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Jailed Tanzanian car thief now linked to EPA scandal

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mtanzania, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Mtanzania JF-Expert Member

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    REVEALED: Jailed Tanzanian car thief now linked to EPA scandal


    Dar es Salaam

    A TANZANIAN man jailed for his part in a multi-million pound car ringing operation in the UK has been linked to the 133bn/- external payment arrears (EPA) account scandal at the Bank of Tanzania, it has been revealed.

    British police discovered Mponjoli Malakasuka's connection to the EPA scam while probing his finances.

    The 36 year-old, from Walsall, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for conspiracy to steal last July.

    The Tanzanian could now be deported from the UK or extradited to Tanzania when he finishes his sentence.

    The court heard Malakasuka, originally from Tanzania, played a part in an elaborate fraud across the Midlands, which echoed the hit Hollywood movie Gone in 60 Seconds.

    The film featured actor Nicholas Cage as a retired master car thief who returns to work to steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

    The fraud involving Malakasuka saw dozens of prestige cars such as Aston Martins, Range Rovers and BMWs stolen from wealthy areas in the Midlands, UK, and then exported in sealed shipping containers to Tanzania and Kenya.

    Malakasuka was arrested in 2007 when police ran a check on his Mercedes and found it was stolen.

    Following his conviction, British detectives launched a financial investigation under the UK's Proceeds of Crime Act to recover an estimated GBP 1.5 million (approx. 3bn/-) they claim he could have amassed through the crime.

    It was during these inquiries that officers uncovered evidence linking the convicted Tanzanian criminal to the complex EPA fraud against the government in his native Tanzania.

    Britain's anti-fraud watchdog, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has already joined the probe and is understood to be now leading an international inquiry into the connection between the jailed Tanzanian and the EPA scandal.

    Police sources in the UK say investigators from the SFO in London were working with Tanzanian authorities on the investigation.

    The investigation is centred on allegations that public funds were siphoned off from the BoT.

    A number of people have been arrested in Tanzania over the EPA inquiry and are currently facing trial at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam.

    British police stressed the investigation was in its early stages and it is not clear what links Malakasuka has to the EPA fraud.

    However, some of the prominent EPA suspects in Dar es Salaam are known to have a penchant for fancy cars such as the popular UK-made Range Rover Vogue model.

    Members of the UK force's ruling Police Authority were briefed on the case by outgoing Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee several weeks ago.

    In his report to the Police Authority, Sir Paul wrote: ''Officers are currently assisting the Serious Fraud Officer in London and Tanzania authorities, which may lead to the man being extradited.''

    Malakasuka entered the UK via the US in 2004 and managed to get a temporary visa despite having a previous conviction for fraud for which he spent time in a US jail.

    He was working for a Midland car parts company, earning between GBP 17,000 and GBP 20,000-a-year, while the scam was being carried out. Malakasuka and his associates had rented prestige high-value cars which were then reported stolen to the insurance company.

    The gang also swiped luxury cars from driveways by fishing car keys through letterboxes across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, the north and London.

    At least twice Malakasuka paid for two Range Rover Sports cars and then reported them stolen to claim on the insurance.

    The racket was busted when an eagle-eyed manager with a car hire company noticed that many of the cars reported stolen had been hired using the same credit card.

    He alerted police and, using a tracking device, they waited for a match to come up.

    When it did, and one of the supposedly stolen vehicles was reported driving along West Bromwich High Street, police raced to the scene and caught Malakasuka at the wheel.

    Financial investigator, acting Det Sgt Chris Harris, said: ''It's incredible to think a global investigation could come from such a small piece of information.

    ''But the rental firm smelled a rat, let us know and when we got the shout we arrested him. Then the inquiry just ran and ran.''

    Malakasuka eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal at Wolverhampton Crown Court in the UK. He was the only person convicted for the car ringing racket, but police believe he worked as part of a gang.

    The theft of prestige cars is a lucrative international business.

    A London-based gang arrested in 2006 was found to have been stealing 120 prestige cars a month, mostly Mercedes.

    They would strip them down to spare parts, pack them into containers and despatch them to Nigeria. One policeman compared their methods to ''an industrial production line''.

    Repatriation agencies, who collect rewards for stolen cars, brought about 1,000 vehicles back to Britain in 2006. They employ spotters in places such as Cyprus, Dubai and Spain, looking for suspicious UK-registered cars.

    In recent years, overall car theft has declined in Britain.

    Of 180,000 vehicles stolen in 2006, 48 per cent were later recovered. The rest were scrapped for spare parts, given a false identity, or shipped abroad.

    In Tanzania, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Commissioner of Police Robert Manumba, has already announced plans for a nationwide crackdown on stolen vehicles
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    Njimba Nsalilwe JF-Expert Member

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    Poor Mponjori!

    Using same Credit Card ... and driving stolen car?

    Was the phenomena of ngoma ikilia sana iko karibu kupasuka prevailed?

    Just thinking aloud!!!!!!
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    S. S. Phares JF-Expert Member

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    I knew it would come to this....finally somebody's working hard.!!
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    Zogwale JF-Expert Member

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    Hii kali!!!! Malegesi kila kukicha alikuwa anasafiri kwenda Uingereza!!! Is there any connection!!!!!???? Ukimuuliza atakuambia anafuatilia biashara zake!!! Na si kesi!!! He is a businessman-lawyer!! He must be very rich ehh!!!
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    hhahhaa hata kina Lukaza walikuwa wanenda nunua magari kwa Mponjoli...ndio hela za EPA hizoo....kazi ipo tena mbichi
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    Zogwale JF-Expert Member

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    For sure hata lile Range alilouziwa Mzee Njake Enterprise (EPAs) litakuwa miongoni mwa hilo maana aliuziwa kama sikosei na Malegesi. Je kamatakamata haijaanza??? Jamani vyombo vya habari mripoti kamatakamta hii ya matajiri wa Rangerovers.
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    sasa lile range la Freeman Mbowe itakuwaje?
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    Zogwale JF-Expert Member

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    Hapana GT, siyo Range zote ni mali ya wizi. Kuna owners ambao wamezinunua kihalali. Hapa tunazungumzia wale ambao hawakua hata na biashara ya kuuza mkaa all of the sudden unakutana naye siku moja ametinga ndani ya Range au gari ya kifahari, na hana hata biashara hapa mjini. Lazima hapo source zake za income zitakuwa questionable. Katika nchi za wenzetu usalama upo makini kwani changes za mtu za ghafla huwa zinaripotiwa katika vyombo husika na ufuatiliaji unaanza mara moja. Kwa kuwa Tz ni shamba la bibi who cares, ndiyo maana DECI imetamba for almost 4 years na hakuna aliyehangaika kuifuatilia kupata uhalali wa biashara/shughuli zake. Halafu leo mnasema eti ni batili.
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    labda Salehe Ziebi akiitwa itabidi Freeman aingine mitini au?

    ama kweli uchaguzi ushafika
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    deny_all JF-Expert Member

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    Mwizi ni mwizi tu....awaibie wazungu au watanzania.....by the way hawa wanaowaibia wazungu wanatuchafua vile vile kwenye macho ya watu nje na kutuonyesha kuwa watanzania sio watu wa kuaminika kama ilivyo kwa wanigeria. Tabia inaweza kuanza kidogo kidogo ...likawa tatizo kubwa baadayae watu wengi wakishajiiingiza.
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    Mdondoaji JF-Expert Member

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    Hii kazi
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Mara nyingine huwa sikubaliani na wewe ila kwa hili Mzee!!

    Nakupa 5!
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    Mwikimbi JF-Expert Member

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    huyu mponjoli malakasuka, siyo mtoto wa malakasuka once upon an owner of the then ghana building works, ambayo iliwika sana mbeya kwa kujenga majengo mengi hasa ya mabenki?
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    Vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama shirikisheni wananchi wanamambo wanayojua ambayo nyie yanawapita pembeni kwa sababu madaraka mliyonayo mnayatumia kuwatisha jambo linalo sababisha wakae mbali na ninyi.Laiti mungelijua mungejenga mahusiano ya karibu na wananchi badala ya kuijiona nyie ni watu wa kipekee.
    Hilo litawasaidia acheni mawazo ya kujiona mko tofauti /watu nyeti shughuli nyeti sasa wananchi wanazo taarifa nyeti na za uhakika wakati mwingine kuliko hata ninyi.Nchi nyingi zilizo endelea baabda ya kuona mambo kama hivyo zilianziasha utalatibu wa "Community policing".Ambapo wananchi wanashirikiana katika maswala ya ulinzi na usalama na vyombo vyao vya dola,
    lakini hilo litawezekana tu pale mtakapo kuwa na heshima kwa wananchi hao mkitambua kuwa vyeo na madaraka mliyonayo ni Dhamana(CHEO NI DHAMANA)
    kwa wale mnaokumbuka somo la uraia kabla halijabadilishwa na kuwa somo la siasa.
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    Kahinda JF-Expert Member

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    Ghana building works iliwika sana wakati huo kwani Malakasuka na Nsekela walikuwa na miradi ya pamoja.
    Nsekela akiwa MD/Mwenyekiti wa benki ya Biashara miradi ya ujenzi wa banki za iliyokuwa benki ya biashara alipewa yeye na walikuwa wana jua wanavyo gawana mshiko.Haikuishia hapo mtoto wa Nsekela alioa mtoto wa Malakasuka
    kufuru iliyofanyika Malakasuka alitengeneza barabara ya lami kutoka iliyokuwa Mbeya Hotel zamani hadi nyumbani kwake wakati wa arusi hiyo japokuwa watoto wenyewe ni mapepe arusi yao haikudumu sana.Mengine siwezi kueleza ni private issues zao.lakini nachotaka kusema mtoto wa nyoka ni nyoka na sasa hawa watoto wa wakubwa wana tuharibia sifa njema tuliyokuwa nayo watanzania karibu kama hatujawa tutakuwa kama wa Nigeria. Si mnaelewa watoto wa Texas amabo walifungwa na wangine wameisha funguliwa na wanaendesha biashara za Limo huko bongo??????.
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    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Kuna watu wanamhusudisha sana huyu Mponjoli na wizi aliokuwa akiufanya.
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    Mboka Manyema Member

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    GT huyu jamaa vipi? nae Fisadi kidizaini? tupe data japo juu juu.
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    Future-Tanzania JF-Expert Member

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    shunguli hapa imo, sasa ndio watu wajue kwanini kuna watanzania abroad hawataki kujiushisha na watanzania wenzao. Wao ni kazi, familia zao na kama marafiki wanatafuta locals. Wakija nyumbani TZ kama wakikutana na hawa majamaa ni sawa.

    hii ni aibu sana....
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    JuniorK Member

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    Men!!! we knew it was just matter of time....huyo bigwa ni mkali, lakini hiyo ya EPA...Mhhhh
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    Yo Yo JF-Expert Member

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    Ina maana Pasco huoni hii thread?