8 November 2012

Tanzania: Youth Shot By Police at Mara

Photo: Tommy Trenchard/IRIN
Artisanal diamond miners at work in an open-pit mine.

TARIME District Commissioner (DC) Mr John Henjwele has said that the law will take its course concerning the most recent fatal shooting of a civilian by a police officer at North Mara Gold Mine on Tuesday.

"A youth was killed during the incident. The law will take its course after postmoterm", the District Commissioner said, addressing a full council meeting in Tarime on Wednesday.

He said some of the problems at the mine are caused by citizens, police or the mine, Mr Henjewele told the meeting without going into details. He however said efforts to reduce conflicts between the mine and the surrounding communities are bearing fruit.

But warned people whom he described as non residents of villages surrounding the mine to stop instigating chaos at the mine. Regional Police Commander (RPC) for Tarime special police zone Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Justus Kamugisha said the problem of intruders invading the mine is still tense. Frequent intrusions carried out mostly by young men have remained to be the biggest challenge facing African Barrick Gold (ABG.

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