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Monday, July 10, 2006

Quality Group linked to land grabbing

Quality Group linked to land grabbing

AN internal report from the National Muslims Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA) says Quality Group Limited run by businessman Yusuf Manji tried to grab a prime piece of land from the Council in Dar es Salaam by allegedly perpetrating systematic fraud, conspiracy and corruption. This occurred as a result of deliberate misconduct of a few BAKWATA officials who conspired with Quality Group to illegally transfer ownership of the Council’s plot at suburban Chang’ombe in the city, says the report. BAKWATA had earmarked the land for the construction of a university, but ownership was mysteriously transferred to Quality Group, which had other ideas for the property. The 27-page report written by BAKWATA’s permanent probe committee implicates Mr Manji, who is the CEO of Quality Group, in the alleged conspiracy, saying its property on Plot Number 311/1 Block T at Chang’ombe was fraudulently transferred to Quality Group using forged documents purportedly from Trustees of the Muslim University College. The offices of the Administrator-General in Dar es Salaam roundly dismissed the authenticity of the documents. According to our investigations, the Administrator-General, Ms Christabella Kaisi, declared that the trustees of the Muslim College were not registered with her office and remained unregistered until March, this year. Ms Kaisi had made the declaration after being requested to give expert opinion on the rightful ownership of the plot after Mr Manji’s company claimed ownership. ?Some trustees alleged to have signed the document? but never put pen to paper ... some of the signatures also appeared to have been forged,’’ she attested in a letter to the Commissioner for Land. She added: ’’When I asked the said trustees to come to my office and sign the document in my presence, they never turned up to date.? The report’s annexure shows that Mr Manji had on December 4, 2002, signed a suspect contract with ?the Registered Trustee of Muslim University College? as Director of Quality Group (1999) Limited before the company changed its name to Quality Group Limited and signed an addendum on February 10, 2004. ?The (BAKWATA) committee unearthed the contradictions, conspiracy and fraud and all means of maneuvering on the whole process of transferring the plot ownership to the so called investor -- Quality Group (1999) Limited,’’ says the report. It adds: ’’The plot was intended to build the first Islamic University with the name Millennium University of Tanzania.? Records show that the late Chief Sheikh of BAKWATA, Mufti Hemed Bin Jumaa Bin Hemed, appointed the Board of Trustees of the planned university under the chairmanship of former Planning Minister, Nasoro Malocho, who is now deceased. There are 10 other prominent Muslims, including the current Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, who were also named on the Board of Trustees. Mr Alnoor Kassum, the late Mr Abdalah Ngororo, Ms Amina Salum Ally, Dr Athumani Mfutakamba, Mr Aunal Mnyuziwala, Prof Hassan Mfaume Mlawa, Mr Musadiq Mohamed Ally, Mr Kassim Jeizan and Mr Salum Abadalah Zagar, were the other trustees. Sources close to the probe committee formed by the current Chief Sheikh, Mufti Issa Shaaban Simba, which compiled the report say Quality Group (1999) Limited had planned to build a school and hospital building on the property. ?The committee was shocked to find out that Quality Group (1999) was assisted by some BAKWATA officials to get the title deed for the plot,? asserts part of the report. The report maintains that the agreement signed by Mr Manji and Mr Ankeet Asar, representing Quality Group (1999) Limited and Alhaj Sefu Moma and Rajabu Mndewa on behalf of BAKWATA Trustees was illegal. ?The agreement is illegal since Mr Mndewa is not a bona fide BAKWATA Trustee. On the other hand the fact that Alhaj Momba agreed to co-sign the document with Mr Mndewa knowing the latter was not a Trustee, is clear evidence of conspiracy and fraud in the matter,’’ says the report. Documents obtained by THISDAY show that Mr Manji personally pushed for a speedy transfer of the ownership of the property and its development under Quality Group. It is only after the new Chief Sheikh, Mufti Simba, moved in to form a probe team to investigate the scandal over BAKWATA’s property at Chang’ombe that the alleged fraud, conspiracy and corruption involving Quality Group was unearthed.

Source:THISDAY 21 JUNE 2006

Mufti Simba angurumia kiwanja cha Chang'ombe

Mufti Simba angurumia kiwanja cha Chang'ombe

*Alonga ni cha BAKWATA, awawajibisha vigogo 7


MUFTI wa Tanzania Sheikh Mkuu, Sheikh Issa Bin Shaaban Simba, ameiomba Serikali irudishe kiwanja cha Waislamu kilichopo Chang'ombe, Dar es Salaam, kwani mikataba iliyotumika kukiuza ni ya kughushi.

Hayo aliyasema Dar es Salaama jana, baada ya kukabidhiwa taarifa na Tume ya watu watano aliyoiunda kwa ajili ya kufuatilia mgogoro wa kiwanja hicho kilichopo Wilaya ya Temeke.

Katika kupokea taarifa hiyo, Sheikh Mkuu, alitangaza pia kuwawajibisha viongozi saba waandamizi wa Baraza Kuu la Waislamu Tanzania (BAKWATA), kwa kujihusisha na kusaini mikataba batili.

"Mikataba yote iliyosainiwa ili kuhalalalisha uuzwaji wa kiwanja hicho ni ya kughushi, si sahihi kwani zilitumika nembo za kughushi, tuna imani Serikali itatusikiliza," alisema Sheikh Mkuu Simba.

Alisema kwa mujibu wa ripoti ya Tume hiyo, anayo imani kuwa imefanya kazi yake kwa makini na anakubaliana na uamuzi uliofanywa na Halamashauri Kuu ya BAKWATA kwa kuwawajibisha viongozi waliojihusisha na tuhuma hizo.

Tume hiyo iliyokuwa ikiongozwa na Sheikh Sharif Idris Omar, ilimkabidhi majina ya viongozi wanaotuhumiwa kuhusika na kashfa hiyo ya kuandika mikataba batili kuwa ni, Katibu Mkuu wa BAKWATA Alhaj Abas Kihemba, Naibu Katibu wake kwa upande wa mambo ya Dini, Bw. Mussa Hemed.

Wengine waliokumbwa na fagio la Tume hiyo, ni pamoja na Katibu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni, Bw. Rajabu Mndewa, wadhamini wawili Alhaji Seif Momba na Seif Swai, Imam wa Msikiti wa Alfaruk Sheikh Ali Mbaraka, Mjumbe wa Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa BAKWATA Alihaji Suleiman Mwenda.

Katika tamko hilo, Sheikh Mkuu aliwahakikishia wajumbe wa Tume hiyo na Waislamu wote kwamba kazi ya kwanza ya Tume imemalizika, lakini bado itaendelea na majukumu ya kufuatilia kwa karibu mambo yanayofanywa na viongozi wa BAKWATA na shughuli nyingine zinazofanywa na Waislamu kote nchini.

Tume hiyo iliundwa kwa lengo la kufuatilia uuzwaji wa kiwanja cha Waislamu kilichopo Chang'ombe, ambacho kina ukubwa wa heka 22.7 kinachomilikiwa na BAKWATA tangu mwaka 1968 na ilitakiwa kutoa taarifa ndani ya siku 21.

Bakwata yafukuza viongozi wake saba

Bakwata yafukuza viongozi wake saba!
31 Mar 2006

Baraza Kuu la Waislamu Tanzania (BAKWATA), limewatimua kazi viongozi wake saba baada ya kubainika kuwa, waliingia mikataba `feki` ya uuzwaji wa kiwanja cha Waislamu, eneo la Chang`ombe, jijini Dar es Salaam. Hayo yalitangazwa jana jijini Dar es Salaam na Mufti wa Tanzania, Sheikh Mkuu, Shaaban bin Simba. Sheikh Mkuu aliwataja viongozi hao waliofukuzwa kuwa ni Katibu Mkuu Ustadhi Abbas Kihemba, N aibu Katibu Mkuu upande wa dini Sheikh Mussa Hemed, Ustadhi Rajabu Ndewa, Wadhamini wa Bakwata Alhaj Seif Momba na Seif Swai,Imamu wa Msikiti wa Farouk ulio BAKWATA makao makuu, Sheikh Ally Mbaraka na Mjumbe wa Halmashauri kuu ya taifa ya BAKWATA Alhaj Seleman Mwenda. Sheikh Mkuu alisema, BAKWATA ilifikia uamuzi huo baada ya kupokea ripoti ya Tume aliyoiunda kufuatilia sakata hilo ili kubaini ukweli. Alisema ripoti ya Tume hiyo iliyokuwa imeundwa na watu watano, ilibaini kuwa, kiwanja kilichokuwa kikileta ugomvi ni mali ya BAKWATA na kwamba viongozi wao walifanya ulaghai huo kwa kushirikiana na baadhi ya viongozi wa Wizara ya Ardhi na Maendeleo ya Makazi. Aidha, Sheikh Mkuu aliiomba serikali kuingilia kati ili kukirudisha kiwanja hicho kwa Waislamu kwa kuwa imebainika kuwa ni mali yao. Alisema kiwanja hicho kilifanyiwa hujuma tangu mwaka 1984 na serikali haina budi kukirudisha kama kilivyokuwa. Alisema wakati wa uuzwaji wa kiwanja hicho, zilitumika nembo za BAKWATA ili kuonyesha kuwa wamehusika na mpango huo jambo ambalo sio kweli. Uuzwaji wa kiwanja hicho ulizua mtafaruku mkubwa hali iliyosababisha kuitishwa kwa maandamano makubwa yaliyohusisha waumini wa dini ya Kiislamu. Kiwanja hicho kinadaiwa kuuzwa kwa kampuni ya Quality Group ya jijini Dar es Salaam inayomilikiwa na mfanyabiashara maarufu Bw.Yusuph Manji. Aidha, kiwanja hicho hivi sasa kimedaiwa kujengwa shule pamoja na majengo mengine na kubaki sehemu ndogo. Mufti alisema kuwa Tume hiyo itaendelea na kazi ya kufuatilia mali za Waislamu zilizoporwa na taasisi ama watu binafsi kwa nchi nzima.

Mufti reasserts BAKWATA’s roles

Mufti reasserts BAKWATA’s roles
2006-06-19 10:24:37

BAKWATA has reaffirmed it roles saying it is a responsible Islamic body that cares for the interests of its members. ’’We refute the claims that BAKWATA does not care for Muslims’ properties,’’Mufti Issa Shaban Simba told Kwa Mtoro Mosque congregation in Dar es Salaam at the weekend. Severally, Kwa Mtoro Mosque faithful have blamed BAKWATA leadership, saying it was not taking good care of Muslim properties. Mufti Simba said BAKWATA was a Muslim body responsible for all Muslims and their properties in the country. ’’Kwa Mtoro Mosque has been against the leadership of BAKWATA for a long time, that is why we have made some changes here?.,’’ he said adding they were not against constructive criticism. ’’BAKWATA is a Muslim body whose rules and regulations are highly respected in the Arabic countries. we cannot let a few number of people destroy our good reputation,’’ he said. The Muslim body takes care of all the Muslim schools, plots, mosques, houses and clinics in the country. He said BAKWATA was going to publicise its activities ’’so that Muslims in the country will not be asking themselves what we are doing as they will be in the know.’’ He called on Muslims in the country to help each other. ’’Don’t forget orphans and widows. We should always help them. It is the will of Allah,’’ he said. A cross section of Muslims have been criticising the body for failure to protect the properties of Muslims in the country. Others have lamented that most of the schools run by BAKWATA are of very low standards.
SOURCE: Guardian
Bakwata kufanyiwa marekebisho makubwa
2006-06-17 13:31:37

Sheikh Mkuu wa Tanzania, Mufti Issa Shaaban Simba, ameahidi kulifanyia mabadiliko makubwa Baraza Kuu la Waislamu Nchini (BAKWATA) ili liweze kuwanufaisha Waislamu wote nchini. Aliyasema hayo jana baada ya Swala ya Ijumaa katika Msikiti wa Mtoro, Jijini Dar es Salaam. Alisema kumekuwapo na malalamiko mengi yanayowahusu baadhi ya viongozi wa baraza hilo na aliahidi kuchukua hatua za kulisafisha. Alisema baraza hilo ni la wote na kwamba linapaswa kuwanufaisha Waislamu wote. Aliwataka waumini wa Msikiti huo na Waislamu wote nchini walitambue kuwa, ni lao na si la kundi fulani. Hata hivyo, alisema ni vigumu kulisafisha kabisa na kuwa na watu safi kwa kuwa wanadamu wanabadilika wakati wowote. ’’Kusafisha binadamu ni kazi kubwa, leo utaweka huyu ataharibu utaweka huyu yale yale lakini tutajitahidi kusafisha tubaki na watu wanaowatumikia Waislamu,’’ alisema. Alisema Waislamu popote walipo wanawajibu wa kwenda kutoa maoni yao kuhusu utendaji wa baraza hilo na kwamba kwa kufanya hivyo watasaidia kwa kiasi kikubwa. ’’Njooni kwa wingi tukosoane tutarekebishana hivyo hivyo’’, alisisitiza na kuahidi kuwa milango ya baraza hilo iko wazi kwa waumini wa dini hiyo. Alisema alishaanza kufanya mabadiliko mara baada ya kusikia malalamiko ya Waislamu kuwa ndani ya Baraza hilo kuna watu wanafanya kazi kwa maslahi yao na si ya waislamu. Kuhusu elimu alisema Uislamu unahitaji elimu na kwamba jitihada zinahitajika kwa kiasi kikubwa kuwainua waislam kielimu. Alisema hivi sasa BAKWATA ina shule 20 tu za sekondari nchini ambazo alisema haziwezi kutosheleza mahitaji yao ya kielimu. Alisema kunahitajika nguvu za pamoja kujenga vyuo na shule za sekondari na kwamba endapo watakuwa kitu kimoja suala hilo linawezekana. ’’Tukijichangisha Waislamu wote tunaweza kufanya makubwa tatizo lililopo hatuko kitu kimoja kama familia, sasa utengano na makundi yasipewe nafasi tuwe wamoja’’, alisisitiza. Sheikh Mkuu aliwapongeza waumini wa msikiti huo kwa kuwa mstari wa mbele kupigania haki mali na haki za Waislamu nchini. Alisema Katiba ya baraza hilo ni nzuri na iko kwa maslahi ya wote tofauti na hisia ya baadhi ya waislamu kuwa inapendelea wa kundi fulani. Kwa upande wake, Imamu wa Msikiti huo, Sheikh Hamis Khalifa, alisema awali walikuwa na kawaida na kutoliamini baraza hilo lakini hivi sasa wameanza kuwa na imani nalo. Alisema walikuwa wakielezea matatizo yao ikiwa ni pamoja na kuporwa kwa mali za waislamu lakini hakukuwa na kiongozi aliyechukua hatua. ’’Kule ndani ya BAKWATA kulikuwa na watu wanajifanya watawala wa Waislamu na si viongozi lakini tunakushukuru kwa kuunda kamati ya kuchunguza madai yetu, ’’ alisema. Alimshauri Sheikh Mkuu kupita kila mkoa na kuzungumza na Maimamu wa mikoa ili wamweleze kero za waislamu. ’’Kwanza tunakushukuru kwa kuwa haijapata kutokea Msikiti huu kutembelewa na Mufti hii ni nafasi ya pekee’’, alisema Sheikh Khalifa.
SOURCE: Nipashe

Bakwata yachunguza msikiti kuvunjwa

Bakwata yachunguza msikiti kuvunjwa
Written by Muhibu Said
Wednesday, 05 July 2006

BARAZA Kuu la Waislamu wa Tanzania (Bakwata), linachunguza ukweli wa hatua ya kuvunjwa kwa Msikiti wa Aqram uliopo eneo la Shabaha, Mbezi jijini Dar es Salaam unaodaiwa kuvunjwa na vijana wapatao 40 wakishirikiana na polisi saba wa kituo cha Kawe.
Naibu Mufti wa Tanzania, Sheikh Abubakar Zubeir, aliliambia Mwananchi ofisini kwake jijini Dar es Salaam wiki iliyopita kuwa, Bakwata imefikia uamuzi huo ili kubaini ukweli wa tukio hilo kabla ya kuchukua hatua.
Sheikh Zubeir alisema uamuzi wa kuchunguza tukio hilo ulifikiwa katika kikao cha Baraza la Ulamaa la Bakwata kilichofanyika hivi karibuni jijini Dar es Salaam chini ya Mufti wa Tanzania, Sheikh Mkuu, Issa Bin Shaban Simba.
"Tumeona tusiridhike tu na taarifa za vyombo vya habari, ni vizuri kwanza tufanye uchunguzi kabla ya kutoa tamko," alisema Sheikh Zubeir.
Msikiti huo uliovunjwa Mei 31, mwaka huu, ulikuwa kwenye kiwanja chenye mgogoro kati ya Waislamu wa eneo hilo na mtu mmoja ambaye hajafahamika jina lake, anayedaiwa kumiliki nyumba tatu tofauti kwenye eneo hilo.
Msikiti huo unadaiwa kuwa ulikuwa na uwezo wa kuchukua waumini 150.
Imamu wa Msikiti huo, Sheikh Saidi Juma, alikaririwa na gazeti hili akisema kiwanja hicho kilikuwa na mgogoro wa takriban miaka mitatu na kuwa mtu mmoja aliwapeleka Waislamu katika Mahakama ya Kinondoni ambako kesi iliendeshwa kinyemela na hukumu kutolewa Machi 20, mwaka huu.
Hata hivyo, Sheikh Juma, alidai kuwa walijenga msikiti huo kwa ruhusa ya Wizara ya Ardhi, Nyumba na Maendeleo ya Makazi.