25 July 2008

Tanzania: TID's Mother in Shock After Son's Jailing

The mother of bongo flava musician Khalid Mohammed, alias TID, has been taken ill after her son was jailed for assault on Wednesday.

Relatives said yesterday that TID's mother was in "deep shock" after the Kionondoni District Court handed the singer a one-year sentence on Wednesday.

But journalists were prevented from seeing and interviewing her at the family home in Kinondoni by a man who introduced himself as TID's elder brother.

"I'm TID's elder brother I can't allow anyone to talk to my mother because she is still in shock she's depressed and is in no condition to grant interviews," he said.

He added that family members were still trying to come to terms with the jailing of TID, who is one of Tanzania's foremost bongo flava musicians.

"It never crossed our minds that the boy would be sent to jail. We thought that he would have been fined and ordered to pay compensation to the complainant. Any way, this is something that we have to learn to live with," he said.

TIC was convicted of assault and battery and handed a custodial sentence by Kinondoni resident magistrate Hamisa Kalombola.

TID, best known for his 'Zeze' and 'Siamini' songs, hit Ben Mashimba over the head with a tray on July 2 at Slipway Hotel.

The musician pleaded for leniency, saying he was drunk and when he committed the offence, adding that he was taking care of several dependants, including his mother.

The magistrate, however, rejected the pleas, saying the musician had acted inhumanely, and that prison was the best place for him to learn to be a law-abiding citizen.

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