Tarime — AFRICAN Barrick Gold (ABG) is scheduled to spend over 22bn/- to relocate hundreds of villagers living near North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Mara Region. The exercise will involve 1,070 people, according to Tarime District Commissioner, Mr John Henjewele.
"This is phase 20 and 1,070 people will be paid about 22.4bn/- to move away from mining areas. Payment procedures are on the final stages and the government is supervising the exercise," the DC said in his report to the Deputy Minister for Minerals, Mr Stephen Masele a few days ago.
The Deputy Minister was in Tarime last week for official familiarisation tour into the villages located near the mine which is operated by ABG, Tanzania's leading gold miner.
Compensation exercise has also been approved by Mara Regional Commissioner, Mr John Tupa, according to Mr Henjewele.
The Canadian miner has been spending millions of shillings to relocate hundreds of families paving way for expansion of mining activities.
Meanwhile, the government is due to conduct census to establish the exact number of villagers near the mine, a move aimed at checking increased cases of invasions. The exercise is scheduled to be held later this month, the DC said.
"Some invaders are reportedly coming from the neighbouring countries. We want to control this problem and we are also removing people out of the mine, as well as involving communities to take part in beefing up security at the mine," Mr Henjewele said.