By Azania Post Reporter
PRESIDENT Dr John Magufuli has said he is not impressed by the performance of the Ministry of Minerals in Tanzania urging officials to increase speed.
Speaking soon after he swore in Dotto Biteko as the new deputy minister for minerals, at State House in Dar es Salaam today Monday Jan 8, 2018 President Magufuli said officials of the ministry were too slow in making decisions.
Citing he said already the Parliament has enacted a new Mining Act No 7, 2017 and president has signed it as a law but its regulations have not been signed.
“I signed this act in September last year, but still its regulations are not signed six months later while the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Commissioner for minerals are there why?” he queried.
Dr Magufuli said he appointed two deputy ministers in the same ministry in order to serve more Tanzanians and bring development.
He ordered the two deputy ministers to sit down and make sure that the new regulations are signed by the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Prof Palamagamba Kabudi before Friday this week.
The minister for minerals is on leave, I direct you officials in the ministry to make sure that the new regulations are signed by Minister Kabudi before Friday this week in order to enable us implement some activities more smoothly.
Explaining he said lack of the said regulations have made the government fail to do a lot of things such as auctioning of tanzanite mines.
“Last time I ordered to halt Tanzanite auction in Manyara due to lack of such regulations, we have a lot of things which do not go,” he added.
President Magufuli said must benefit from God-given minerals and that is why we must safeguard natural resource wealth.
The new mining law which require the government to own at least a 16 percent stake in mining projects.
The laws, which also increase royalties tax on gold and other minerals, were passed by parliament last year despite opposition from the mining industry body.
On his part, Deputy Minister Biteko who is Bukombe legislator thanked President Magufuli for the trust he showed on him.
He pledged to work more faithful and deliver according to the directives to be given by top leaders for the interests of Tanzanians.
Following today’s swearing in, the Mineral Ministry will now have a minister and two deputy ministers.