DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities, through a
3.7-million-U.S.-dollar loan from the World Bank, have
embarked on a program to improve working conditions for
small-scale miners, a senior official said Thursday.
acting director of exploration and drilling with State Mining
Corporation (STAMICO), said the program will address
challenges facing small-scale miners, including poor mining
decided to carry out this program after it had realized that
small-scale miners were conducting their activities in
hazardous environments,” said Rutagwelela.
The official said
the program will initially be implemented in seven mining
areas in the East African nation.
He mentioned the
areas as Buhemba in Mara region, Itumbi in Mbeya region,
Katente-Ushirombo in Shinyanga region, Mpanda in Katavi
region, Kange in Tanga region, Kyerwa in Kagera region and
Masakasa in Lindi region.
The program is
expected to be completed in one year, said Rutagwelela, adding
that the program will also involve construction of seven
“The centers will
also be used to train the small-scale miners on different
skills concerning mining and other skills related to their
activities,” he told a meeting with small-scale miners in Mara
Omahe Makina, a
small-scale miner, commended the government for undertaking
such a program, saying it will help in solving problems facing
“This program will
improve the way we are doing mining activities and
subsequently help reduce poverty,” said Machera Mwikwabe,
another small-scale miner.
Mwikwabe said poor
mining working conditions had been a major roadblock to
meeting their goals.
In February, more
than five small-scale miners died at Buhemba gold mine in Mara
region after they were trapped inside a pit following the
collapse of the mine.
Tanzania seizes 428 bags of
marijuana in mountain village
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Drug Control and Enforcement
Authority (DCEA) said Thursday they had seized 428 bags of
marijuana on the slopes of Mount Meru.
Fredrick Kibute, a
senior official of DCEA, described the consignment as one of
the largest marijuana seizures in northern Tanzania this year.
He said that the
428 bags of marijuana was impounded in Engalaoni village in
Arumeru District early Thursday.
camped in the village for almost one week to unveil the haul
of marijuana. But we managed to seize all the bags on Thursday
morning when we carried out a house-to- house inspection,” the
He, however, said
no one was found in those houses.
“The area where
the bags were hidden has no roads, making it hard to be
accessed by government officials and security forces ... there
is no vehicle getting into the area. This is what encourages
people to continue growing the illegal crop.”
Kabute called upon
Tanzanians particularly those living on the slopes of Mount
Meru to stop from growing cannabis, which is prohibited in the
East African nation.
Tanzania is one of
the largest marijuana producers in Africa. .