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Police nab S. African who ‘fed’ Tanzanians to dogs

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BAK, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    From MARC NKWAME in Arusha, 31st March 2010 @ 11:54,
    Daily News

    POLICE in Manyara have arrested a South African national who had allegedly ‘fed’ six Tanzanians to dogs about a decade ago.

    The Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Permena Sumari said the suspect, Mr Adrian Banks (46), will appear in court once police investigations were completed.

    Commander Sumari said that Mr Banks who fled the country in 2000 was arrested at the Kilimanjaro International Airport this week and it seems like he thought it was safe for him to venture back into Tanzania.

    Mr Banks and four other former officials of the company which used to be known as African Gemstones (AFGEM) Limited (now Tanzanite-One), reportedly held six small scale Tanzanian miners at gun point, tied them up and threw them in a shipping container and set dogs on them.

    This incident which took place at Mirerani Mining Hills was also confirmed by the former Arusha Regional Police Commander at the time, Mr Alfred Tibaigana who initially ordered the arrest of the five South Africans. In those days Manyara used to be part of Arusha region.

    After the incident one of the Tanzanians reportedly disappeared without trace and is still not known whether he is alive or not.

    Mr Raymond Marcel (48) a resident of Songambele Village of Simanjiro was among the six artisan miners who became victims of the South African hounds.

    “I and five others had just completed the day’s work at a Block B quarry belonging to Mr Vulstan Kasmir and were on our way home that evening of September 9, 2000,” he recalls.

    He named his mates as Mr Juma Amir, Mr Ally Bakari, Mr Lazaro Charles, Mr Almas Juma and Mr Nodrick Humphrey when an armed gang of five South Africans attacked, beat them and tied them up using plastic ropes on allegations that they wanted to rob AFGEM mines.

    The Tanzanians were then thrown into a freight container locked them up before the South Africans returned with three giant dogs and stood by the door with guns as the hounds ‘chewed’ the screaming Tanzanians.

    “We were later dumped at Mirerani Police Station bleeding, there we reported the incident and I remember the Regional Crime Officer at the time, Mr Suleiman Kova leading the team to arrest the South Africans,” said Mr Marcel.

    Other South Africans alleged to have taken part in torturing the miners are known with single names of Evance, Nells, Leons and Chris, while the marauding dogs were called Rambo, Alex and Natron.

    A court case CC 20/2002 was filed and heard before the Arusha Resident Magistrate R.M Mugisha, but later on the South Africans disappeared under mysterious circumstances until this week when one of them returned.

    One of the victims, Mr Nodrick Humphrey who suffered trauma after the incident allegedly never recovered, lost his mind and disappeared without trace to-date.
  2. Companero

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    I wish this was April 1 Fool Day's joke!
  3. bona

    bona JF-Expert Member

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    may be the gulity has got into him and he want to take responsibility for his action, surely he need to get just that!