By Emmanuel Onyango
POLICE at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam are holding one businessman, who deals with the sale of spare parts Boniface Mbilinyi (32) on suspicion of being in illegal possession of the US Dollars worth 83,000 (Tshs. 182.6 million).
The incident occurred today at the inspection point when the suspect had concealed the lot in his bag that was being screened through a special machine on the spot, police have said.
Speaking over the matter, the police commander at the airport Matanga Mbushi said that, “the suspect was transporting the ceased money to Dubai and that the police managed to impound the lot by help of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) officials stationed at the airport.
He said initially, the suspect had a total of US Dollars worth 123,000 when caught, 40,000 US Dollars out of these has been confirmed by the TRA to be legally owned by him. But had failed to give a detailed explanation for the remaining US Dollars 83,000.
In view of this, according toi the police commander the suspect is being interrogated by the police and tomorrow on Monday the suspect’s file will be taken to the office of the Attorney General for further enquiry and later be brought before the court to face legal action.
This is the second time within one month’s time such an incident is happening at JNIA. On 11th December 2017, a Ugandan Citizen, Winfred Rwabutiti Businge (33) and a SGA company employee were allegedly found with US Dollars 1 million.
The two had been brought before Kisutu Resident magistrate’s Court and charged with illegal possession with the money after having failed to give a detailed report about it and were thereby charged under section 5 (1) of the y Anti-Money Laundering Act of the year 2017.