The accused also face 230 counts of negligence. The other accused are Said Abdallah Kinyanyite, Abdallah Mohamed Ali, Yussuf Suleiman Issa, Simai Nyange Simai, Haji Vuai Haji, Abdallah Mohamed Abdallah, Juma Seif Juma, Hassan Mussa Mwinyi, Salim Said, Makame Hasnuu, and Jaku Hashim Ayub who were all held responsible for the ferry boat accident.
Kinyanyite and Hasnuu were absent during the arraignment. The accused were not required to enter any plea and the court adjourned the case to February 2, 2012 for another mention.The request for bail by Defence Advocate, Salum Mkonje was granted on condition that the accused provide two sureties and bonds on property worth 20m/= or deposit 5m/= in cash. Until late afternoon yesterday most of the accused were struggling to meet the bail conditions to avoid being remanded.
Prosecutors Aziza Iddi Suwedi, Mohamed Khamis Hamad, Omar Khalfan, Ramadhani Nassib Ali, and Slim Said Abdallah told the court that they were still compiling evidence. Last Thursday Zanzibar Chief Secretary Dr Abdulhamid Yahya Mzee read to journalists a report from the Commission of inquiry, which found that the irresponsibility of port officers and owners of MV Spice Islander contributed to the accident.
A report by the commission formed to investigate the cause of the accident, says that 203 people died and that overloading with 2,470 passengers and an unknown amount of cargo, and mechanical problems in the boat were believed to be possible reasons for the marine disaster.
The commission has recommended that the owners of the ill-fated boat compensate the victims’ relatives and the survivors. The commission suggest that the compensation be equivalent to the minimum salary in Zanzibar which is 125,000/= for 80 months.