Date for ruling on Tido’s case set

Tuesday December 18 2018

Former Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation’s

Former Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation’s (TBC) director general Tido Mhando. 

By Hadija Jumanne @TheCitizenTZ

Dar es Salaam. The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court will on January 25, 2019 make a ruling on the case of abuse of power facing former Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation’s (TBC) director general Tido Mhando.

The case was on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 set for ruling, but the court’s Resident Magistrate-in-Charge Huruma Shaidi had not completed preparing the ruling.

Magistrate Shaidi told the court that he was yet to complete preparing the ruling because there were some things that he was still researching on before making the judgment.

"Tido, your ruling has not been completed as there are some things that I’m still researching on. So, on January 25, next year, I will make a ruling, you will keep being out on bail until that day," Magistrate Shaidi told the court.

Earlier, senior state lawyer Nassoro Katuga told the court that the case came up for a ruling and they were ready for it.

Defence lawyer Dr Ramadhani Maleta also told the court that he was ready for a ruling.

Tido was for the first time brought to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court on January 26, 2018, to answer five counts.

In the economic sabotage case, Tido is facing five charges including four of abuse of power and another of causing a loss of Sh887.1 million to the government.

On August 27, 2018 the court found that Tido Mhando had a case to answer after Magistrate Shaidi revisited evidence presented by five witnesses of the prosecution.

In his defence, Tido alleged in court that the entire process of entering into joint venture on shifting TBC from analogue to digital systems was done by the TBC Board.