...na shareholders wao wakiendelea kutajirika kwa bei kubwa ya dhahabu katika soko la dunia, Watanzania bado hatujaona manufaa yoyote ya rasilimali yetu hiyo tuliyosaini 'mikataba ya siri' inayoonyesha bei dhahabu ya $238. Gold rallies to record ATUL PRAKASH AND VERONICA BROWN Reuters January 2, 2008 at 4:27 PM EST NEW YORK Gold prices swept to a record high Wednesday above the key $850-an-ounce mark, driven by surging oil, a weaker U.S. dollar and simmering geopolitical tensions that polished its safe-haven credentials. Other metals jumped on bullion's bandwagon, with platinum scoring a record high, silver at its highest since mid November and palladium at two-month highs. Spot gold surged to a record $861.10 (U.S.) an ounce surpassing the $850 fixing high of January, 1980. It later backtracked slightly to $855.70/$856.50 in New York at 2:25 p.m. EST, compared with $832.70/833.50 quoted late in New York on Monday. Most-active gold futures for February delivery settled up $22, or 2.6 per cent, at $860 an ounce on the Comex metals division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, after surging to $864.90, a contract high. It's not surprising, given that gold's a safe-haven asset. It's reflective of the fact there is risk aversion in the market in the New Year, said Phylis Papadavid, strategist at Socgen.