Waheshimiwa Daniel Yona na Basil Pesambili Mramba wakiwasili mahakama ya Kisutu leo (picha kutoka Michuzi Blog)
Mramba, Yona watua kortini
Na Mwandishi Wetu, Kisutu
Vigogo wawili maarufu ambao walikuwa mawaziri katika Serikali ya awamu ya tatu na mmoja akabahatika kuwa Waziri pia katika Serikali wa awamu ya nne, leo wameburuzwa katika Mahakama ya Hakimu Mkazi Kisutu, Jijini Dar es Salaam.
Watuhumiwa hao ni aliyekuwa akiongoza Wizara ya Fedha wakati wa utawala wa Rais Mkapa, Bw. Basil Mramba na mwenzake Daniel Yona, ambaye yeye, hadi kumalizika kwa utawala wa awamu ya tatu wa Mkapa, alikuwa ndiye Waziri wa Nishati na Madini.
Taarifa za kimahakama zinaeleza kuwa, Mawaziri hao wa zamani wanakabiliwa na tuhuma za kutumia madaraka yao vibaya wakati wakiwa madarakani.
Imedaiwa kuwa Mramba na mwenzake Yona waliletwa Kisutu leo asubuhi kwa siri kubwa mno.
Taarifa hizo zimeendelea kueleza kuwa kesi hiyo nzito imepangwa kusikilizwa na hakimu Hezron Mwankenja wa Mahakama hiyo ya Kisutu.
Hata hivyo, hadi ilipokufikia mishale ya saa 3:47 asubuhi, mawaziri hao wa zamani walikuwa bado hawajapandishwa kizimbani, ingawa ilielezwa kuwa tayari walishafikishwa mahala hapo na kuhifadhiwa ndani ya gari moja, nyuma ya jengo la mahakama hiyo.
Imedaiwa zaidi kuwa walikuwa ndani ya gari moja la rangi ya kijani, lenye vioo vya giza (tinted), aina ya Toyota Land Cruiser na ambalo nambari zake za usajili zilikuwa ni zile za magari binafsi, ikiishia na ATD.
Imedaiwa zaidi kuwa Bw. Mramba na Yona, wanatuhumiwa kuyatumia vibaya madaraka yao, hasa kuhusiana na lile sakata la kampuni ya Alex Stewart ya Uingereza na pia Alex Stewart Affairs ya nchini.
Hadi Alasiri likienda mitamboni, mawaziri hao wa zamani walikuwa bado hawajasimamishwa kizimbani.
Kutoka Michuzi Blog
The Mramba-Yona Case
TWO former senior cabinet ministers appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam today charged with abuse of office and occasioning loss of over 11bn/- to the government.
They have been remanded for failure to meet bail conditions.
Mramba Basil Pesambili and Daniel Aggrey Ndhira Yona, who were Minister for Finance and Minister for Mineral and Energy, respectively are facing a total of 13 counts. They pleaded "not guilty" before Resident Magistrate Hezron Mwankenja.
Thought they appeared composed on the dock as the prosecution read the charges against them, Yona was sweating profusely and kept wiping his face the whole day. Members of the public booed at them as they were being taken to remand.
The magistrate granted them bail, but on stringent conditions requiring each to deposit cash 3.9bn/- and secure two reliable sureties.
He also ordered them to surrender their passports and restrained them to leave the city without court’s permission.
None of them met the conditions and were ordered to remain in remand until December 5, when their case will be mentioned.
Investigations into the case have not been completed, the prosecution, led by a team of five prosecutors told the court.
They are Principal State Attorney Boniface Stanslaus, Senior State Attorney Frederick Manyanga and three officials from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Hole Joseph, Benn Linkon and Tabu Mzee.
The then ministers, who are defended by advocates Michael Ngalo, Joseph Tadayo, Sam Mapande, Mafuru Mafuru and Elisa Msuya, arrived at the court premises in a PCCB vehicle, Toyota Land cruiser GX registration number T 319 ATD.
They also boarded the same vehicle when were taken to Keko Remand Prison. Their arraignment was witnessed by several people who jammed at the court premises early in the morning after learing that the duo would be brought there to answer criminal charges.
The charges against the two former ministers are not related with the scandal surrounding the External Payment Arrears (EPA) account of the Bank of Tanzania as previouslyassumed by many.
Both accused are facing jointly five charges of abuse of office and one count of occasioning loss to the government, while Mramba alone faces eight similar counts.
It is alleged that the duo committed the offences between 2002 and 2007 at their respective offices.
The prosecution alleged that between August 2002 and May 28, 2005, being employed in public service and serving as ministers, the duo abused the authority of their offices by doing several decisions.
They include arbitrarily procured M/S Alex Stewart (Assayers) UK and its subsidiary company, M/S Alex Stewart (Assayers) Government Business Corporation to sign and execute gold production assaying agreement in Tanzania in contravention of Public Procurement Act and Mining Act, respectively.
The prosecution alleged that the former ministers left the Alex Stewart (Assayers) Government Business Corporation to sign an addendum extending gold production assaying agreement for two years from June 14, 2005 to June 23, 2007 in contravention of the said Acts.
It is alleged further that the duo invited Dr. Enrique Sugura of the said company to formalise the two years extension before the Government Negotiation Team was convened to work on the matter.
The accused also abstained from attending the mining assayer’s fees issue and submitting the agreement to the Attorney General for vetting as it was recommended by the team consequent upon which act an addendum extending the gold production assaying agreement for two years.
Between June 1003 and May 28, 2005, serving as ministers, willfully and by their failure to take reasonable care or discharge their duties in reasonable manner, the duo unjustifiably allegedly processed a gold production assaying agreement with a clause number 4.3.1.
The prosecution alleged that the said clause led to unjustified tax exemption in favour of M/S Alex Stewart) Assayers) Government Business Corporation, thereby occasioning loss to the government to the tune of 11,752,350,148/-.
While Mramba alone, the prosecution alleged, between October 10, 2004 and November 15, 2005, as Minister for Finance, abused the authority of his office by arbitrarily doing several unjustified decisions.
They include ignoring the recommendation by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) not to grant tax exemption to M/S Alex Stewart Assayers) Government Business Corporation.
He also allegedly processed and issued Government Notices (GN) No. 423/2003, 424/2003, 497/2004, 498/2004, 377/2005,378/2005, which granted tax exemption to the whole of withholding income tax payable by the said company contrary to the recommendations given by the TRA.
Between 2003 and 2007 in the city, as Minister for Finance, willfully and by his failure to take reasonable care of to discharge his duties in a reasonable manner, Mramba unjustifiably allegedly signed the said government notices.
The said notices, according to the prosecution, had the effect of exempting the said company from paying income tax, thereby occasioning loss to the government of the said 11bn/-.