Prominent businessman, Yussuph Manji yesterday broke his silence over a move to terminate his councillorship for Mbagala Kuu Ward in Temeke Municipality under Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), saying he strongly opposes such decision.
He maintained before Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam when his economic sabotage case came for mention that he is still the legitimate councilor of the ward and that he does not recognize any attempt to oust him from the post.
“I have so far spent about 70m/- from my own pocket for developments of my people in the ward. Therefore, I do not recognise any attempt to oust me from the post. What I understand as of now is that aim still the Councilor of Mbagala Kuu Ward,” he said.
The businessman’s reaction comes few days after Temeke Municipality Mayor, Abdallah Chaurembo, announced that Manji has lost his political post for failure to attend more than six sittings and other three meetings of the Council’s Development Committee.
He told a press conference that they have written to the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) over the matter so that he could arrange for another election.
In his reaction, however, Manji threw the blames to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for ordering arrest and subsequent detention in remand prison, as main reasons behind his failure to attend council meetings.
He told the court that before he was arrested in connection with the case in which he is charged with being found with military uniform fabrics worth over 200m/-, he was attending council meetings as required and was participating fully in development activities with his electorates.
“The court should direct the DPP to inform the Temeke Municipal Council that he has arrested him and that it is why he is not able to attend meetings. If they want me to attend such meetings, the DPP should seek a removal order for him to be allowed to get out of prison for the purpose,” he said.
As regard to the status of investigations into the matter, Senior State Attorney Mutalemwa Kisheni, for the prosecution, informed the court that they needed more time to collect more evidence and requested for another mention date.
The magistrate noted the concern expressed by Manji over his removal from the political post and directed the prosecution to act on the matter. As to the request for adjournment of the trial, the magistrate granted the request and postponed the case to September 18.
Other accused persons charged alongside Manji in the trial are three officials with Quality Group, Deogratius Kisinda (28), the Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Abdallah Sangey (46), Store Keeper and Thobias Fwele (43), Assistant Store Keeper.
Source: Daily News 09/09/2017