SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian police said on Sunday they have arrested a
group of suspects in connection with the attempted
smuggling of 323.6 kilograms of gold out of the country.
On Saturday, police in collaboration with Mwanza
regional safety and security committee seized the gold
at the city's Kigongo Ferry on the shores of Lake
At the same time, Kigongo Ferry Acting Regional
Police Commander Advera Bulimba, said the police have
launched a manhunt for other suspected smugglers, adding
they need to eliminate the syndicate of gold smuggling.
Bulimba said the arrested suspects whose number and
names were withheld on investigative reasons were also
found in possession of some 300 million Tanzanian
shillings (about 130,000 U.S. dollars) which were hidden
in the boot of a car.
"We are determined to end mineral smuggling as well
as to control all types of crimes.
"We are going to arrest all the culprits involved in
this scam," Bulimba told a news conference in the lake
side city of Mwanza.
The senior police officer appealed to Mwanza
residents to collaborate with the police in the hunt for
the remaining suspects.
Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella said the
gold smuggling ring was smashed after the police were
Mongella said security has been enhanced to control
minerals smuggling in the region.
In December 2017, police in Zanzibar arrested a
prominent businessman as he allegedly attempted to
smuggle out eight kilograms of gold.
In August 2017, police seized 14 kilograms of
diamonds at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam as they were about
to be smuggled out.
The diamonds were valued at about 29.5 million U.S.
orders new minerals minister to end gold smuggling
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Wednesday ordered newly
appointed Minister for Minerals, Doto Biteko, to put to
an end to the smuggling of gold out of the east African
President Magufuli appointed Biteko, a former Deputy
Minister for Minerals, on Tuesday, replacing Angellah
Kairuki, who was appointed Minister of State in the
Prime Minister’s Office responsible for investment
Biteko became the third Minister for Minerals
appointed by President Magufuli since he took office in
Speaking shortly after he had sworn-in Biteko and
other senior government officials at State House in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Magufuli expressed his
dissatisfaction at the supervision of the key mining
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential
Communication at State House said President Magufuli
directed the new Minister for Minerals to work closely
with other relevant authorities in establishing gold
selling centers in the country.
Magufuli said the Ministry of Minerals should, in
collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Planning
and the Bank of Tanzania, create centers for selling
The mining sector contributes less than 5 percent of
gross domestic product, prompting the government to
accuse large-scale mining companies of not paying their
fare share of taxes.