By Emmanuel Onyango
TWO deputy ministers have met today in Shinyanga for a one day official tour where they visited the diamond production mine at EL-Hillal Mine in Kishapu in the region.
The officials visit of the Deputy Minister for Minerals Doto Biteko and his counterpart Anthony Mavunde who serves in the Prime Minister’s office responsible for Labour, Youth and Employment) is part of the implementation activities and directives of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party as inclined in its 2015-2020 manifesto.
While in Mwanza, Mavunde inspected work standards and ensured that the registration of employers’ companies into the Workers’ Compensation Fund (WCF) is done.
These activities are part of his ministry’s jurisdiction of inspecting the level of workers’ performances.
Mavunde carried the work in line with the directives issued by the Minister in-charge of the ministry Jenista Mhagama who recently issued government directives which required all employers in the country to register with WCF before September 30 last year.
The minister said failure to register with the WFC will attract a hefty fine of up to Sh50m employers as per Section 71(4) of the Labour and Employment Act which requires them.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister for minerals Biteko has stressed the need for small scale miners in the country to pay taxes saying all workers the miners needed to join small development groups to further their development skills and build their capacity to acquire more experience in the sector.
He also told miners that the government has already set aside areas in some parts of the country to ensure a survey is conducted to link minerals experts with small-scale miners to promote their activities.
“The government has realised the need to promote small scale miners to improve their lives through higher productivity, this will make them become middle miners and grow up as time progress.
The deputy minister also miners holding mining licenses to keep their monthly records that entails the costs of their operations and other activities and submit them to the district mineral officers for inspection.