By Azania Post Reporter
A team of police officers have arrived at Mererani mining area in Manyara region to control mining activities which is only found in Northern Tanzania.
According to regional police commander, Francis Massawe, the police took action just as President John Magufuli gave orders to ensure the vital gemstones are not stolen, as it has proved to be the case in the past.
Tanzania President John Magufuli
RPC Massawe said they had since positioned themselves well, and that they could now observe meticulously all activities taking place within the mines from Block A to D in terms of mining as well as storage of the tanzanite gems.
“As you are aware the president ordered the TPDF (Tanzania People’s Defence Forces) … through National Service to build a fence around the area. … and we have taken action to reinforce security in the area so as to control theft and any unlawful deals,” the RPC said.
The police were also observing security and defence over the whole area, making a close watch over all activities within the mining area and storage facilities to ensure everything was done “in accordance with the law and directives of the government,” Massawe added.
A parliamentary select committee had found that while the global tanzanite trade for the last 12 years indicate that over 8.2trn/- worth Tanzanite had been traded, TRA documents show only 454bn/-, meaning over 80 per cent of the gemstones were exported illegally.
During his tour here, President Magufuli ordered TPDF through National Service, to build a wall fence around Tanzanite blocks A to D at Mirerani tanzanite mines and install high-tech equipment to monitor mining activities, so the government can earn proper revenue.
He also directed that trading in tanzanite gemstone should now be conducted in Simanjiro only, so as to promote trade and development within the area.