of the case.