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Moment of shame...

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Magezi, Feb 7, 2010.

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    Magezi JF-Expert Member

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    ...As Tanzania gets a refund of $28m (Sh37.8billion)

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    Former president Benjamin Mkapa

    In the wake of British Aerospace Engineering System's agreement on Friday to pay back $400million (Sh540billion) in fines after admitting that its arms deals, including the controversial radar sold to Tanzania, was marred by corruption, many in Tanzania are left wondering whether those who negotiated the dubious deal during the third phase regime will now be prosecuted, and how much money will be paid back to the Tanzanian people.

    In its comprehensive investigation, UK's Serious Fraud Office named Andrew Chenge, Sailesh Vithlani, Tanil Somaiya, and Dr Idris Rashidi as the key suspects linked to suspicious payments amounting to $12million doled out by the BAE System broker in Dar es Salaam.

    On Friday the British arms firm accepted guilt and agreed to pay penalties in the US and the UK totalling several hundred million dollars to settle the long-running corruption allegations against it.

    Under the deal, announced simultaneously in London and Washington, BAE will pay $400m (£255) in the US and $47m (£30m) in the UK.

    In the US, the company will plead guilty to offences of false accounting to settle bribery allegations made over the enormous Al Yamamah arms deals with Saudi Arabia stretching back more than 20 years, as well as corruption allegations over arms deals in central Europe.

    The deal with the SFO in the UK covers one arms contract only, under which overpriced military radar was sold to Tanzania. The SFO said some of the cash would become "an ex gratia payment for the benefit of the people of Tanzania".

    According to details from the SFO's investigation, the actual price of the military radar sold to Tanzania at that time was $12million, but Tanzania paid about $40million - with the extra $28million going into the pockets of those involved, both government officials and private individuals.

    Under the new deal between the SFO and BAE System announced on Friday, Tanzania may get a refund of $28 million (Sh37.8 billion) an amount that could pay for 9,500 students to pursue their undergraduate studies for two years or provide 7.4 million families with treated mosquito nets at a cost of Sh5,000 per net.

    In 2006, the UK investigators established that BAE System had secretly paid a $12m commission into the Swiss bank account of Sailesh Vithlani in a deal that led to Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries, buying a military radar system with only nominal justification.

    The back-door payment to the Tanzanian middleman represented 30 percent of the contract value. Tanzania had to borrow to finance the deal, which critics said was unnecessary and overpriced.

    Tony Blair supported the 2002 sale but former UK minister for international development Clare Short says she and the chancellor at the time, the UK's current Prime Minister Gordon Brown, opposed it.

    Vithlani's 2006 admission that he had brokered the shady deal led Short to call for BAE's prosecution if the allegations were proved true. She said the prime minister had been personally responsible for forcing the licence for the Tanzania deal through the cabinet.

    "No 10 insisted on letting this go ahead, when it stank," she said. "It was always obvious that this useless project was corrupt."

    Reacting to BAE's agreement to pay back the money, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Chief Edward Hosea said, "This is a great achievement in fighting grand corruption because it goes beyond the court battle by enabling the victim to get the refund of the stolen monies."

    "But that doesn't mean that we are going to drop our charges because the agreement has been reached according to UK laws," Hosea told The Guardian on Sunday. "In Tanzania the case is still going on."

    Moment of truth, shame

    For Benjamin Mkapa - who strongly defended the purchase of the radar during his presidency even after Short told him in Dodoma in 2001 that the deal had been corrupt - it is a moment of shame.

    But for President Kikwete, BAE's admission of guilt is a political victory, because in 2006 he publicly demanded compensation from the firm for overpricing the radar.

    Meanwhile for Blair, who is currently heavily under fire in his country for his secret unconditional commitment to the war in Iraq, the BAE investigation is yet another damning example of how multinational companies export corruption to Africa- and their governments have been complicit in it.

    Blair was at the centre of the controversy over the BAE radar deal with Tanzania, just as he was with the Saudi arms contracts. Short and fellow cabinet member Robin Cook had tried to stop the sale of the radar, but as prime minister, Blair overruled them and insisted that the deal had to go through.

    Reacting to the BAE System's move to pay its fine, Short said on Friday, "Every way you looked at it, it [the deal] was outrageous and disgraceful. And guess who absolutely insisted on it going through? My dear friend Tony Blair, who absolutely, adamantly, favoured all proposals for arms deals."

    Short further added, "It was an obviously corrupt project…Tanzania didn't need a new military air traffic control, it was out-of-date technology and they needed a civilian air traffic control system and there was a modern, much cheaper one. Everyone talks about good governance in Africa as though it is an African problem, and often the roots of the ‘badness' are companies in Europe."

    The World Bank and the International Civil Aviation Organisation judged that the 2001 purchase was unnecessary and overpriced.

    For key suspects involved in the Tanzanian deal, BAE's admission of guilt is the culmination of six years of denial on both sides, as well as a political cover-up here in Tanzania intended to help some of them to avoid prosecution. At least four Tanzanian suspects were being investigated by both the SFO and the PCCB. They include former Attorney General Andrew Chenge, former Central Bank governor Idris Rashidi, Sailesh Vithlani and his close partner Tanil Somaiya.

    Other suspects from the UK are Michael Peter Rouse, Sir Richard Harry Evans, Michael John Turner, Julia Adgridge and two senior officials from BAE System. It is believed that there are still more names from the previous regime that were part of the team that pocketed $12m in kickbacks from the deal.

    According to the SFO, the kickbacks were paid to Tanzania's top officials in advance to move the negotiation process along smoothly.

    Chenge was forced to resign in 2008 after investigators discovered more than £500,000 in a Jersey bank account he controlled but, he strongly denied the money had come from BAE. Now, with the truth finally surfacing, the big question is: Will Tanzania let the suspects off the hook after recovering its stolen billions?

    Though the PCCB Chief on Friday ruled out any possibility of dropping the case, at the local level there has been a secret campaign to ensure that those implicated in the radar deal are saved from the arm of the law.

    Last November, minister in charge of good governance Sofia Simba, who deals with the PCCB under her docket, tried unsuccessfully to clear Chenge of any wrongdoing when she claimed in Dodoma that the SFO had already written a letter absolving the former AG-claims vehemently denied by the UK government.

    Early in 2008, the UK investigators that Chenge had received $1.5m (2.1bn/-) in kickbacks from the deal through a slush fund he set up in the UK island of Jersey.

    According to a draft report written by the SFO and seen by The Guardian on Sunday, Chenge received payments through six credit transfers between June 19, 1997, and April 17, 1998, while he was serving as Attorney General.

    The billions were paid to account No.59662999 owned by Franton Investment Limited through Bank Code No 204505 of Barclays Bank Plc, according to the draft report, a final version of which was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The SFO also established that Chenge owns Franton Investment, a registered company that appears to have been established primarily to enable the transfer of the dirty money. According to information provided by the Jersey Authority, the $1.5m was transferred from a Frankfurt branch of Barclays Bank to Chenge's account at a Jersey branch.

    For example, the SFO established that on September 20, 1999, Chenge personally authorised the transfer of $1.2m from the Franton account to Royal Bank of Scotland International in Jersey. In May 1998, Chenge also authorised the transfer of $600,000 to an account owned and operated by Langley Investments Ltd. The account was officially operated by former Central Bank Governor Dr Idris Rashidi.

    Rashidi is former managing director of the troubled Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (Tanesco). The SFO report concluded that both Rashidi and Chenge were key figures in the corrupt radar deal, but they were acting with the full support of top officials from the third phase regime.

    SOURCE:
    GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
     
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    Hizi tabia za kubadilisha vichwa vya habari kukizi haja ya watu binafsi ni mbaya sana
     
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    nndondo JF-Expert Member

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    Wake up Tanzanians! Let us stop these people from continuing impoverish us. Tanzania belong to the Tanzanians, Let us say no to their intimidation! This is a big shame to the people of his constituency and his party CCM, as usual who staged a big welcome for him after his forced resignation, where do they put their faces today? you will not be surprised that the same party will still shortlist him for ubunge' my dear people of this country, this is the time, if need be let us go to the streets to demand their complete sacking from their party and representation of our people, how gready, look at them, eti the other chap was put in the highest position of the only power generating company, and yet, we hear his name was still brought up in the shortlisted candidates for the next tenure! Hivi mpaka tufanyweje? CCM yetu wote, Tanzania yetu wote, tusikubali kuburuzwa
     
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    PCCB better prosecute and win this case. They have evidence from the UK SFO investigation, they have evidence from their own investigation, they have an admission of guilt from the company that handed out the bribes.

    There is absolutely no excuse why those involved should not be prosecuted found guilty, fined and jailed. Anything less would be gross incompetence, gross corruption or both.
     
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    Alpha JF-Expert Member

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    As long as CCM continues to run the show, in effect, unchallenged. Our country will continue to be raped. We need a strong opposition and an educated populace to lift us out of this nightmare.
     
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    bigilankana Senior Member

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    SFO hawasemi kuwa ni rushwa (wamegeuka kabisa) na wanasema ni accounting error. Statement yao hii hapa.

    BAE Systems plc
    The Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") and the US Department of Justice ("DoJ"), have both announced settlements with BAE Systems plc, in a ground breaking global agreement. The DoJ agreement involves BAE's business dealings in a number of countries, whilst the SFO agreement concentrates on the company's operations in Tanzania.

    The SFO has today reached an agreement with BAE Systems that the company will plead guilty in the Crown Court to an offence under section 221 of the Companies Act 1985 of failing to keep reasonably accurate accounting records in relation to its activities in Tanzania. The company will pay £30 million comprising a financial order to be determined by a Crown Court judge with the balance paid as an ex gratia payment for the benefit of the people of Tanzania.

    In conjunction with this agreement the SFO has taken account of the implementation by BAE Systems of substantial ethical and compliance reforms and the company's agreement with the DoJ announced today, and has determined that no further prosecutions will be brought against BAE Systems in relation to the matters that have been under investigation by the SFO.

    SFO Director Richard Alderman said, "I am very pleased with the global outcome achieved collaboratively with the DoJ. This is a first and it brings a pragmatic end to a long-running and wide-ranging investigation. I would like to thank the Ministry of Defence Police for their support and contribution. Furthermore, I'd also like to acknowledge the efforts made by BAE to conclude this matter and I welcome its declared commitment to high ethical standards".
     
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    alibaba Senior Member

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    Mh. Benjamin Wiliam Mkapa.

    Magezi,
    Kidogo kidgo kamba inakaza, je itakaza mpaka pale inapotakiwa kubana?? jibu ni gumu na ndipo ninaposema kuna haja ya kuwa na "ACTION GROUP" ili kushuhulikia haya maswala tunayohofia kuwa yatafumbiwa macho na kuwachwa njiani kwa makusudi.Kuna ulazima wa kuhakikisha Sheria Inafanya kazi na kuwahudumia hawa VIBAKA wa Mabilioni kama vile inavyowahudumia vibaka wa mitaani.
     
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    Mgeninani Senior Member

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    Hivi bado wako nje(chenge, Dr idrisa)? walitakiwa wawe keko
     
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    Magezi JF-Expert Member

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    Lakini ujumbe si umefika au?
     
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    Injinia JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi mtu utaelezaja kuwa na 1.125 billion shillings in an account?
    Tena mtumishi wa serikali.

    Ikifika kesho jumatatu hajaswekwa mtu ndani ntasikitika sana. Yaani hao akina Chenge, Rashid, Somaiya na mwenzake wanatakiwa warudishe hizo pesa, walipe faini juu, wachukue lirada lao wali install labda kwenye makazi yao mapya Ukonga.

    Shameless unpatriotic fools. Kurudisha taifa zima nyuma kwa ajili ya matumbo yao. Hili la rada ni moja tu lililolipuka, nadhani kutakuwa na mengine hatuyajui.

    Tutapata lini viongozi wenye utaifa na wasiopenda kufichia wenzao siri za uhalifu kama huu jamani?
     
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    Waberoya JF-Expert Member

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    Thanks my friend




    what do you mean by action group?

    Are you dreaming? kuna rafiki yangu mmoja mweupe sana na mwingine mwembamba sana. They make jokes. Huyu mweupe sana anasema kwao yeye ndiye mweusi kuliko wote! na huyu mwembamba anasema kwao ndiye mnene kuliko wote!!

    using CCM standard those two guys are clean!!!
     
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    Wacha1 JF-Expert Member

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    Ndio Tanzania hiyo ya kina Kikwete et al! Wamesema Tanzania ina wenyewe na wenyewe sio walipa kodi ati!
     
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    Kwa maoni yangu sioni ubaya wowote wa kichwa cha habari hiki.

    Ukweli wa mambo "this is a moment of shame" hasa ukichukulia Watanzania walio wengi ndani na nje ya nchi tulivyosimama kidete kupinga ununuzi wa rada hiyo lakini Mkapa na Serikali yake hawakutaka kusikia la jini wala la shetani na hatimaye Mramba kutwambia Watanzania "Hata majani tutakula lakini ni lazima rada inunuliwe" Sasa kurudishwa hizo pesa zetu inaonyesha kabisa ununuzi huo haukuweka mbele maslahi ya nchi bali maslahi ya fisadi Mkapa na mafisadi wenzake akina Mzee wa Vijisenti, Idrissa Rashid, Tanil Somaiya yule wakala wa ununuzi na wengineo.

    Na ukweli halisi kuhusu ni akina nani waliofaidika na $12 million alizopewa yule muhindi bado umefichwa ili kuwalinda "wahusika wenye majina" lakini kama ukianikwa hadharani basi itakuwa aibu kubwa kwa wengi. Indeed this is a moment of shame!
     
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    alibaba Senior Member

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    Wabberoya,
    Ninachomainaisha:



    Nimeyasema haya katika thread nyingine naona niyarudie hapa kuna umuhimu wa Walk the Walk badala ya Talk the Talk! Naona wakati umefika kwa JF kuwa na "ACTION GROUP" ili kujaribu kukabiliana na baadhi matatizo kwa vitendo. Kwa wale mliotanguli kujiunga na kuchangia mawazo kila uchao mniwie radhi in advance ikiwa ninakosea, lakini tumekuwa wazungumzaji na watoa lawama, au Wafagiliaji wa kambi A na Wapondaji wa Kambi B, Wakati ukweli wa mambo ni kuwa Kambi zote hizo zimeoza zinakwenda kwa amri ya Mungu tu.

    Matatizo ya UFISADI,RUSHWA,UBADHIRIFU WA MALI ZA TAIFA,UONGOZI MBAYA/MBOVU,UTUMIAJI MBAYA WA MADARAKA na mengine mengi ni baadhi ya mambo ambayo "ACTION GROUP" Ingeweza kukabiliana nayo Kwa kutumia Vyombo na Taasisi za ndani na nje ya Nchi. Ili maswala kama hayo yasipotee na kuishia hewani "ACTION GROUP" Ichukuwe hatua za kuyafikisha katika taasisi za nchi zinazohusika na ikiwa zitakataa kulipokea au zitapuuza basi lipelekwe katika taasisi za kimataifa. Ni jambo litakalohitaji Wakati na Moyo mkuu wa kujitolea na bila shaka fedha za uendeshaji pia zitahitajika, ningependa kusikia hoja zenu:

    MZEE MWANAKIJIJI, REV KISHOKA, BUBU ATAKA KUSEMA, FIELDMASHER, ELNINO, MWIBA, GAME THEORY, COMPANERO, JUJUMAN, LOLE GWAKISA na wote ambao majina yenu sikuweza kuyataja kwa leo.
     
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    Kimweri JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa kipindi cha miaka 30 huyu mheshimiwa hakuwahi kuutumia mshahara wake kwa lolote.

    Hapa naasume kuwa alikuwa analipwa mshahara wa milioni 3 flat kwa miaka hiyo 30.

    Hivi wakati wanyerere mshahara wa waziri si ulikuwa elfu kadhaa tu?!!sasa hii minjemba imefikishaje bilioni?

    nyumba zao wamepewa bure?watoto wao wamesomeshwa bure?chakula hawanunui?hospitali hawaendi?watupe siri za mafanikiio mahohehae sie.
     
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    Jayfour_King JF-Expert Member

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    Ingawa kuna ka msemo "mwacheni mzee apumzike" lakini mwisho wa uongo ni aibu na mwenye macho haambiwi tazama, ameharibu maana nzima ya utu uzima dawa.
     
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    Kimweri JF-Expert Member

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    jamani eeh..,makosa ya hiyo kampuni wameyaona wadhungu tu sie mkwere hajaona bado makosa!

    maybe,anafikiria wazdhungu hawakosei.ni aibu kubwa sana.jamaa walioutetea uozo wa kimtu kifupi sasa hivi kwisha habari yao.

    ibarikiwe internet.
     
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    Ogah JF-Expert Member

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    ..error?........hiyo ni mwanangu funika kombe........au hamuwajui wadhungu.........

    ..........accounting error inakuwa embraced na viongozi wetu kwenye account zao.......huh!........
     
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    Nimekupata mkuu, safi lets work on that
     
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    Yaani jamani nyie hii picha mnakiuka kbs sheria kuitundika hapa hivi hamjisikii vibaya hata kuimulika du hatari tupu.ilijichotea mibilions kula ovyo mwili umepanuka kila mahali mpaka PUA kubwa mfereji una afadhali.unapata uongozi kujitengenezea mipresha ya nini?yaani hawa mungu atawabariki
     
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