The man who donated the much-hyped Hummer to Raila Odinga during his 2007 General Election campaigns has been cooling his heels at Kongolea Prison since April, 2013 Controversial businessman, Don Bosco Gichana, who is also wanted by the US over alleged money laundering, has been at the now renamed Arusha Main Prison, for two years, prompting Kisii residents to send a petition to Tanzanian authorities for his release or extradition.
Over 8,000 members of the Free Don Facebook page have been spearheading an online campaign for his release. Gichana, who unsuccessfully vied for the Kitutu Chache South parliamentary seat on a People’s Democratic Party ticket in 2013, was charged with 12 counts of forgery, including altering documents jointly with a Tanzanian, Boastice Mwale, for money laundering.
Raila odinga, Governor James Ongwae, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi and nominated Senator Janet Ong’era pledged to secure Gichana’s release.But nothing has materialized so far. Raila threatened to lead 50 MPs to meet Tanzania’s government to negotiate the release. Raila optimistic Magufuli would release Gichana. He said efforts to negotiate with former President Jakaya Kikwete failed.
Mr Gichana is accused alongside Tanzanian lawyer Median Boastice Mwale, of conspiring with others to launder money between November 2009 and August 2010 in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar es Salaam
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