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Penalise investors mistreating wananchi, government urged

11th January 2012
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The government has been urged to take stern measures against investors who harass and abuse Tanzanians particularly those working in mining areas located in Kahama district, Shinyanga region.

The call was made here by the Shinyanga Regional CCM Chairman Hamis Mgeja, and Kishapu legislator Suleiman Chambi when delivering their speeches at a function to bid farewell to 2011.

Apart from asking for the measures, they also asked the government to review taxes paid by investors to Kahama district in a bid to fast track economic activities.

Mgeja said he was astonished to hear that there are some investors in gold mines who have been harassing their workers (locals) for no apparent reasons.

He said it was sad to see some investors despite having been allocated areas for investment have been in the forefront in mistreating local workers demanding for their rights.

“This country is for Tanzanians. It is not good to mistreat them. We urge the government to take stern measures against investors found to abuse them,” he said.

He also blamed some government leaders who because of business contacts with the investors have failed to attend to complaints raised by residents.

“I urge you leaders to stop such behaviour which can lead to unnecessary confusion and destabilise peace and harmony in mining areas,” he insisted.

For his part, Nchambi urged the government to review taxes paid by the mining investors to the district council.

He said the current taxes amounting to USD 200,000 was too low to support development projects in the district.

Nchambi who is also the member of the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC) said Kahama district has not benefited much from the mineral resources. According to him the infrastructure was poor, hence retarding its development.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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