This is the story of British investors Stewart Middleton and Sarah Hermitage driven from Tanzania by violence, abuse and intimidation instigated by Benjamin Mengi which included a vicious defamation campaign by IPP Media a powerful media house owned by his brother Reginald Mengi. Reginald Mengi sued Sarah Hermitage for Libel in London in 2010 for posts in this Blog. On 30th November 2012 the High Court ruled that Reginald Mengi was complicit in his brother’s corruption and intimidation.
Judegment Day At The High Court London
Mengi v Hermitage: Libel Claim Successfully Defended
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Sharks of Corruption. The Silverdale Farm Case
Benjamin Mengi states he has influence with President Kikwete using this to threaten all those that oppose him. He uses violence and intimidation to get what he wants openly stating that 'the police and judiciary are in my hands'. He uses the courts and the police to place his opposition in prison, his criminal conduct is unchallenged and he acts with impunity. In 2005 he was reported for conspiracy to murder British investor Stewart Middleton and in 2007 for threatening to behead staff on Silverdale Farm. In 2006, he was described by former Minister of Investment and Empowerment Dr. Juma Ngasongwa as bringing shame on Tanzania due to his corrupt practices in relation to Silverdale Farm.
FORMER REGIONAL POLICE COMMANDER KILIMANJARO VENACE TOSSI
Venace Tossi failed to investigate criminal allegations concerning the investors as directed by former minister of State Security John Chillingati. He failed to address the criminal conduct of his officers in particular the brutal conduct of former Regional Crime Officer Kighondo and present Inspector (Janet) of the Moshi police as they fabricated charges against Stewart Middleton and his staff that did not exist under the penal code of Tanzania leading to their arrest and wrongful imprisonment. He has since been promoted to Deputy Commissioner of the Tanzanian Police force.
MOSHI REGIONAL CRIME OFFICER LINUS SINZUMA
Moshi Regional Crime Officer LINUS SINZUMA is a ruthless and corrupt senior police officer who has facilitated the criminal conduct of Benjamin Mengi perverting the course of justice at will. He remains in charge of crime in the Kilimanjaro Region.
KILIMANJARO REGIONAL POLICE COMMANDER LUCAS NG'HOBOKO
Lucas Ng'hoboko is ruthlessly corrupt with immense power. He uses and abuses that power for his own ends. He perverts the course of justice at will and is responsible for the imprisonment of innocent Tanzanians. He has lied to the British government and has facilitated the criminal conduct of Benjamin Mengi and his theft of the lease to Silverdale and Mbono Farms. He allowed Benjamin Mengi to break into the house of British investors Stewart Middleton and Sarah Hermitage on Silverdale farm and steal all their property stating to the British government that Mengi 'was looking after the property for the investors'. He pays no regard to the laws of Tanzania and acts unashamedly and with complete impunity in the Kilimanjaro Region.
HAI DISTRICT COMMISSIONER DR. NORMAN SIGALLA
Hai District Commissioner Norma Sigalla denies the rights of British investors to the lease to Silverdale and Mbono Farms announcing in February 2010 that the lease belonged to 'Patriotic Investor' Benjamin Mengi.
MOSHI STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Senior State Attorney, Juma Ramadhan
A corrupt government officer abusing his offcie and the rule of law resulting in the innocent imprisonment of Tanzanians
Magistrate Aziza Temu
A visciously corrupt court offcier paying no regard to the law. There can be no greater corrupt court official in Moshi than this magistrate who brings disgrace on her profession and country using the law to promote nothing save her self interest.
Working in collusion with Temu, this man openly declared that he would assist Benjamin Mengi destroy the interests of the investors telling them they would never, 'get justcee' in his court.
Activily supports the corrupt activities of Benjamin Mengi issuing court orders and judgments in abuse of law
Earlier this year Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda defended IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi exercising his constitutional right to name those he considers to be the top ten most corrupt men in Tanzania he will no doubt defend those same rights here.