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WikiLeaks: Tanzania official fears for his life!

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    ipyax JF-Expert Member

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    The Tanzanian prosecutor investigating worldwide misconduct by BAE, Britain's biggest arms company, confided to US diplomats that "his life may be in danger" and senior politicians in his small African country were "untouchable".

    A leaked account of what the head of Tanzania's anti-corruption bureau, Edward Hoseah, termed the "dirty deal" by BAE to sell Tanzania an overpriced radar system, is revealed in the US embassy cables.

    BAE is to appear in court in London tomorrow, when their system of making secret payments to secure arms contracts, exposed by the Guardian, will be officially detailed for the first time.

    Every individual involved in the BAE scandal in Britain and Tanzania has escaped prosecution.

    But the arms giant agreed with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to pay £30m in corporate reparations and fines, provided the word "corruption" did not appear on the indictment. A corruption conviction would debar the company from EU contracts.

    The former overseas development secretary, Clare Short, said at the time: "It was always obvious that this useless project was corrupt."

    Hoseah met a US diplomat, Purnell Delly, in Dar es Salaam in July 2007, and claimed (unrealistically it turned out) he would be able to prosecute guilty individuals in the BAE case. The US cable reports: "He called the deal 'dirty' and said it involved officials from the Ministry of Defence and at least one or two senior level military officers."

    Hoseah spoke gloomily about the prospects for Tanzania's anti-corruption struggle and his original hopes to prosecute the "big fish" of corruption.

    "He told us point blank ... that cases against the prime minister or the president were off the table ..." The cable then details allegations against former leaders and their inner circles, saying they would be "untouchable".

    "He noted that President Kikwete does not appear comfortable letting the law handle corruption cases which might implicate top-level officials." The cable then says Kwitke "does not want to set a precedent" by going after any of his predecessors.

    There were "widespread rumours of corruption within the Bank of Tanzania", Hoseah said, and the island region of Zanzibar was also "rife with corruption".

    The diplomat noted: "Hoseah reiterated concern for his personal security ... saying he believed his life may be in danger ... He had received threatening text messages and letters and was reminded every day that he was fighting the 'rich and powerful'."

    He might have to flee the country. He warned: "He said quietly: 'If you attend meetings of the inner-circle, people want you to feel as if they have put you there. If they see that you are uncompromising, there is a risk.' "

    The US embassy noted in a "cynical" aside, that probably the only reason Hoseah felt obliged to attempt a BAE prosecution was because the SFO had presented him with "a fully developed case file, brimming with detailed evidence".

    Today's court appearance by BAE is the culmination of lengthy attempts to bring the company to justice since the Guardian exposed its worldwide secret payment system.

    The prime minister at the time, Tony Blair, intervened in 2006 to halt an SFO investigation into payments to members of the Saudi royal family.

    The US department of justice has had more success than the SFO, forcing BAE to pay $400m (£260m) in penalties under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    £28m radar deal 'stank'

    Tanzania, on Africa's east coast, is one of the poorest states in the world, formerly controlled in turn by Arab slavers, German colonists and the British.

    At the time of the radar deal, life expectancy was 45.

    Tanzania was forced to apply for debt relief from the west and was heavily dependent on aid. It is ravaged by HIV/Aids and its GDP per head is just $723 (£465).

    President Benjamin Mkapa, whose regime did the deal, was succeeded in 2004 by his political colleague Jakaya Kikwete.

    Tanzania, which has no air force, bought the military air defence radar from BAE in 2001 for £28m.

    It was claimed the Commander system, which was portable and festooned with anti-jamming devices, could also be used for civilian air traffic control.

    The country borrowed the cost from Barclays, adding to its debt burden. Both the World Bank and the International Civil Aviation Organisation called the purchase unnecessary and overpriced.

    In London, the then development secretary, Clare Short, temporarily blocked aid payments in protest. "It stank," she now says of the sale.

    She urged an export licence be withheld, but was overruled by Tony Blair himself. Robin Cook, then foreign secretary, recorded bitterly in his diary that Dick Evans [of BAE] seemed to have "the key to the garden door of No 10 [Downing St]".

    In January 2007 the Guardian disclosed that BAE had used an offshore front company, Red Diamond, to secretly pay £8.4m, 30% of the radar's ostensible price, into a Swiss account.

    The account was controlled by Tanzanian middleman Sailesh Vithlani. His "consultancy" agreement was, it is alleged, formally signed off in London by Evans.
     
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    Mdondoaji JF-Expert Member

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    Sasa movie imeiva wacha nichukue popcorn niangalie hii movie. Kuhusu Zanzibar hilo jambo haliangaliwi but pia nako kumejaa rushwa serikalini at least Hosea alikuwa mkweli hapa. Thank you wikileaks!!!
     
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    Hmmmm!

     
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    A little more detail but names have been censored.

    US embassy cables: BAE's 'dirty deal' to sell radar to Tanzania revealed | World news | guardian.co.uk
     
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    Atleast now we can see with our naked eyes. Hapa hamna haja ya kuwa na political differences. Atleast Hosea tried it out and for sure we know the culprits. Nchi imeoza na watu wanaendelea kuamini kuwa kuwepo kwa mtu sehem fulani wao ndio wamesababisha na si uwezo wa kiutendaji. Ila Hosea sasa yupo kwenye risk kubwa ni vyema atafute mlango wa kutoa. Mkapa needs to come out and TALK. Its time now to know the inner cycle. Kikwete anaonekana hahusiki lakini tunaamini amehusika kwa sababu ameacha watu watanue. Kuna haja ya hili suala kwenda na KATIBA kwa sasa na kuangalia ukomo wa madaraka ya Rais.
     
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    Hii habari ya lini? sourced from where?

    Nionavyo, it sums up kwanini Hosea has been acting strangely and erratic, kuanzia kule kwene Richmond na hili dudu la rada aliposema kwamba kesi imeisha', kumbe alitishiwa kudedishwa! Lakini uoga wake ni maafa kwa watz wengi maskini wasiojua hili wala lile ambao maendeleo yao ya kijamii yanategemea usimamizi nadhifu wa sheria na taratibu za kiserikali na watumishi wote wa umma. Kwa kuongfezea tu hapo, naona ishu ya vyeo vya kuteuana inavyokuwa kero, yule aliyekuteua anaona kama upo obliged kwake na sio kwa wananchi. Haya ni matatizo ya kujitakia kutokana na taratibu zetu za kijinga za utawala.
     
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    " President Kikwete does not appear comfortable letting the law handle corruption cases"...

    Sasa tumejua ni kwa nini Mh. Raisi Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete hatakaki kumuwajibisha Hosea kwa mujibu wa maamuzi ya Bunge la 9 la wananchi wa Tanzania, pia tumwejua Jeuri ya Hosea inatokea wapi kwamba yuko pale kuwalinda Mafisadi maana amekiri mwenyewe kama wikileak ilivyolipoti kwamba mafisadi wanataka a-compromise na ni ajue kwamba ni wao waliomuweka hapo....

    Hii Takukuru inafaa ivunjwe na kuundwa upya ikiwa ni tume huru ya kuchunguza na kuwashtaki wala Rushwa... Hosea ameshindwa kazi kwa kukiri kwamba Prime minister na president ni untouchable hata kama wamefanya makosa na inaonekana wazi kwamba past leaders pia wana makosa maana kikwete hataki kutoa precedent itayomfanya akumbukwe maishani mwake...labda anaogopa kwamba akiwashtaki past leaders naye watamkaanga kwa mafuta yake kwa kum-implicate kwenye kesi hizo katika kujitetea kwao na yeye pia kushtakiwa aki-staafu...

    Labda JF nisaidieni kujua hili... hivi hawa mafisadi kuna kitu wanachokijua ambacho mtu wa kawaida hawezi kukijua kwamba ukiwa na fedha nyingi sana chafu hapa Duniani na ukiondoka hapa Duniani (yaani ukifa may be baada ya miaka sema 100 hivi) Mwenye Enzi Mungu atakuhesabiwa kwa utajiri uliojimilikishia na kukuongeza matanuzi huko ahela au ndio mwisho wa mchezo ukiisha ikingia kaburini? ni kwa nini basi hawa mafisadi wanaotafuta fedha chafu kwa udi na uvumba hawalali mchana wala usiku bali ni ku-amass mafedha mchana na usiku kutwa? nani wa kuwapa mapumziko angalau mwampe oxygen mtu wa kawaida mlipa kodi wa Tanzania?
     
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    "He noted that President Kikwete does not appear comfortable letting the law handle corruption cases which might implicate top-level officials."

    Halafu bado unakuta kuna wapuuzi kila siku wako bize kutaka kutuaminisha eti JK ni mpambanaji wa ufisadi. Maneno kama amekasirika sana, amesisitiza hatua kali zichukuliwe, hana mchezo na walarushwa ni baadhi tu ya ngonjera tunazozisikia kila siku lakini kumbe the top czar wa PCCB ana mtazamo huu kuhusu bosi wake.

    My Take:
    Muda si mrefu mtayaona makucha ya muungwana, the guy is just not what we are told to biliv. Kwa kifupi hosea ndiyo bye bye na usijekuta akaundiwa zengwe kama Balali.
     
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    Je, Kikwete alisema au kufanya nini mpaka Hosea ahitimishe kwamba anaonekana hayuko comfortable kuacha sheria ifuate mkondo wake dhidi ya mafisadi? Je, Hosea atakuwa tayari kutwaambia umma wa Watanzania kilichojiri mpaka akahitimisha hivyo?

    Hosea kama uliweza kumwambia ofisa wa ubalozi wa Marekani basi Watanzania tutafurahia sana na kukupongeza ukakiweka bayana hicho ulichomwambia huyo ofisa wa ubalozi na tunakuomba usipate kigugumizi.


     
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    Ukitaka kujua jinsi viongozi wetu wasivyo waadilifu utamsikia atakavyoruka kimanga, ofcourse haitakuwa mara ya kwanza na kudai hakuwahi kusema hivyo. Wakati wenzao nchi zilizoendelea wanashutumu huo utoaji siri za hizo cables bila kupinga contents, utawasikia wabongo sasa.
     
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    Naam nami nadhani hivyo hivyo kwamba huyu jamaa kibarua chake kitaota majani sasa hivi. Je kama kibarua kitaota majani ataamua kuziweka bayana siri zote ili Watanzania tujue kilichojiri/kinachojiri? au ataamua kuondoka na siri zake? Je kuna siri nyingine nzito alizozingumza kwa huyo ofisa wa ubalozi ambazo wiki leaks haijaziweka hadharani?
     
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    Na hii inadhihirisha Tanzania hakuna utawala wa sheria, kumbe ili top govt officials washtakiwe mpaka iruhusiwe na prezidaaaaaaaa? Shame on Tz.
     
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    Kwa namna alivyowahi kuhandle mambo kadhaa huko nyuma sidhani kama he's got the gutz!
     
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    Yameandikwa mengi sana kuhusu hili hapa jamvini na watetezi wa mafisadi kamwe hawakuyakubali. Wengine tuliandika kwamba CCM imtafute mgombea mwingine katika uchaguzi wa 2010 lakini hili halikuzaa matunda. Sasa ukweli unadhihiri

     
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    Mkuu tanzania yetu ndio hivyo tena mafisadi wametawala kila kitu Hosea naona kibarua kitaota majani very soon. Halafu atapewa mlungula wake (tubilioni fulani) atakaa kimya asiseme lolote liishe kimya kimya tu.
     
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    Ofcourse mijadala ile hata mimi niliwahi kuichangia kwa sana tu, lakini hii ya Hosea sasa ni uthibitisho beyond reasonable doubt kwamba kumbe anaye- entertain ufisadi ni JK mwenyewe. No wonder katika kampeni yake hakuwahi hata siku moja kutamka ufisadi. Na watu kama Hosea na vikelele kelele kila wakati,, ooh kesi kubwa za ufisadi zinakuja, mara anasubiri wale x-mass (nadhani hii itakuwa ya 3) ni kuwafanya watanzania majuha tena kupitiliza!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Hosea anacheza both sides of the fences tu, yeye mwenyewe fisadi papa.

    Hapa alikuwa anajihakikishia tu kwamba siku moja mambo yakibumbuluka anakwenda Marekani na kupewa Green Card, na wamarekani kuna kitu wamepata ambacho hatukioni katika hizi cables. Kwa sababu siamini kwamba wamarekani na intelligence yao hawajui uchafu wa Hosea, sasa walivyomuandika kama crusader hapo obviously kuna deal linaendelea kati yao na Hosea. Wamarekani wako so cynical kwa kawaida, ningetegemea hata neno moja la kumtilia shaka Hosea, lakini wamemuandika kama mzalendo anayepigana dhidi ya rushwa bila ushirikiano wa rais, Hosea anawapa Wamarekani kitu gani ?

    Tunajua yote aliyosema Hosea most probably ni kweli, lakini kuna mengine hawajaweka wazi hapa. Something is missing, Hosea anawapa nini Wamarekani ?
     
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    Who is or what is XXXXXXXXXXXX???????????????????????????????????
     
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