A policeman who threatened Nape with a gun during his trial for the death of Mtwara

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar/Mtwara. The man, who pointed a gun at Mr Nape Nnauye in March 2017, is among seven police officers who have been arrested at the Mtwara Residents Magistrates Court in connection with the murder of Mussa Hamisi (25), a businessman, in Mtwara.

Mr. Gilbert Kalanje came into the public spotlight in March 2017 when he pulled a gun on Mr. Nnauye in a bid to prevent him from addressing the media.

Mr Nnauye, who is now Minister of Information, Communications and Information Technology, was due to speak to the media in 2017 after he was sacked as Minister of Information by the former President John Magufuli.

Mr Nnauye’s dismissal came just a day after he formed a team to investigate an overnight raid on the premises of Clouds Media Group (CMG) by Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda, known to be a confidant of Magufuli fire.

And, in Mtwara, detectives are investigating the murder of Hamisi on January 23, which was allegedly committed by seven police officers after they (the police) took 70 million shillings from him.

Mtwara Regional Police Commander Mr Mark Njera told The Citizen’s sister newspaper Mwananchi that detectives were investigating Mr Kalanje, Charles Onyango, Bicolas Kisinza, John Msuya, Marco Mbota, Shiraz Ally Mkuka and Salum Juma Mbalu.

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The Resident Magistrate in charge of the Mtwara Residents Magistrates Court, Mr Lugano Kasebele, told Mwananchi yesterday that the seven police officers appeared in court on January 25, 2022 when the charges against them were read out.

They are now allowed to plead because the Mtwara Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to hear murder cases.

“Inquiries into the case have not been completed and the case has therefore been adjourned until 8 February 2022. Once the inquiries are completed, the case will be transferred to the High Court for hearing,” Magistrate Kasebele said.

He said that since the case of the murder suspects was not releasable, the seven people were remanded to Lilungu prison in Mtwara.

The prosecution is led by Attorney General Wilbroad Ndunguru.

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