A Security Officer, Bernard Obeto (35), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday facing six counts of forgery, unauthorised possession of stamp and unlawful possession of travel documents.
Obeto, who is stationed at the Tanzania Airport Authority, was charged alongside a Ugandan national, Mugabe Moses (37), who was not brought before the court. Before Principal Resident Magistrate Magreth Bankika, Obeto denied the charges.
He was remanded until September 5, when the court will deliver the ruling on application for bail. In the case, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has presented a certificate to object bail to the accused person on grounds that if bailed out the safety and interests of the Republic would be prejudiced.
Prosecuting, State Attorneys Paul Kadushi and Wankyo Simon told the court that on March 11, this year in the city, with intent to defraud, the accused persons forged working permits bearing different numbers.
The prosecution alleged that such permits bore names of Peter Moses Mugabe and Musa Setuba. The accused persons allegedly purported to show that the two documents were issued by Labour Commissioner, while it was false.
It was alleged further that on March 22, this year, in the city, with intent to defraud, the accused persons forged two resident permits bearing different numbers in the names of Musa Setuba and Peter Moses Mugabe, showing that they were issued by Immigration Department, while it was untrue.
Obeto was charged with a separate count of unauthorised possession of stamp, an offence that falls under the National Security Act. The prosecution alleges that such offence was allegedly committed on August 10, this year at Tabata Kinyerezi areas in Ilala District.
The prosecution told the court that without lawful authority, Obeto was found in possession of a rubber stamp closely resembling to the rubber stamp of the Immigration Department.
Such stamp had an impression reading, “Immigration Officer allowed to stay for three months employment with or without pay is strictly prohibited in Tanzania,” an act which is prejudicial to the safety of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The court heard further that on the same day and areas, the security officer was also found in possession of a Tanzania Diplomatic Pass number 0154 issued to Embassy of China, which does not belong to him and failed to hand it over to the holder or Immigration Department.