JPM to receive smuggled gold from Kenyan govt

24Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
JPM to receive smuggled gold from Kenyan govt

PRESIDENT John Magufuli is today morning scheduled to receive 35 kilogrammes of gold that were smuggled outside the country and seized by authorities in neigbouring Kenya.

Longido District Commissioner Frank Mwaisumbe.

A brief media advisory shared by the Tanzania Information Services—office of the Chief Government Spokesman—said the minerals will be handed over to the Head of State at 8am by a delegation sent by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The president will also receive a report from the delegation detailing how the minerals were smuggled from Tanzania before being seized by Kenyan authorities,” the advisory noted.

Incidents of mineral smuggling from Tanzania have hit the headlines in the recent past, indicating organised activity to take the natural resources outside the country illegally.

Last month, a consignment of different types of gemstones including tanzanite was seized by authorities at the Namanga border post in the process of being smuggled out.

The gemstone weighing over 36 kilogrammes were seized by a special team of law enforcers who received a tip off on the attempt to smuggle the gemstones using a bus plying the Arusha – Nairobi highway.

Longido District Commissioner Frank Mwaisumbe said the gemstone including five kilogrammes of tanzanite, ruby and others were found disguised in a consignment of rice.

In February last year, the Kenya Revenue Authority said it had intercepted gold worth USD 1 million and arrested a Tanzanian national in Nairobi.

In a statement, the authority said it had seized 32,255.50 grams of gold bars at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

KRA also found on the 46-year-old suspect was an accompanying invoice of USD 859,890 related to the consignment, it elaborated.

“The suspect was seized following an intelligence alert. He had arrived at JKIA at 1505hrs on Friday, February 16, on board Precision Airlines from Mwanza via Kilimanjaro and was heading to Dubai aboard Kenya Airways,” the statement by the taxman said.

In January, the police in collaboration with the Mwanza regional safety and security committee seized 300 kilogrammes of gold at the city’s Kigongo Ferry.

The arrested suspects were also found in possession of 300mn/- which were hidden in a car boot.

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