9 November 2017

Tanzania: Musician Diamond's Manager Risks Jail Term Over Sh11 Million Fine

Photo: Diamond Platinumz/Instagram
Diamond's manager Babu Tale.

When it rains, it pours. Probably it would be better if controversial bongo flava star Diamond Platinumz would consider adding the noun 'trouble' to the many alias he already has, as it seems, he can't stop getting into trouble.

Just few days after telling a Kisutu Court in Dar es Salaam that he cannot afford Tsh5 Million (Ksh230,000) child monthly upkeep that his baby mama Hamisa Mobetto is demanding for their son, Diamond is yet in another mess.

This time it involves one of his most trusted manager, Babu Tale.

Latest news from Tanzanian showbiz is that Babu Tale and his brother Iddi Tale Tale could be sentenced to jail for failing to pay a fine of Tsh250 Million (Ksh11 Million) to one Sheikh Mbonde, a Muslim motivational speaker.

LAWSUIT

The two were ordered to pay the fine by a court after a lawsuit that was determined in February last year.

In the case, Shiekh Mbonde accused Babu Tales' Company Tip Top, which he co owns with his brother Iddi, of using his recorded religious video clips for business purposes without his consent or approval.

In his submission, the religious motivational speaker said that he entered into an agreement with Tip Top Company to use his work for domestic use, but Babu Tale and his company disregarded the rules of engagement and made money out of it "with the pretense of having a contract that allowed them to do so".

HEFTY COMPENSATION

In its determination, the court found Tip Top Company culpable and awarded the sheikh the hefty sum as compensation.

However, to date, they have not been able to pay.

The court also ruled that in the event Tip Top fails to pay, then its property would be auctioned to get the money.

And if the company has no property, then its directors in this case Babu Tale and Iddi Tale, would be sentenced to jail as per the Tanzanian law.

Babu Tale is yet to respond.

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