All EPA suspects to face trial, says DPP 2008-11-26 11:04:17 By Joyce Kisaka Director of Public Prosecutions Elieza Feleshi said yesterday his office would prosecute all suspects linked to the siphoning of 133 billion/- from the Bank of Tanzania External Payment Arrears (EPA) account, including those of Kagoda Agricultural Company regardless of their status. The DPP also revealed that those who cleared their EPA debts were not exempt from trial. Speaking exclusively to The Guardian, Feleshi said he would not be pushed to hurry up the prosecutions for the sake of succumbing to public pressure or any other quarter. We are professionals. We must maintain the ethics of our profession,`` the DPP said. Asked to comment specifically on Kagoda, and whether he had the guts to charge its owners as they were rumoured to be big fish, the DPP simply laughed and affirmed that no one would escape the dragnet as long as he was part of the EPA suspects` list. He reminded this reporter that there was a time when members of the public believed that the trial of EPA suspects would never take place, but this is exactly what is happening. ``People will know the truth once all the suspects are also arraigned,`` Feleshi said. He said once a case file was handed to his office for prosecution, all suspects would be treated impartially regardless of their status or colour. Responding to a question as to whether those who would be tried are only those who did not settle their EPA debts, the DPP cited as an example defendants Jeetu Patel and Njake who fully cleared their balance but were being prosecuted. On the other hand, the DPP cautioned against rumour-mongering. ``We do not work on hearsay. We are an authority that utilizes proven information. Whoever has concrete information should go to the Director of Criminal Investigations and hand over the details,`` he said. When requested to comment on Prime Minister Pinda`s remarks that the DPP would soon succumb to public pressure by prosecuting suspects who were linked to Kagoda, the DPP said what the Premier actually meant was that ``we have no plans to swallow the files,`` but they had to work on them according to law. ``We would have to go through the files and that needs time. Please give us room to work on this matter ``he said. He said his responsibility was to approve the prosecution of suspects brought before a magistrate, and he was still doing that job. ``Court cases are filed according to merit. This is what members of the public should understand,`` he said. ``We should respect each other`s profession. Give us room work rather than concentrate on distorted information,`` he said. President Mugabe allocated unilaterally, leading to fears he will dominate the new structure. In the meantime, the country`s implosion has continued, with hyperinflation independently estimated in the sextillions, millions in need of food aid, and hundreds dying of cholera. The former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, the US ex- president Jimmy Carter, and Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela`s wife, had planned to go on a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe, but Mr Mugabe`s government made clear they were not welcome. After three days of meetings in Johannesburg, they said the humanitarian crisis was worse than they ever expected, and now so urgent that a resolution of the political deadlock was imperative, as the two went hand-in-hand. ``Politicians have a way of playing little games and nitpicking sometimes over issues that are not that important in the scheme of things,`` said Annan. SOURCE: Guardian Maoni yangu: DPP nampongeza kwanza kwa moyo wake wa kuongea na waandishi si kama viongozi wengine ambao hukataa kuongea na waandishi hata kama ni muhimu kufanya hivyo.