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Somaia charged in UK

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    n00b JF-Expert Member

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    By The Citizen Reporters

    A Kenyan businessman, Ketan Somaia, who is wanted in Tanzania for allegedly swindling billions of shillings from the central bank, has been charged with fraud in the UK.

    The UK High Commission in Nairobi said the businessman was, however, released on bail. He is facing three counts of theft and fraud in a UK court.

    Mr Somaia is among the key suspects who defrauded the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) of Sh180 billion through the infamous Commodity Import Support (CIS) scheme.

    He was extradited to Britain from India last Wednesday, more than six months after he was detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport following a notice issued by Interpol.

    An Indian newspaper, the Daily Mirror said a team of British police headed by escort officer Peter Thody took him into custody from the Mumbai Crime Branch at the airport on Wednesday afternoon.

    The UK High Commission in Kenya confirmed the extradition, adding that Mr Somaia had appeared in court on Thursday.

    Mr Somaia allegedly siphoned
    £400,000 (Sh848 million) off Hemini Plc.

    He is said to have fraudulently transferred £00,000 by representing that he was entitled to sell shares of Delphis Bank (Mauritius).

    In addition, he is accused of stealing £
    100,000 from the firm on April 16, 2002.

    Through Interpol, the UK government issued a red corner notice for Somaia, on the basis of which he was detained by the CBI in Mumbai on December 18, 2008.

    The UK had sought the Kenyan's extradition since then, but he complained of health problems.

    He was first admitted at a private heart care hospital in BKC and subsequently at a private critical care hospital in Juhu, where he remained until the extradition.

    Mr Somaia rose to prominence in Kenya with a questionable contract in the mid 1980s to supply the 1987 All Africa Games in Nairobi.

    The businessman is a former sponsor of the Miss World competition through his Dolphin hotels, banking and motor trading group.

    Other countries that have reportedly requested Mr Somaia's extradition are Uganda and Mauritius.

    In Tanzania, he allegedly established the defunct Delphis Bank, which he used to siphon millions of shillings off the BoT under the CIS scheme.

    The multi-million dollar scheme has been at the centre of controversy for many years after it was used by some companies to defraud the central bank.

    Despite numerous calls for thorough investigations to track down the culprits, no one has been arrested in connection with the massive fraud.

    The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau has for a long time been investigating the scandal. However, the corruption watchdog is yet to prosecute anyone.

    Earlier this year, the Government appointed a private broker to hunt down the companies that are suspected to have swindled public funds through the scheme.

    But the broker, an independent debt collection company, is now reportedly seeking police assistance to recover at least part of Sh180 billion looted from the scheme.

    Its executive director Ibrahim Msolopa was recently quoted in a local newspaper as saying some of the debtors had resorted to threatening the debt collectors.

    According to media reports, Mr Msolopa linked unidentified "various prominent politicians" and their spouses with the CIS scandal. He accused them of refusing to repay their debts.

    "We are currently waiting for a response to our letter sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs, in which we requested police assistance in our task,"Mr Msolopa said, according to the reports.

    A number of high-profile businessmen with connections to senior politicians are also said to have flatly refused to repay their debts.

    Instead, Mr Msolopa said, they were using "harsh and threatening language" when confronted to honour their obligations.

    The broker said the authorities had decided to postpone plans to publicly name and shame the reported 40 defaulters.

    A tripartite meeting comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Tanzania Revenue Authority and the debt collection agency will determine the next move against the bad debtors.

    The list of defaulters will be disclosed after three parties hold the meeting, according to Mr Msolopa.

    In his latest audit report, Controller and Auditor General Ludovick Utuoh mentioned the CIS funds scam as among major pending issues the Government needed to urgently address.
     
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    The above one was reported yesterday by The Citizen Newspaper, today the story continues as follows:

    Govt to seek Somaia's extradition

    By Mkinga Mkinga

    The Government plans to pursue the extradition of Kenyan businessman Ketan Somaia from the United Kingdom to answer charges of swindling billions of shillings from the Bank of Tanzania.

    However, the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Mr Robert Manumba, told the The Citizen in Dar es Salaam that it was too early to say how they would go about getting Mr Somaia extradited to Tanzania.

    "Give us some us. As we communicate with our counterparts in the UK, we will be able to know what is required to get the suspect to be brought here."

    Mr Somaia was arrested in India recently and extradited to Britain, where he is facing fraud and theft charges.

    The director of communication at the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Dar es Salaam, Ms Mary Mosha, said they planned to initiate legal proceedings.

    "We shall do all we can to have him returned here so he can face charges," Ms Mosha said. An official at the British High Commission in Dar, Mr John Bradshaw, told the The Citizen that his country had sought the extradition of the businessman man from India, where he was being held by the authorities. He was returned to the UK on July 8.

    "We are grateful to India, for this. The matter is now for the UK and the Crown Prosecution Service to deal with," Mr Bradshaw added. Mr Somaia was arraigned for theft and fraud in the UK and released on bail. He faces three counts.

    Mr Somaia is among the key suspects alleged to have defrauded the BoT of Sh180 million through the infamous Commodity Import Support (CIS) scheme.

    He was sent to Britain from India, more than six months after he was detained at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, following a notice issued by Interpol.

    An Indian newspaper, the Daily Mirror, reported that a team of British police headed by escort officer Peter Thody took him into custody from the Mumbai Crime branch at the airport, before he was flown out to the UK.

    The British authorities are accusing Mr Somaia of siphoning 400,000 sterling pounds (Sh848 million) from Hemini Plc.

    He is alleged to have transferred the money by purporting that he was entitled to the sale of shares of Delphis Bank (Mauritius).

    While in India, the businessman had been admitted to a private hospital in BKC for heart treatment, before being transferred to a hospital in Juhu, where he was until his extradition.

    Other countries that have reportedly requested for his extradition, include Uganda and Mauritius. In Tanzania, he established the defunct Delphis Bank, which he allegedly used to siphon millions of shillings out of the BoT under the CIS scheme.

    His was one of the several organisations that benefited from the controversial scheme.

    Despite numerous calls for thorough investigations to track down the culprits, nobody has been arrested in connection with the massive fraud.

    Mr Somaia, the larger than life business and political figure who rose to prominence in Kenya with a questionable contract in the mid 1980s to supply the 1987 All Africa Games in Nairobi, has fallen on hard times.

    He was jailed in Kenya several years ago for defrauding the National Bank of Kenya.

    Earlier this year, the Tanzania Government appointed a private broker, Msolopa Investment Company, to hunt down the companies suspected to have stolen public funds through the scheme.

    But the broker is now reportedly seeking police assistance to recover part of the Sh180 billion looted from the scheme. Its executive director, Mr Ibrahim Msolopa, said some of the debtors had resorted to threats.
     
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    Wamwache mashitaka yake yafanyikie huko huko....in that way international media will get to learn exactly what is being swept under the rug nchini mwetu.... maana wakimleta hapa bongo akina DPP hawachelewi kuingilia kati na kusema kuwa "huyu alitumwa tu!!"
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    hivi mnamnjua vizuri huyu jamaa au ?
     
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    Hebu tumegee zaidi mkuu!
     
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    Atasema ni partner we freeman Mbowe!
     
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    hatumjui vizuri ....hebu tufahamishe GT ...
     
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    Tunasubiri nondo Mkuu GT.
     
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    GT unatunyanyasa...tupe mambo!
     
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    Namjua kama Babu kubwa wa fraud!!!!???? Uki-tress mafisadi wetu wa hapa nchini, hasa wale wa kiasia wana mahali walipata training, ni hapa kwa mzee. The dot is connected, ...........Ila mastory yake ya fraud ukiachia CIS tunaomba mdondoshe hapa. UK watampata na kosa ila kwa shamba la bibi Tz watasema wakimgusa atawataja waliomtuma na itakuwa ni hatari kwa usalama wa nchi. I can't imagine a high profile figure like DPP to mention such hovyo hovyo sentences. Hivi kwa nini haja resign kama yule wa TANAPA?? Shame!!!
     
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    Naomba wasimrudishe Tanzania, huku kwetu blah blah nyingi sana
     
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