By Emmanuel Onyango
Constitutional Affairs and Justice minister Prof Palamagamba Kabudi has outlined strategies aimed at implementing mineral development projects currently going on at various mineral sites in the country.
Minister Kabudi said Tuesday during an interview with the Television Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) in its program titled, ‘Tunatekeleza’ meaning “We are implementing”.
Prof Kabudi outlined the new changes recently introduced after the government reviewed the Mineral Act No: 7 of 2017 and how his ministry is underway to implement the amended provision with a view to have all Tanzanians benefit their natural resources.
Under the implementation, Prof Kabudi noted that following the review of the law, the government has started formal negotiations with Tanzanite One investors on matters pertaining to mining so that Tanzanians can benefit their natural resources.
After finishing negotiations with Tanzanite One investors, the government will continue hold talks with other companies engaged in tanzanite mining.
Recent negotiations with Barrick officials is a good illustration of the readiness of the Tanzania government to sit on the discussions table with other mining companies to see how both parties might benefit from the resources.
He said, the idea of building a fence around the tanzanite mining site at Mererani in Manyara Region is an illustration to ensure that the site is protected against unauthorised entry.
By doing this, the authorities concerned would now be able to do effective monitoring of the area so that the already produced minerals are guarded against smugglers.
“Tanzania is the first county across Africa to have implemented this programme for the protection of minerals,” he said and added that, this plan is in line with the Natural Resources Act whose intention is to safeguard the underground wealth for Tanzanians.
Other implementations are geared to invite more investors to build industries for purifying minerals in the country so as to add values before being exportation.
He said his ministry is strengthening the newly imposed laws so as to fill the gap and loses incurred in the past contracts that the government entered with mining companies.
The other aspect on minerals development in the country is that, all the arbitration matters with the mining companies will now be heard in the country, and to accomplish this, the ministry is underway to present a bill in Parliament so as to have arbitration mechanisms established.
In line with this, Prof Kabudi said his ministry is reviewing investment trade laws so that investors should trade in a sound environment that would enable the country to also get profits as required by the law.
All laws associated with religion and traditional customs need to wait for a while as care and advocacy is needed wherever the laws are to be applied, he said.
He added that all courts need to have an effective system of administration in conducting various cases that would help the unprivileged groups in the country.
The aim of this is to have a system whereby it will help ordinary citizens to get their legal rights and stand for the diverse benefits.