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Mining deals cancelled in Congo

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Nurujamii, Mar 20, 2008.

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    Nurujamii JF-Expert Member

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    The Democratic Republic of Congo is to cancel "many" mining contracts and renegotiate others, a minister says. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country's vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people.
    Many Congolese suspect that mining deals are often corrupt and campaign group Global Witness says the review was hit by a lack of transparency. DR Congo has huge reserves of gold, diamonds, copper and more than a third of coltan, used in mobile phones.
    Correspondents say these riches have been a key factor in the civil wars, instability and bad government the country has known since independence.
    'Tragedy'
    At least 60 contracts were cancelled last year and a commission was set up to review them. DR Congo's Deputy Mines Minister Victor Kasongo said it was clear "that none of the contracts met international standards".
    "Many of them need to be re-negotiated and some of them have to be terminated, because when you do business every partner must be remunerated proportionate to their input," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa program. "The state assets were undervalued, making our contribution seem smaller. In essence we are contributing too much. This creates some unfairness."
    The mines review commission also recommended the cancellation of some contracts which it said had been awarded illegally in rebel-held areas in the east of the country. The enquiry into the mining deals has not been made public, sparking condemnation by Global Witness.
    The campaign group said a government task force had been set up to start renegotiating the contracts. "We're calling on the government to make sure this process of re-negotiation is transparent and open," Global Witnesses' Carina Tertsakian told the BBC. "The task force is composed entirely of government ministers and we're worried about what this might mean in terms of a lack of independence."
    President Joseph Kabila won the country's first democratic elections in 40 years in 2006. His critics accuse him of agreeing deals with foreign mining companies which do not benefit local people. Professor Peter Rosenblum from the US-based Carter Center, a consultant to the commission, said mining deals lie at the heart of DR Congo's problems.
    "The tragedy of the many tragedies in the Congo was that the people woke up after years of war and found that the family wealth had been given away, or sold off, or at least as far as people knew, it seemed to have just flitted away."
     
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    Nurujamii JF-Expert Member

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    The Democratic Republic of Congo is to cancel "many" mining contracts and renegotiate others, a minister says. The government said it wanted to ensure that the country's vast mineral wealth was used to benefit its people.
    Many Congolese suspect that mining deals are often corrupt and campaign group Global Witness says the review was hit by a lack of transparency. DR Congo has huge reserves of gold, diamonds, copper and more than a third of coltan, used in mobile phones.
    Correspondents say these riches have been a key factor in the civil wars, instability and bad government the country has known since independence.
    'Tragedy'
    At least 60 contracts were cancelled last year and a commission was set up to review them. DR Congo's Deputy Mines Minister Victor Kasongo said it was clear "that none of the contracts met international standards".
    "Many of them need to be re-negotiated and some of them have to be terminated, because when you do business every partner must be remunerated proportionate to their input," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa program. "The state assets were undervalued, making our contribution seem smaller. In essence we are contributing too much. This creates some unfairness."
    The mines review commission also recommended the cancellation of some contracts which it said had been awarded illegally in rebel-held areas in the east of the country. The enquiry into the mining deals has not been made public, sparking condemnation by Global Witness.
    The campaign group said a government task force had been set up to start renegotiating the contracts. "We're calling on the government to make sure this process of re-negotiation is transparent and open," Global Witnesses' Carina Tertsakian told the BBC. "The task force is composed entirely of government ministers and we're worried about what this might mean in terms of a lack of independence."
    President Joseph Kabila won the country's first democratic elections in 40 years in 2006. His critics accuse him of agreeing deals with foreign mining companies which do not benefit local people. Professor Peter Rosenblum from the US-based Carter Center, a consultant to the commission, said mining deals lie at the heart of DR Congo's problems.
    "The tragedy of the many tragedies in the Congo was that the people woke up after years of war and found that the family wealth had been given away, or sold off, or at least as far as people knew, it seemed to have just flitted away."

    My Take:

    Kwa nini na sisi tusifanye kweli. Tunawaogopa hawa jamaa bure tu. Let's do it, otherwise Kongo watafanikiwa sisi tutabaki tunabembelezana nao tu huku siku zinazidi kupita.
     
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    Mwafrika wa Kike JF-Expert Member

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    Hili ni swali kubwa sana Nurujamii.... usishangae sana mafisadi wakijaribu kuhamisha attention (na wakishindwa big time) ili haya yasahaulike.

    So far inasubiriwa taarifa ya Kamati ya Kikwete ya madini ili moto wa Buzwagi uanze upya kabisaaaaa!
     
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    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    sijui nilieje mwenzenu.. Tanzania tukitaka tunaweza lakini hatuna mwenye ujasiri tumebakia kuwapigia magoti.. venezuela wamevunja mikataba ya kinyonyaji, Nigeria, na sasa hata DRC.. maskini Tanzania tumeshindwa hata kuvunja mkataba wa kampuni ambayo haipo!!!!
     
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    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Tunaingia mikataba ya kifisadi, na hata kunapokuwa na ushahidi wa kutosha kwamba hatunufaiki bado tunaendelea nayo tu miakataba hiyo! Tunaingia mikataba ya kupatiwa umeme hata mapampuni yakishindwa kutupatia umeme tulioingia mkataba nao bado tunawalipa tu mabilioni ya shilingi. Kama sio ukichaa ni nini? Halafu Kikwete kakaa kimya kama vile kila kitu kiko shwari. Hajiamini kabisa kufanya uamuzi wowote ule hata wa kufukuza kazi mafisadi. Kila kitu lazima aunde tume! duh! inasikitisha sana!
     
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    Moelex23 JF-Expert Member

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    Look investors are not stupid.

    If JK decides tomorrow to ask parliament to serious consider new laws to protect our natural resources, U will hear all mining companies are ready to renegotiate ASAP and they will say no need for new laws.

    Ofisi ya mwanasheria Mkuu ni bogus, they like to say U can't break a contract, really?? When ur resources are being plundered?? Are U serious?? Russia, Saudi Arabia, wao wamewezaje kurenegotiate??? ni wazimu wetu tu na uoga wa hawa viongozi wetu.


    Nina kaidea lakini najua nitarushiwa makombora makubwa sana::

    Kuanzia leo at least 50% ya viongozi wote wa Tanzania lazima wawe wameishi out of Tanzania for at least 10 yrs. In my opinion hii itatupa viongozi ambao at least kwanza hawaogopi hao wawekazaji uchwara na pia watakuwa kidogo na idea jinsi nchi mbalimbali zinavyoendeshwa kwa faida ya wananchi. Just an idea kw asababu nashindwa binafsi kuelewa ni nini hasa kinachotusibu sisi!! Gold $1000 an ounce lakini bado tuko bila bila.
    Oil imeenda $100 per barrell, nchi za Uarabuni, Norway, Canada na Russia wanaenjoy kichizi.
     
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    Madela Wa- Madilu JF-Expert Member

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    I believe kwamba kuna Viongozi pale tanzania shingo zao hazitakiwi kuendelea kubeba vichwa vyao vilivyo mzigo hata kwao wenyewe.

    Uovu huu wa viongozi wetu kugeuka kuwa makuwadi wa Ukoloni mamboleo adhabu yake ni moja.

    Kusitisha uwezo wao wa kuvuta Oxygen.
     
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    Augustine Moshi JF-Expert Member

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    Hata tume aliyounda Rais ikotoa mapendekezo yake, bado ataunda tume nyingine kuangalia hayo mapendekezo. Ndivyo ilivyofanyika kwa Kamati ya Richmond. Waziri Mkuu ameunda tume ya kuangalia mapendekezo ya Tume ya Mwakyembe. Pachanga la viongozi wasiwasi!

    Mwalimu Nyerere alisema kweli kwamba ili tuendelee, tunahitaji viongozi bora. Ukweli ni kwamba hatujawahi kuwa na viongozi bora tangu tupate Uhuru. Hawa "wenzetu" hawatakaa watuletee maendeleo ya kweli. Na kwa sasa, haruhusiwi yeyote ambaye sio "mwezetu" kuongoza.

    Kama JK yuko upande wa Watanzania kweli, basi asitishe uchimbaji wa dhahabu mpaka marekebsho ya mikataba yafanyike kwanza. Kuna mbakaji anayeweza kusema sawa tuzungumzie huu ubakaji, lakini akatae kusitisha anachofanya wakati mnazungumza?
     
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    Nurujamii JF-Expert Member

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    Please remove this thread/ imerudiwa kwa makosa. sorry
     
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    Mtarajiwa JF-Expert Member

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    Mbona hueleweki,hiyo article ni uzushi ama vipi?
    vinginevyo,why it doesnt apply to bongoland too???
    Imagine,in most cases jamaa wana share 37% kwa 63% na mwekezaji.Bongo 3% lakini tunaendelea kuchekelea tuu!!!
     
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