Rajabu Maranda

The Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court yesterday adjourned the preliminary hearing of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining over 5bn/- case against former Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) cadre Rajabu Maranda and four other accused to February 24, this year.

Resident magistrate Frank Moshi adjourned the case because resident magistrate Aloyce Katemana, who is supposed to preside over the case, was sick.

The prosecution side, led by State Attorney Shadrack Kimaro, claimed to the court that the case came for preliminary hearing and joining another accused Iman Mwakosya, who was brought in the court.

Moshi told the court that the case was scheduled for preliminary hearing on February 24, this year, and Mwakosya would be joining other accused on that date.

Apart from Maranda, who is now serving five years in jail after founded 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 between December 2004 and May 2005, at unknown place in Dar es Salaam city, the 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, the 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 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, the 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, the 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 the 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.

By Karama Kenyunko, The Guardian

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