Vodacom Tanzania says firm accused of causing $4.76 million loss to government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Vodacom Tanzania said on Thursday it was being accused of causing an 11 billion shilling ($4.76 million) loss to the government as part of charges levelled against its managing director and other employees over allegations of fraudulent use of network facilities.

Vodacom Tanzania says firm accused of causing .76 million loss to government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Vodacom Tanzania said on Thursday it was being accused of causing an 11 billion shilling ($4.76 million) loss to the government as part of charges levelled against its managing director and other employees over allegations of fraudulent use of network facilities.

"A bail application for the individuals in police custody will be heard in (the) next few days," Vodacom Tanzania said in a statement. The company also said that it had appointed South African Jacques Marais as acting managing director.

Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday charged the managing director of Vodacom Tanzania and other telecom executives with economic crimes, court documents showed.

Egyptian Hisham Hendi and other telecom executives “intentionally and wilfully organised a criminal racket, which caused the government ... to suffer a pecuniary loss,” the documents said.

They were not allowed to enter a plea nor apply for bail, and are being held in police custody until the case comes up on April 17, a court official told Reuters.

Vodacom, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Vodacom Group, is Tanzania's leading telecom company by the number of mobile subscribers, with about 32 percent of the country’s 40 million mobile subscribers, ahead of Tigo Tanzania, a subsidiary of Sweden’s Millicom, and a local unit of India’s Bharti Airtel.

"Vodacom Tanzania reiterates that it will continue to cooperate with the investigation," it said.

($1 = 2,312.0000 Tanzanian shillings)

(Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Editing by George Obulutsa and Kirsten Donovan)

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