In 2008, the British investors fled the country due to abuse of law, harassment and intimidation from the police and judiciary. Mengi invaded the farms in January 2008, broke into the investor’s house and stole and violated their property cut down all the trees on the farms and destroyed property.
Keeping up so far? Mengi assigns lease, asks for it to be revoked and then claims for it not to be revoked, as he wants to remain unlawfully on the farms.
The Moshi High Court, Lands Division just ignored the assignment and the existence of the British investors all together and upheld the eviction order and on 14th June 2010 with the assistance of the Moshi Police, Mengi was evicted from Silverdale and Mbono Farms.
The investors wrote to Maruma and pointed out what he clearly already knew, that his actions were an abuse of law and corrupt. They also informed the British ambassador in Tanzania and the American Ambassador. Maruma is listed on the American Embassy’s ‘helpful information’ page as a Moshi Advocate. In a personal reply to British M.P. Roger Gale, Maruma tells him that the investors are ‘fraudsters’ (but provides no evidence for this) and his response to the British and American ambassadors to Tanzania was as follows: -
---- Original Message -----
From: maruma advocate
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 6:25 AM
Subject: RE: SILVERDALE FARM CASE
For the record, we take the liberty to respond to our copy of the email from the so called Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales. With due respect, she displayed an extreme sense of arrogance in publishing such a defamatory story against our integrity about which she is least qualified to judge. She demonstrated the height of desperation and recklessness.
In a nutshell, she, through Silvedale (T) Ltd, conspired to take over tracks of land on lease to Fiona (T) Ltd without due consent by owners, poor rural villagers organised as Cooperative Societies, our clients. The societies recovered their land for defaults in rentals payments and poor investment etc which Fiona is challenging in court. The fraud between Fiona and Silverdale went sour hence her desperation. Allegations of corruption are frivolous,insulting and offensive to say the least.
The Solicitor - turned - agricultural investor is welcome to pursue her rights, if any, in court and avoid malicious smear campaigns, against resident professionals. She should learn to look back over her shoulders when she set foot in Tanzania again.
If Sarah has lost faith in our system of government, she should try Zimbabwe.
MARUMA & COMPANY, ADVOCATES
No legal argument is used by Maruma to support his conduct. That is not surprising, there is none. More importantly, the reader’s attention is drawn to the clear threats Maruma issues to British investor Sarah Hermitage. This from an advocate of the High Court of Tanzanian says more about Maruma’s conduct than the investors ever could!!!