By Emmanuel Onyango
THE government has issued license to 5,000 small-scale miners operating in various parts in the country, deputy minister Dotto Biteko told the parliament today.
He said the government would continue issuing licenses to small-scale miners as part of the economic empowerment to locals.
Biteko was responding to a supplementary question raised to him by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) special seat legislator for Njombe Neema Mgaya who wanted to know plans by the government to help small-scale miners operating in Njombe other parts of the country.
Responding, the deputy minister said the government would advertise mineral gemstones bearing in mind that it has banned exportation of minerals to build the country’s economy.
“We want to empower small scale miners to the middle scale miners and then to big miners so as to increase coffers to the government,” he said.
However, he said miners need to ensure they operate in groups responsibility is to urge them work in groups to provide them with good working environment.
CCM legislator for Busokelo constituency Fredy Mwakibete also wanted to know plans by the government in promote Ruby gemstones found in his constituency.
The deputy minister noted that the government is also striving hard to continue with exploration of the gemstones through its mineral research institute to explore the country.