DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan
government on Wednesday handed over 35.34 kilograms of gold that
was smuggled from Tanzania in February 2018 and millions of cash
money stolen from a Tanzanian bank in May 2004.
gold, which was intercepted at the Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport (JKIA) on Feb. 15, 2018, was handed over by Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s special envoy, Monica Juma, who is
also the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Tanzanian
President John Magufuli.
The Kenyan government also handed over 170 million Tanzanian
shillings, 76,500 U.S. dollars and 171,600 Kenyan shillings
which were stolen on May 21, 2004 from the National Bank of
Commerce in Moshi.
Biswalo Mganga, Tanzanian Director for Public Prosecution,
said the Kenyan government has also handed over to Tanzanian
authorities suspects who were involved in the smuggling of the
gold and the stealing of the money to face prosecution.
Mganga said the return of the gold was agreed between
Presidents Kenyatta and Magufuli when they recently met in Chato,
Magufuli’s native village in the northwest of the east African
Mganga said the gold was intercepted in July 2018 in the
Kenyan capital Nairobi after it was smuggled from Mwanza airport
through Kilimanjaro International Airport to JKIA.
Speaking after he had received the gold and money at an event
televised live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation,
Magufuli described President Kenyatta as a hero and a person
with the highest integrity.
Magufuli said Tanzania has taken several measures, including
amendments of minerals laws and opening of minerals trading
centers, in order to control smuggling of the minerals by
He lashed out at Tanzania’s security and defense forces for
laxity, saying he could not fathom how the gold was smuggled out
of the country through airports without detection.
"This is a shame to our security and defense organs," said
the head of state, commending the Kenyan security and defense
forces for intercepting the gold at the JKIA.
The president warned that Tanzania and Kenya were not
suitable places for suspects to hide because they will be
flushed out and face the full force of the law.
Magufuli said he was planning to reward the Kenyan security
and defense organs that intercepted the gold.