Saturday, 28 March 2009

Would - be bribe dies in Chenge accident

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Team

A woman who was to have wedded today was killed along with her friend early yesterday in Dar es Salaam in a road accident involving former Cabinet minister Andrew Chenge.

Mr Chenge, who was still being held at Oysterbay Police Station last evening, is likely to be arraigned next week in connection with the fatal crash.

However, senior police officers could not say whether Mr Chenge, who is the CCM MP for Bariadi West, would spend the weekend behind bars ahead of his arraignment.

A visibly shaken Mr Chenge narrated to the deputy director of criminal investigations, Mr Peter Kivuyo, how the crash took place at 4am, causing the deaths of the two women identified as Jackie John and Beatrice Constantine.

The two died on the spot after a three-wheeled Bajaj scooter they were riding in collided with a four-wheel-drive double-cabin pickup driven by Mr Chenge.

The driver of the tricycle escaped from the scene of the accident. Beatrice's brother, Mr January Constantine, said her sister was accompanying Ms John, who was scheduled to get married in Zanzibar today.

"They arrived in the city at around 8pm on Thursday from Mwanza, and were due to leave in the morning for Zanzibar for the wedding," Mr Constantine told reporters at Mwananyamala Hospital where the bodies were taken.


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