DECI members stranded, DPP promises to work on their appeal case
newly appointed Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Biswalo .E.K Mganga has
promised to push on the long awaited appeal of a case in which leaders of the defunct
Development Entrepreneurship for Community Initiative (DECI) were convicted of
misconduct against financial regulations. Speaking in a telephone interview on
Thursday last week, the DPP Mganga has assured to work on the appeal which was
applied in High Court in August 2013and inform the general public of the
outcome. “I am new in the office, just give me time to work on the issue and
then will release the outcome to the media so as they inform the general public
what is going on about the matter” he said and paused. The long awaited appeal
has caused frustration and disbelief among 450,000 DECI members who seem to
have lost hope of being refunded with their money which they had sown as seeds
in the company before it seized its operation two years ago. The order to
refund members of their money was ruled out by the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s
Court in Dar es Salaam after the firm’s leaders were convicted of an offense after
operating a pyramid scheme contrary to Section 911 8(2) of the Banking and
Financial Institutions Act number 5 of 2006 when brought before the court. Among orders given by the Magistrate Stuart
Sanga who was presiding over the case prior to its judgment in August 2013, in
his ruling included a directive to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) to refund members
of the public who owed the company over Sh. 92bn/- after they had sown seeds
with the company before it seized its operation.
Central Bank of Tanzania, twin tower buildings in Dar es Salaam city.
In the judgment, the court also ordered the
company’s dissolution and directed the BoT to confiscate all accounts at
various banks opened for the institution and seize all other assets owned by
the company to refund the frustrated members who had their money sown as seeds
upon verification of required receipts. However,
a follow up was made by this paper over the matter with a view to find out how
far has the BoT gone in the execution of the court’s order and found out that,
no single payment is already settled to members as ordered by the court. Preliminary
investigation by this paper over the matter discovered that, the BoT could not
immediately effect the order owing to the fact that, the office of the DPP had filed
an appeal to High Court whose outcome is not yet out up to now. The BoT’s issued
a letter with reference No. DECI (T) Ltd of 4th Nov 2013 to clarify
the matter which was signed by its Deputy Governor Lila Mkila that immediately
after the judgment on the DECI case, the DPP preferred a notice of appeal to
High Court. He further noted that, following this notice which was filed on 23rd
August, unless the appeal is determined otherwise the BoT cannot execute the
order. Mkila responded after this paper had earlier sent a request of
information to the Governor of the Central Bank of Tanzania with a view to see
how the BoT has executed the court’s order for the interest of DECI members. According
to media reports, by May 14, 2009, at least half a million people had sunk
billions of shillings into the scheme, some having borrowed from banks, rickety
family budgets and savings and credit cooperative societies for the purpose. The
leaders were alleged to have conducted an illegal pyramid scheme whereby they solicited
money from people and promised huge returns in the form of interest on money
sown. The scheme was made operational in the country on different dates between
2007 up to when the police impounded their premises in March 2009 at their
headquarter offices located at Mabibo area in Dar es Salaam.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
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