Biteko warns Dar mineral traders

13Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Biteko warns Dar mineral traders

​​​​​​​MINERALS minister, Dotto Biteko has lashed out at minerals scammers who are smuggling minerals into their homes and depriving the government of revenue.

Minerals minister Doto Biteko (2nd-R) leafs through documents on the operations of mineral traders when he visited A minerals marketing centre in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Looking on (R) is his deputy, Prof Shukuru Manya. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Minister Biteko has warned scammers who defraud foreigners and sell them fake minerals, which he said tarnishes the country's reputation which such crime cannot be tolerated.

The minister made the statement yesterday when he visited and inspect mineral traders where he listened their challenges at the mining market located at the NHC building in Dar es Salaam.

"Our goal is to control the smuggling of minerals that’s why we have come to warn them to refrain from buying outside the marketing system because the consequences are serious.we will arrest you,”.

"We must follow the law because the royalties and taxes for mining activities belong to all the Tanzanias. We are going to confiscate your minerals, houses and even take you to the court," he said.

He said in controlling the mining sector chain, the government through the Ministry of Mines as well as the Ministry of Industry and Trade are preparing a bill that will enable all jewelers in the country to be legally recognised.

"The biggest problem for jewelers is anonymity because there are so many that why it is so difficult to identify them. We want to put more pressure on regulating many systems in the mining industry that will creat a friendly environment because our goal is value addition. I strongly urge the jewelers to be patient on this, ”he said. Read More...