MARUMA & COMPANY ADVOCATES
KNUC, Kibo Road
(P.O. Box 853), Moshi;
Telephone: (027) 275-1438;
Fax (027) 275-3088
Apollo Maruma is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and a member of the Tanzanian Law Society. He practices law in Moshi in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania.
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 of the lease to Silverdale and Mbono Farms recognised Fiona Tanzania Ltd (and Benjamin and Mille Mengi) as the owner to the lease and served an eviction notice on Mengi (Fiona Tanzania Ltd) for breach of contract. This despite the fact that there was a caveat on the lease in the Lands Office in Moshi forbidding dealings with the lease and placed on the register by Lands Officer Nkya.
Mengi's response to Maruma's application, was to file a case in the High Court Lands Division case 2/2010 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 14th June 2010 with the assistance of the Moshi Police, Mengi was evicted from Silverdale & Mbono Farms.
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 issued a lease to Mengi’s company in 1999 who then sold it on in 2004 to Silverdale Tanzania Ltd.
Maruma is also aware that Mengi has cases against the investors pending in the Moshi High Court where Mengi has admitted the assignment and is asking for it to be set aside.
The American Embassy was also told of the corruption as Maruma appears on the Web site of the Amercican Embassy in Tanzania.