President of Tanzania Dr. John Magufuli ordered the security organs to immediately question all who involved into the saga of mineral sand including former ministers, lawyers and all government officials who have been involved into dubious contracts which caused the government to lose a lot of revenues from miming industry particularly gold.
Magufuli’s decision came shortly after received a second report from a probe team formed by economists, lawyers, and experts of finance which chaired by Prof. Nehemiah Osoro and sworn in by President Magufuli on April 11, this year at the State house.
Caption: Tanzania Leaders including religious, political, security organs put their hands together as a sign to appreciate the speech delivered by President Dr. John Magufuli (not in picture), during the handing over ceremony of second mineral sand report which conducted by a probe team formed by the President and sworn in on April 11, 2017 in Dar es Salaam.
He said: “immediate actions should be taken against those who involved into the agreements, regardless their position and status, whether public servants or non-government officials”.
The accused people who implicated in the second report of mineral sand by second probe team including the late minister for industries, trade and investments Dr. Abdallah Kigoda, former minister for energy and minerals Daniel Yona and former attorney general Johnson Mwanyika.
Others are former Attorney General Andrew Chenge (Bariadi-CCM) and former minister for energy and minerals William Ngeleja (Sengerema-CCM).
Magufuli also ordered the National Assembly through its house speaker Job Ndugai to review all mineral agreements including that of oil and gas, assured to increase the time frame for the Bunge sessions so as to pave the way for Member of Parliaments to discuss in deeply all the mineral agreements.
President of Tanzania Dr. John Magufuli speaks to the national through religious leaders, political leaders, security organs, artists,other authorities and media practitioners(not in picture) today shortly after received a second report of mineral sand from the probe team chaired by Prof. Nehemia Osoro at State house in Dar es Salaam.
While presenting the second report, Prof. Osoro accused some government officials, mining companies and Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) officials who committed in nation’s economic sabotage by evading taxes.
He said Tanzania lost an average of between 108tril/- and 188tril/- through gold, copper concentrates exports since 1998 to 2017.
However, Shares in Acacia Mining fell more than 8 percent on Monday after a Tanzanian government investigation team accused the London-listed firm of operating in the country illegally without proper documentation.
Acacia, which could not immediately be reached to comment, has been caught up in President John Magufuli's campaign to reform the mining industry, a key source of foreign exchange for the East African country.
The government has previously accused the company of under-declaring its gold exports and failing to pay some taxes.
Acacia has denied all the accusations. "Acacia Mining Plc has been operating illegally in Tanzania without a certificate of compliance," said Nehemia Osoro, the chairman of the investigating team, when it presented the report to the president in a ceremony broadcast on TV. The report on the mining industry by the investigating committee found the country lost up to 108.5 trillion shillings ($48.59 billion) in revenue from exports of gold and copper concentrates between 1998 and 2017, Magufuli said at the event.