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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

MP mulls private motion against foreign goldmine

2nd February 2011

Nzega legislator Dr Hamisi Kigwangwalla has said he intends to table a private motion in Parliament this month seeking immediate closure of the operations of Golden Pride goldmine in his constituency.

Addressing journalists on Monday in Dar es Salaam, the lawmaker said he wanted operations of the foreign firm closed down once and for all, citing 'many negative impacts' it caused to the people in the area.

He said the country has over the last 13 years seen the mushrooming of mining companies in Nzega, Geita, Bulyanhulu, Mara North, Buhemba and Tulawaka, which have contributed to revenue increase and helped in reducing unemployment.

“But the expansion of the sector is so wide to the point that the government and other organisations are failing to closely follow up on all the developments taking place in the mines,” said Dr Kigwangalla.

The MP said the problem is caused by lack of modern equipment, experts and infrastructure.

“The mining sector is very big, however due to its vastness, it’s becoming very difficult for the government and its partners to closely monitor,” he said.

He said people who live closer to the mines were extremely poor as they didn’t benefit from mining operations adequately as stipulated in country’s laws and regulations governing mining business.

The MP also said the mining sector has failed to contribute to the financial growth of other sectors and also small scale miners have failed to grow to become large scale miners.

Regarding Golden Pride, he said it’s rated as the first foreign company to open a goldmine business in 1999, but since then it has failed to compensate over 1,000 local small-scale miners despite securing about 1.68 million gold ounces.

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