By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzanian government has warned investors in the mining sector who are the source of disputes between them and locals saying it will revoke their mining licenses.
This was said by Deputy Minister for minerals Stanslaus Nyongo when addressing more than 100 artisanal miners from Bunda and Butiama districts in Mara region recently.
The deputy minister said some mining companies take the safety and wellbeing of the neighbouring communities for granted, while others even conduct their activities illegally at the expense of environmental protection.
“Such activities should immediately cease or we will be forced to revoke any such a licence without hesitation,” he warned.
Nyongo said that the government will revoke all mining licences issued to such investors whose transactions and activities have caused unending misunderstanding with neighbouring communities.
The deputy minister said the government has set rules and regulations that regulate whoever wants to join the mining industry in order to maintain safety of the people and also to ensure maximum benefit from the activity.
Nyongo urged investors in the region to ensure safety and security by working closely with law enforcement agencies to curb illegal mining as well as environmental degradation and other activities that undermine the security of the surrounding areas.
“Miners should fight against illegal mining and other activities that degrade the environment, further asking them to enhance good working relations with the surrounding communities, adding the mineral potential should not bring about conflict with the host villagers.