Friday, November 10, 2017

Dar police explain why Lugumi property bidder spent a night behind bars


By Ibrahim Yamola @TheCitizenTZ

Dar es Salaam. Dr Louis Shika, who participated and emerged the winner during the auction of houses belonging to businessman Said Lugumi, is held by the police over allegations of working under the latter’s instructions to defeat the auction.

Speaking to this paper on Friday, November 10, 2017, Dar es Salaam zonal commander Lazaro Mambosasa said they had decided to hold him after suspecting how he participated in the auction with a clear intent to defeat it.

“We suspect he was sent by Mr Lugumi to defeat the auction although I don’t have evidence to prove it,” he stressed.

“During the exercise, we discovered that he was topping up the price in every bid that took place to sell Lugumi houses to defeat other bidders from purchasing them.

He said the police were also not convinced with his capacity to purchase the houses, especially after viewing his dress code, which was suspicious and after he was required to produce a down payment of 25 per cent, he failed to do so.

He, however, noted that they were still investigating the matter and members of the public would be informed about the outcome.