Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Friday, January 15, 2022.
Sabaya has another case to answer on economic sabotage, court rules
The Arusha Resident Magistrates Court ruled on Friday that former Hai District Commissioner Lengai ole Sabaya and six others have a case to answer on economic sabotage charges.
Resident magistrate Patrick Kisinda said that after reviewing the evidence of 13 state witnesses and 12 exhibits, the court found all seven accused with a case to answer.
Apart from Sabaya, others in the case include Enock Mnkeni, Watson Mwahomange, John Aweyo, Sylvester Nyegu, Jackson Macha and Nathan Msuya.
Together, they face five counts of leading a criminal gang and the fifth charge is money laundering and extortion of Sh90 million from businessman Francis Mrosso while knowing doing so is a conspiracy to commit corruption.
Of the five offences, Mr Sabaya alone faces three charges of conspiracy to commit corruption, extortion of Sh90 million and abuse of power while he was the DC for Hai.
The case has been adjourned until January 17, when the accused will start defending themselves.
On October 15, 2021, Sabaya and three others were sentenced to 30 years in prison each after they were convicted of armed robbery.
Samia receives credentials for four new envoys
President Samia Suluhu Hassan has on Friday received credentials from four new ambassadors at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma.
The new envoys are Abdulla Ali M. Sheryan from Saud Arabia; Kim Sun Pyo from South Korea; Tri Yogo Jatmiko from Indonesia; and Zakaria El Goumiri from Morocco.
The handover event was attended by a couple of officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Ambassador Liberatus Mulamula.
The envoys also held talks with President Samia immediately after presenting their credentials where they pledged to strengthen the relationship between Tanzania and their countries.
Egypt donates over Sh800m worth of medical supplies to Tanzania
Egypt has donated medical supplies to Tanzania worth Sh864 million in what Egyptian media described as President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s efforts to improve the North African nation’s relations with East African countries.
Egyptian media reported Friday that two military aircraft took off from East Cairo military base to Tanzania carrying tons of medical aid Thursday, quoting the Egyptian Armed Forces announced.
They said that the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has provided the aid within the framework of Egypt’s “constant support to the African peoples amid crises.”
The statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces said that the provision of aid “aims to alleviate burdens on the Tanzanian citizens” as President El-Sisi has directed.
Kenyan fishermen arrested in Tanzania over alleged trespassing
Tanzania’s security officers are reportedly holding six Kenyan fishermen who were arrested on Monday while on a fishing expedition in Lake Victoria, the Kenyan-based newspaper The Standard reported Friday.
It quoted Kibro Beach Management Unit (BMU) chairman Joel Maulidi as saying that the six fishermen were allegedly waylaid by Tanzanian authorities before being transferred to Sota beach in Tanzania where they are being held.
The Kenyan fishermen are expected to appear in court where they will be charged with trespass and illegal fishing, the paper said.
“We have sent a team to Tanzania to negotiate terms for their release and have our fishing gears, two boats, and the entire catch which were also confiscated during the Monday night raid released,” Maulidi told The Standard.
“I am also on my way to Tarime [a Mara region district, northern Tanzania] where we expect our people will be transferred to secure their release. However, the Tanzanians have not told us exactly what they want,” he added.
This is the second time that Kenyan fishermen are arrested by Tanzanian authorities around Lake Victoria. On June 15, 2021, six fishermen were arrested and detained and nine others were held captive for alleged trespass into Tanzanian waters.
According to The Standard, the fishermen were released after a ransom was paid to Tanzania’s security officials.
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