Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Court to rule in sim card case

By Rosina John

Dar es Salaam. The High Court today will rule on preliminary objection by the state on an application by mobile phone companies to be enjoined in a petition lodged by the Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society against the Sh1,000 simcard tax.

The companies, MIC Tanzania Limited, Vodacom, Airtel, Zanzibar Telecom Limited and Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) asked to be joined in the case as petitioners through an affidavit sworn by Tumaini Shija.

Deputy Attorney General George Masaju and principal State Attorney Edson Mweyunge objected to the application which was submitted in court on Monday by advocate Fatuma Karume and Beatus Malima representing the companies.

According Mweyunge, the application is before the court but the applicant did not ask the court leave to represent other parties.

“According to the law, a person who wishes to represent many parties should ask the court leave to do so,” submitted advocate Mweyunge.

The deputy AG and Mweyuge are who representing the ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the Attorney General are respondents in the case.