The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday adjourned the preliminary hearing of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining of over 5bn/- case against former Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) cadre Rajabu Maranda and four other accused to May 23, this year.
Resident Magistrate Ritha Tarimo adjourned the case because a three-magistrate panel presiding at the case had other official duties.
The prosecution side, led by State Attorney Osward Tibabyekomya, claimed to the court that the case came for preliminary hearing.
Apart from Maranda, who is now serving five years in jail after found guilty of another case, other accused in the case are Esther Komu, Bosco Kimela, Ajay Soman and Jai Somani.
According to the charge sheet, it was alleged that on between December 2004 and May 2005, at unknown place in Dar es Salaam City, accused Maranda, Somani and Somani together with unknown persons, conspired to commit an offence of obtaining money by false pretences.
On the second count, it was alleged that on December 15, 2004, accused Maranda with intent to defraud or deceive forged a deed of assignment between Philip Sceman of Societe Alsacinne De Construction De Machines Textiles 146-148 Ruedaboukir 725002 of Paris France and Maulid Kaasa of Liquidity Service Ltd PO Box 3983 of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
It was further alleged that, the accused did it purporting to show Maulidi Kaasa of Liquidity Service Ltd was assigned a debt of 5,912,901,643/64 by M/S Societe Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris, France.
On the third count, it was alleged that, on August 30, 2005 at the bank of Baroda Ltd in Ilala municipality, accused Maranda knowingly and fraudulently uttered a forged memorandum and articles of association of Liquidity Service Ltd purporting to show that Thabit Katunda was a subscriber of the said Liquidity Service Ltd.
Further, it was alleged that, between September 2 and December 13, 2005, accused Maranda, Somani and Somani with intent to defraud obtained from Bank of Tanzania (BoT) 3,975,820,000/-, the property of the said bank by falsely pretending that Maulid Kaasa Liquidity Service Ltd had been assigned a debt amounting to that sum by M/S Societal Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris France in consideration for valid received.
On the fifth count, it was alleged that on between September 2 and December 13, 2005 the accused with intent to defraud obtained from BoT a credit of 1,937,081,643/64 by falsely pretending that Liquidity Service Ltd had been assigned a debt amounting to that sum by M/S Societe Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris, France in consideration for valid received.
On the last count, it was alleged that on August 30, 2005 at BoT in Ilala district accused Komu and Kimela being employees of BoT as acting deputy director debt apartment and acting security to the bank respectively by reason of their failure to discharge their duties in a reasonable manner caused the BoT to suffer a pecuniary loss of 5,912,901,643/64.