DAILY NEWS Reporter Daily News; Sunday,February 10, 2008 @18:02 A PRIVATE Information Technology (IT) Consultant, Mr William Vitalis Mkude, has sued the former Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Abubakar Rajab and three other persons, demanding, among others, over 500m/- as loss of business and damages. The suit, which is before High Court Judge Katharine Oriyo, has been set for mention on April 29. Other defendants in the suit are Director of Union in Vice-Presidents Office-Union Affairs, Ms Mary Anita Peter. Also in the case are Necor Data Limited, a company dealing with a project of collecting revenue data for the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Standard Chartered Bank, which has been joined in the suit for allegedly opening an account of the company irregularly. In the suit, Mr Mkude is also asking the court to stop ambassador Rajab and Ms Peter from acting as management of the company and that their actions of estranging him from the company and operation of the project be declared null and void. He alleges that in 2004 (during Mkapa's tenure M.M), he saw an advertisement in a newspaper concerning a tender on the project and he and another IT expert identified as Alfred Lyimo, agreed to venture into the tender and approached a qualified Necor Zambia Limited for the purpose. The duo allegedly invited ambassador Rajab and Ms Peter who had shown interest into the project (I really want to know why these duo). On January 14, 2005, they met and resolved, among others, to form the Necor Data Company to implement the project. They also resolved that Necor Zambia Limited should enter into the joint venture agreement with Necor Data Company, where the latter shall offer 50 per cent of its shares holding to the former and that Necor Zambia would bid for the tender as the principal. After incorporation of Necor Data Company, Mr Mkude was allegedly allotted 180 shares and became its shareholder and director. He allegedly took part in the opening of the tender, which the TRA later awarded it to Necor Zambia Limited on May 2, 2005. However, two weeks after the parties had signed the projects contract and when the operations were at its early stage, ambassador Rajab and Ms Peter advised Mr Mkude to make a plot to estrange the Zambian Company from the operation of the project. After Mr Mkude had refused to heed their demand, the duo chose to distance him in both decision or operations of the project and allegedly halted his directors allowances of 1,500 US dollars he was entitled to each month. He alleged he incurred a loss of 300m/- as he froze all his business for associating in the project and used all his time to establish the Necor Data Limited and ended up being cast aside as a charter box. According to him, he was entitled to 180m/- for mental suffering because of acts of being excluded from the project he had put his whole heart in and had laboured both within the country and abroad in order to make the same to be successful. My Take: Vikimkapa vingi vidogo dogo vitazidi kuibuka.