Judegment Day At The High Court London

Judegment Day At The High Court London
Mengi v Hermitage: Libel Claim Successfully Defended

Monday, 5 July 2010


On the 5th January 2010, Apollo Maruma, acting on behalf of the Kyeri, Shari and Uswaa Mamba co-operative societies, completely ignoring the assignment from Fiona Tanzania to Silverdale Tanzania recognised Fiona Tanzania Ltd (and Benjamin and Mille Mengi) as the owner to the lease of Silverdale and Mbono Farms and served an eviction notice on Mengi (Fiona Tanzania Ltd) for breach of contract. This despite the fact that there is a caveat on the lease in the Lands Office in Moshi placed District Lands Officer Nkya.

Mengi's response, was to file another case in the High Court Lands Division case 2/2010 this time declaring himself unilaterally to be the owner of the lease (this despite the other cases in the same case in which he states he is not) asking for the eviction order to be stayed and for the High Court to declare him to be the owner of the lease and asking the co-ops to pay him $5,000,000 in damages but not stating what damages.

The court upheld the eviction order and on 14 th June 2010 with the assistance of the Moshi Police, Mengi was evicted from Silverdale & Mbono Farms.

Mr. Maruma is aware that there was no contractual relationship between Mengi (Fiona Tanzania) and the co-operative societies. He is fully aware that his clients, the co-operative societies assigned the lease to Silverdale Tanzania in 2004 in full compliance with the laws of Tanzania. He is also aware that there is a case pending in the High court where Mengi has actually admitted the assignment and is asking for it to be set aside. This whole issue is a corrupt legal mess in which Mr. Maruma is now involved together with the corruption of the High Court police and judiciary in Moshi and of course, the co-operative societies who have taken rent from the British investors.

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