Tanzanian Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) office has declared to have no intention to continue with the case against business mogul Yusuph Manji who was accused for economic sabotage.
Tanzania Kisutu resident magistrate court has set free Manji and three co-accused who were facing seven counts on economic sabotage. Manji has remanded for amost two months.
The Kisutu Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi made the decision on Thursday afternoon after the senior Public Prosecutor Kishenyi Mutalemwa asked the case to be dropped.
Matalemwa told the court that the DPP disclosed that has no intention to continue with the case, he decided to enter a "nolle prosequi" certificate in favour of the accused person.
The City business tycoon and three others were charged with seven counts including that of illegal possession of government stamps and textile used for making Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) combat uniforms
The charges against Manji and his three-other co-accused were read at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute housed within, where the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court had to move. Charged along Manji are Quality Group workers, Deogratius Kisinda (28)- Human Resource and Administrative Officer, Abdallah Sangey (46)-storekeeper and Thobias Fwele (43)-Assistant Store keeper.
According to the charge that was read before resident Magistrate Shaidi, the accused allegedly on June 30, 2017 at Chang’ombe were found with 43 bundles of fabric used for making TPDF uniforms valued at over Sh200 million
The accused were also allegedly found in possession of rubber stamps property of the TPDF, without lawful authority
After reading the charges, prosecution produced a certificate to object bail to the accused from the Director of Public Prosecution on the grounds of national security
Manji has been remanded pending hearing of economic and national security charges levelled by the state against him.
In the application filed at the Court through his lawyers Peter Kibatala and Joseph Thadayo, Manji is asking the higher authority to nullify a certificate to deny him bail presented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
According to the application number 113 of 2017, Manji wants to be granted bail on health grounds claiming that he is suffering from heart disease.
The application was mentioned today before Judge Isaya Arufani where the republic represented by state attorney Paul Kadushi and Wankyo Simon asked for more time so as to prepare and file counter affidavit.
Judge Arufani agreed with the request and required the republic to file their counter affidavit on Monday next week so as to enable hearing of the application set for August 4.
On July 5, this year, Manji was arraigned at Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court alongside three officials with Quality Group namely Deogratius Kisinda, the Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Abdallah Sangey, Store Keeper and Thobias Fwele, Assistant Store Keeper and charged with seven economic and national security counts.
They were not allowed to enter plea to the charges read before resident magistrate Huruma Shaidi because the Kisutu Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
However, the prosecution presented a certificate by the DPP seeking to deny bail to the accused on the ground that their release would jeopardise public and national security.
The prosecution further told the court that the lower court lacks jurisdiction to consider bail according to the nature of offences charged.