Tanzania aviation news – Former ATCL chiefs in court on criminal charges

The former Air Tanzania CEO has ended up in court yesterday with two erstwhile colleagues, charged with abuse of office over an alleged 1.4 billion Tanzania Shillings procurement deal of vehicles. The cause of the charges dates back to 2007, when Air Tanzania, allegedly in violation of the relevant procurement regulations, signed a deal for 26 cars, while at the same time ignoring their many other obligations to pay outstanding debts, including to travel agents who had paid for tickets and are todate still waiting to get their refunds. Those in particular will be happy to see the former airline chiefs dragged to court on criminal charges, while some apparently are also preparing to sue them and the airline jointly to recover their money.
David Mattaka is joined in the dock by former chief financial officer E. Ikomba and former chief internal auditor William Hajji. The accused were released on a 10 million Tanzania Shillings bond and two sureties each of the same amount, and will have to attend court for upcoming mentions of the case before the main trial begins. Ironically, it was such actions which contributed to the decline of Air Tanzania, a development current management is seeking to reverse with an ambitious development plan but this correspondents advice is be careful with your deals as apparently ignorance of the law is no defense as seen right here.

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  1. Dear Wolfganghthome,
    Interesting Post As a young man, I started out washing aircraft, and eventually I started an aircraft finders business, where I brokered aircraft. Occasionally, we would sell aircraft to people who would lease them back to the flight school, and use them as a business tax right off, only so they could afford an airplane. Most of these people never made much if any money on the aircraft they bought for leaseback, but at least they were able to buy an airplane, and afforded it due to the tax savings.
    I look forward to your next post