Adhere to laws, deputy minister tells miners in forest reserves

17Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Adhere to laws, deputy minister tells miners in forest reserves

DEPUTY Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu has called upon the wananchi with mining licenses in forest reserves, game reserves and national parks to adhere to the country’s laws before they embark on their mining activities.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu

He said despite having mining licences, they have to apply for permits from relevant authorities of natural conservation.

Kanyasu clarified that entering a forest reserve and start mining without such permits is an offence and if arrested will be dealt accordingly.

He issued this warning yesterday in Geita region at a public meeting with Mgusu residents whose main economic preoccupation is gold mining.

He said those who already have mining licences already for mining within the forest reserve in Mgusu area should seek permits from Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) so that they continue with their activities without bother.

He told the wananchi if there is an area that has minerals there are two types of licences required for one to have extraction rights – one in respect for the right above the ground, and another for the right under the ground, before embarking in extracting the minerals. He said the licences for the rights above the ground are issued by TFS.

He said if TFS agrees to issue licences the miners will be issued with procedures including making some payment and told how to replace the trees cut down soon after mineral extraction is complete.

“Whoever will be caught cutting down trees in the forest reserve for mining activities without licence, we will ensured he pays monetary compensation for all the trees cuts,” he warned.

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