DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Tuesday sought answers from top
government officials and private sector players on why Tanzania
was yet to see the real benefits of its vast mineral wealth.
President Magufuli chaired a one-day meeting that was aimed at
seeking answers from top government officials and private sector
players in the country’s mining industry.
"I’ve come here today to listen to views and challenges of
mining stakeholders," Magufuli said to cheers from artisanal
miners from across the east African nation at the conference
held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
"I want to hear from you - mining stakeholders - and I want
you to speak openly," he added.
After listening to presentations from representatives of the
Federation of Miners Association of Tanzania and the Tanzania
Bankers’ Association, the president took charge of the meeting.
The president convened the meeting after Tanzania had passed
a string of laws and regulations in 2017, which ushered in
sweeping changes to the country’s mining code as the government
sought a bigger share of revenues from the sector.
Magufuli has publicly accused large-scale mining companies of
not paying their fair share of taxes and has urged the Tanzania
Revenue Authority (TRA) to crack down on tax evasion in the
In his quest for tighter regulation of the sector, the
president has appointed three mining ministers in three years
and has made it clear that he will not hesitate to make further
cabinet changes in future in the portfolio until he was
satisfied with the management of the country’s natural
The president noted that a recent World Bank report showed
that Tanzania was not the leading exporter of minerals even
among East African countries, despite the country’s vast mineral
"You heard the recent incident where gold was being smuggled
from Tanzania under police escort.
"Why are our police officers escorting smuggled minerals,"
President Magufuli said he was still not satisfied by tax
collection from the mining sector and said he expected answers
from the TRA Commissioner General, Charles Kichere, who was also
"These mining commissioners located at different parts of the
country are experts in geology.
"Why are minerals being smuggled from their areas under their
watch while they haven’t even missed a single month’s salary?"
inquired the president.
Tanzania, which is one of Africa’s biggest gold producer,
boasts reserves of some 260 minerals.
"The mining sector currently contributes only 4.5 percent of
the country’s GDP.
"We want the contribution of the sector to reach 10 percent
or above so that the sovereignty of Tanzanians can be reflected
in the mining sector," he said.
Tanzania to install CCTV
cameras in southern sanctuary to curb poaching
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is set to install closed-circuit
television (CCTV) cameras in the Mikumi National Park in a move
aimed at curbing poaching incidents in the sanctuary, located in
southern part of the east African nation, a senior official said
Hamis Kigwangalla, Tanzania’s minister for Natural Resources
and Tourism said that the surveillance cameras will also help
reduce accidents, which kill hundreds of wild animals in the
park that is located 250 km from the country’s commercial
capital, Dar es Salaam.
He said that the cameras will be installed across the Mikumi
national park as well as on the 50 km-stretch of the park along
the busiest Tanzania-Zambia highway.
"This is the only way we can save this important sanctuary
from poaching and reckless driving," he said in an interview.
"The CCTV cameras will ease the task of managing the
important park in the country," he said, without divulging the
amount of money that will be spent in the project.
According to the minister, the Tanzania-Zambia highway in the
park has complicated the management of the park as it makes it
easier for poachers to get into the park using different means
of transport such as vehicles, and motorcycles.
"In this project we’ll team up with police traffic
department, who ensure that the 50 km-stretch of the park is an
accident-free area. As government, we’re very optimistic that
CCTV cameras will play a big role in addressing accidents in the
park," the minister stressed.
In 2016, it is estimated that about 313 wild animals were
killed in the Tanzania’s fourth largest park.
Animals in the park include giraffes, elephants, lions,
zebras and wildebeests.
Mwanza police arrest group of Gold smugglers at Kigongo