Kwa mara nyingine tena tunaona jinsi Bwana John Pombe Magufuli anavyoiingiza serikali katika madeni ambyo yangeweza kuepukika. Kama mtakumbuka wakati akiwa Waziri wa Ardhi aliidhinisha na kukaidi mamlaka zilizozuia uvunjaji wa kituo cha mafuta pale Mwanza ambapo matokeo yake serikali ilijikuta ikitemeshwa Shilingi Bilioni 5 kama fidia ya kuvunja kituo kile. Leo hii SAMAKI, ambapo tunaelezwa kuwa gharama ya kuwahifadhi sasa ni kubwa na inazidi kuongezeka. Na huenda hiyo kesi itakuja kuzaa madai makubwa zaidi ya yale ya kituo cha mafuta cha Mwanza. Haya tusubiri!!! Seized fish storage cost now 1.2bn/- FAUSTINE KAPAMA, 9th December 2009 THE storage costs of fish seized from of MV Tawariq 1 whose 37 crew members are charged with illegal fishing in the countrys deep sea waters of the Indian Ocean has now reached 1,169,399,702/-, the 'Daily News' learnt yesterday. The value of the fish is estimated at 2,074,240,000/-. Director of Fisheries in the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries Godfrey Nanyaro said the consignment was now a burden to the government, hence the need to dispose of the same urgently. Mr Nanyaro said this in his affidavit filed at the High Court on Monday to support the new application by the prosecution, seeking orders to allow the government to distribute the fish freely. He stated in the affidavit that since October this year when the court ordered the government to dispose of the fish by way of international tender, the ministry had received no bidders for the consignment. According to him, the cost kept on rising as fish was stored at a cost of 3,511,992/- per day and that continued storage of the consignment affected the status, quality and value of the fish. In the application filed under certificate of urgency, the prosecution is asking the court to vary the conditions embodied in its orders given on October 1 and 20, this year regarding the disposal and sale of the fish. The consignment weighing 296.32 tonnes valued at 2,074,240,000/- is the subject of criminal case against the crew members charged with illegal fishing within Exclusive Economic Zone of United Republic of Tanzania. The prosecution is further seeking orders to distribute the fish free to institutions and interested persons and vary conditions relating to the making and filing reports of the mode and proceeds of sale. Apart from Mr Nanyaro, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Charles Nyamrunda, has also sworn an affidavit indicating that once the fish is distributed freely, the government would reimburse the accused the money equal to value of the fish if acquitted. The decision by the prosecution to file the new application comes few days after Judge Razia Sheikh rejected the first application because it was supported by an incurably defective affidavit sworn by Mr Nanyaro. She upheld an objection raised by Capt. Ibrahim Bendera, advocate for the accused, that the affidavit by Mr Nanyaro was incurably defective because it contained objections, analysis, prayers, legal arguments and conclusions, which was illegal. Judge Sheikh is expecting to hear the new application today.