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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Mramba`s, Yona`s fate to be known on June 27

4th May 2012
Former cabinet ministers Basil Mramba (left) and Daniel Yona at Kisutu court. (file photo)

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on June 27 will decide on the abuse of office case facing former cabinet ministers Basil Mramba and Daniel Yona if they have a case to answer or not.

The two, who served during President Benjamin Mkapa's rule, are accused of occasioned a loss of 11,752,350,148/- through tax exemptions.

The prosecution side led by State Attorney Oswald Tibabyekomya told the court that the case came for the panel to arrange the date of ruling to decide if the accused had a case to answer or not.

Mramba, Yona and former treasury principal permanent secretary Gray Mgonja are accused of failing to take reasonable care to discharge their duties by unjustifiably signing government notices that led to the loss of the said amount of money.

In February, this year, the prosecution side brought 13 witnesses. In the course of the trial, the prosecution tendered in court 26 exhibits.

It is alleged that the trio wilfully committed the offence between 2003 and 2007 in respect of a firm known as Stewart Assayers.

The case was instituted following three years of investigation by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) and the police into the suspicious hiring of Alex Stewart (Assayers) Government Business Corporation (ASA) to audit gold production in Tanzania.

The corporation was in 2003 controversially assigned a contract, which saw it receive a whopping 65bn/- (US$50 million) in gold audit fees. It completed the assignment and left the country in August, 2007.

The ASA was paid an average of 1.3bn/- (US$1 million) every month from June 2003 to August, 2007.

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