SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At
least four miners were feared dead on Monday night and
six others were rescued when a gold mine collapsed in
Tanzania’s northern region of Mara, rescuers said.
Elia Caleb, leading a team of rescuers, said the
collapse at Buhemba gold mine happened when the miners
were inside digging illegally.
Two weeks ago, at least seven miners were killed in
the same goldmine when a different pit collapsed.
"The Monday midnight incident occurred when the
miners illegally entered in the mine intending to
conduct their activities without valid permits," said
Last week, the Tanzanian government suspended mining
activities in the area after it was established that
mining activities were being done illegally.
Caleb said: "I saw bodies of the four miners trapped
inside the pit, and it was hard to pull them out of the
pit because they were covered by rocks."
Caleb added that it was difficult to pull out the
bodies because of inferior rescue equipment.
The rescuer said the six miners who were rescued were
rushed to nearby Butiama district government hospital
Paul Charles, another rescuer, echoed that it was
almost impossible to pull out the bodies trapped
underneath rocks, adding that the pit was also full of
Stephano Mseti, chairman of Small Miners Association
in Mara region, said they were shocked by the grisly
incident that occurred a week after another similar
He said that they did not know exactly the number of
people who entered into the mine as they used an illegal
entrance to get into the mine since the formal entrances
were closed down, pending official resumption of mining
Eleven arrested in
Tanzania’s timber smuggling sting
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in north-western
Tanzania have arrested 11 persons for allegedly
smuggling timber and charcoal in Lake Victoria, police
The suspects were arrested in Tanzania’s
north-western district of Sengerema for smuggling more
than 3,000 pieces of timber and consignment of charcoal
using three boats.
The consignment of timber and charcoal came from as
far as the western region of Kigoma through Geita Region
located on the western shores of Lake Victoria, the
Africa’s largest freshwater lake.
Ahmed Msangi, Mwanza Regional Police Commander said
that the untaxed consignment was later transported
through boats to one of the islands in Lake Victoria
waters, which is some kilometers to Mwanza city.
Msangi said that the consignment was transported
through three boats-MV Safari 4, MV Safari 5, all owned
by Sophia Zacharia of Chato District and MV Kilimanjaro
of George Kimaro of Mwanza city.
"Those people were arrested on February 26, this year
at around 4 pm local time in a small island of Kome
mchangani located in Lake Victoria off Mwanza city," he
said, noting the consignment was seized following a
close collaboration between police, forestry officers
and ordinary people.
"Police were tipped off by good Samaritans on the
consignment and when made a closer follow-up, they
managed to arrest all the suspects as well as seizing
the entire cargo parked in a boat."
The regional police chief said that police were
investigating the matter before taking the suspects to