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Mineral smuggling out of TZ decried; A worrying trend to see another country raking Our Wealth?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    By Edward Qorro, The Citizen Reporter

    Dar es Salaam. A huge chunk of minerals in the country are reportedly being smuggled into a neighbouring country, a practice that has seen the country losing billions of shillings in revenue.


    The precious gemstones are said to be leaving the country after extraction for polishing and cutting and later exported out of the neighbouring country.

    Mr Semkae Kilonzo, a coordinator with Policy Forum, told this reporter on the sidelines of a mining sector forum yesterday that it was now becoming a worrying trend to see another country raking in massive wealth from Tanzania’s resources.


    For that reason, the coordinator insisted that there was an urgent need of improving the country’s marketing environment to ensure that the gemstones were locally cut and polished, before export.

    “Some countries are benefiting from our resources. There is a false belief that tanzanite is mined in the neighboring country just because it is polished there,” he said.


    Mr Kilonzo named Kenya as a place where some minerals from Tanzania are said to be sent for polishing and cutting.


    “Tanzanite for instance is taken to Kenya for polishing and cutting just for the international market to learn that the gemstone is from the neighbouring country,” insisted the coordinator.


    Other precious minerals leaving the country according to Mr Kilonzo were diamond and ruby.


    For his part, Mr Amani Mustafa Mhinda, an executive director with HakiMadini, an organisation that jointly hosted the forum with Policy Forum, observed that the government had failed to set a conducive marketing environment for artisanal miners.


    In his argument, Mr Mhinda noted that there was still a negative perception of the small scale miners, something that was tarnishing the image of the mining sector in the country.


    “For one to get a master dealer’s licence, a miner has to set aside one million shillings as license bond, which is farfetched for a small miner,” he emphasised.


    On some minerals crossing the border, Mr Mhinda attributed this to the government’s failure for not setting an indicative pricing system for gemstones making it easy for some dealers in the neighbouring country to make a kill out of it.


    The three-day forum which brought together mining key players from Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Uganda, under the theme of ‘Industries, Sovereignty and Sustainable Development,’ saw a good number of participants agitating for the recognition of artisanal miners.

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  2. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    1st of all our politicians don't care about the wealth of the Tanganyika's Population, they care too Much bout the wealth of their stomach

    and their out of care and standard kids but rich with Tanganyika's wealth... What they worry about Tanganyika's is for them to be

    UNITED and throw them OUT of the leadership ndio Maana wanalete au hawakemei DOSARI mbaya Inayofedhehesha Mataifa yote

    DUNIANI UDINI, UKABILA na UBEBERU (UBEPARI wa KUPINDUKIA).
     
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    Narubongo JF-Expert Member

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    I don't want to say 'we failed everywhere' let us try new political party and see what will happen after 5 years, if we'll continue to read same stories then jungle we'll the best option
     
  4. Nicholas

    Nicholas JF-Expert Member

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    we have been singing the same song with same verses yet CCM has even failed to try to do anything.
     
  5. King'asti

    King'asti JF-Expert Member

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    What do you expect if the investors have their own air strips and planes which are not monitored?
    As we speak, an investor in Serengeti is planning to build a replica of Mwanza airport for his VIP guests! Wait for the new sagas of animal trafficking!

    Kigumu chama cha mafisadi!
     
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