Four charged with economic sabotage

21Nov 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Four charged with economic sabotage

FORMER Managing Director of Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB) Peter Noni and prominent advocate Dr Ringo Tenga and two others yesterday appeared before the Dar es Salaam’s Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court charged with six counts of economic sabotage.

FORMER Managing Director of Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB) Peter Noni

Other charges include money laundering of $ 3.282million contrary to section 3(x), 12(d) and 13(a) of the Anti Money Laundering Act no 12, 2006.

Other accused including Hafidhi Shamte, Noel Chacha and Six telecoms company limited both appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate, Victoria Nongwa.

But the accused persons were not allowed to enter a plea before the court, as the court has got no jurisdiction over economic crime cases. 

The state attorney Johannes Zakaria told the court that on diverse dates between January 2014 and 14th January 2016 within the city of Dar es Salaam, all four accused being the directors and accountant of Six Telecoms limited jointly did acquire, use or administer money amounting to $3.282million while they knew that the said money is proceeds of predicate offense, namely fraud and other related offenses.

Attorney Zakaria alleged the accused for occasioning loss to a specified authority an amount of $3.748million, whereby between 1st January 2014 and 14th January 2016 in Dar es Salaam being directors, chief finance of six telecoms limited and company respectively, jointly by their wilful act did cause the TCRA to suffer a pecuniary loss of the said amount contrary to paragraph 10(1) of the First schedule to and sections 57(1) and 60(2) of the Economic and Organised Crime Control Act 2002.

The attorney added that on diverse date between 1st January 2014 and January 2016 within Dar es Salaam city all the accused being the directors, chief finance officer of Six Telecoms Limited and the company respectively, fraudulently undercharge international incoming telecommunication traffic at a rate of below the minimum rate of the $0.25 per minute for financial or personal gain.

The offense is contrary to regulations 7(1) and 2(c) and 25 of Electronic and Postal Communications (Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System) Regulations of 2013.

She added that on diverse date between 1st of January  2014 and 14th January 2016 within Dar es Salaam city the accused persons being directors, accountant of six Telecoms limited and the company acted in such capacity, fraudulently and with intent to avoid payment, did fail to pay $3.282million as revenues to Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), which is contrary to regulations 7(1) and 25 of Electronic and Postal Communications Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System Regulations of  2013 read with section 153 of the Electronic and Postal Communications Act 2010.

The accused persons were also charged for failure to pay fees contrary to sections 157, 152(1) and 153 of the Electronic and Postal Communication Act 2010. She said that on 1st January 2014 and 14th January 2016 in Dar es Salaam both accused fail to pay Regulatory fees amounting to $466 to the (TCRA).

The defence side led by advocate Masumbuko Lamwai challenged the charges of the accused persons, saying   the charge sheet has not yet identify the persons of that company and what each did in the case.

“The accused has not particularly identified in the charge sheet rather it alleged the persons in generally.

 The case will come for mention on November 24th, this  year.

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