By Moshi Shaban
A few days after the government of Tanzania and Acacia Mining PLC agreed to negotiate a resolution to an escalating dispute over operating illegally and incurred the country into big loss, more than 400 people living nearby North Mara Gold Mine which is under the operations of Acacia, have decided to ambush the mining attempted to demand for compensation.
Tarime Regional Police Commander Andrew Satta confirmed that the unknown people who suspected to come from Kemando and Matongo wards in Tarime District were invaded in North Mara Gold Mining, but before destroying properties Police Force intervened and dispersed them.
According to RPC, Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse those gathered in North Mara Gold Mining, but nobody has been arrested connected to the matter, also no injured people reported during the incident that took more than one hour.
Tarime Rural MP, John Heche, recently quoted said that residents surrounding the mining have been waiting for their compensation since 2014 after their area which was given to the investor.
“The unending residents' complaints lie on their stand that the giant miner has extended their silence and delay to compensate all locals who are living alongside the mine area,” the MP quoted.
Adamu Kibe, a resident of Matongo village in Tarime said that their decision came after the release of the second report of mineral sand, in which Acacia mining company mentioned to operate illegally in Tanzania without being registered and evading taxes, so they were after their demands.
Unconfirmed report said some of residents have already been given their demands but others have told to wait until the mining firm complete evaluation to know the actual amount compared to the actual value of the land.
Last year, the former Minister for Energy and Mineral, Prof Sospeter Muhongo formed a special committee, which comprised two administrative representatives from his Ministry,the Tarime rural legislator, Acacia authorities, the police and other several auxiliary government civil servants from the regional level directly appointed by the responsible minister for discussing the matter.