SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has suspended issuance
of new mining licenses to investors.
Speaking on the second day of his two-day visit to
Lake Zone regions, Magufuli ordered the Ministry of
Energy and Minerals to ensure that it issued no mining
licenses at the moment.
"At the same time all mining licenses issued by the
government should be reviewed to see how the government
is benefiting," said the president.
He said minerals, including gold, that were being
mined in the country belonged to Tanzanians, and that
his administration would not tolerate seeing a few
individuals benefiting from the country’s natural
resources while leaving majority Tanzanians swimming in
Last week, the government tabled in Parliament bills
designed to review and amend mining laws following a
recent directive by Magufuli.
Magufuli last month received findings of the second
probe by the presidential committee on mineral
concentrates that said Tanzania might have lost millions
of dollars in revenue from mining operations during the
past two decades.
On June 12, Magufuli ordered relevant authorities,
including Parliament, to review and amend mining laws to
ensure that the East African nation benefited from its
Speaking shortly after he was presented with the
probe report, the president also ordered review and
amendment of laws pertaining to the oil and gas
Nehemiah Osoro, the chairman of a special committee
that compiled the second mineral concentrates report,
said the report revealed massive cheating by mining
companies on the amount of gold exports and tax evasion.
For example, said Osoro, the report showed that
between 1998 and March 2017, between 44,000 and 61,000
containers of mineral concentrates worth between 49.12
billion and 83.32 billion U.S. dollars were exported
without the country getting a single cent from tax.