Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 December 2012

Tanzania: Commissioner Advises Gold Miners to Avoid Conflicts

Singida — SINGIDA Regional Commissioner Dr Parseko Kone has urged the Association for Small Scale Gold Miners in the region, to collaborate with the central mining office to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Iramba District Administrative Secretary (DAS) Mr Yahya Nania during the small scale miners election meeting held at the Folk Development College here, the RC noted that squabbles and conflicts could easily be eliminated by mutual understanding.

The Regional Commissioner observed that conflicts which occasionally occur between miners and the surrounding community could be solved amicably if the Association for the small scale miners in the region were to involve and prudently utilize the officials in the Central Mining office.

During the elections, whose bearers will spend five years in office, Robert Marando was elected Chairperson while Farijala Kiunsi became the Secretary General. The meeting also elected Martha Kayaga to be Assistant Chairperson for the Association and John Meta its Assistant Secretary.

Other members elected to form the executive committee of the Miners Association include John Bina, William Swai, Julius Madembwe, Janeth Nyakonji, Yusufu Mwandami, Ismail Iwvata, Athuman Metha, Yahaya Ibrahimu, Innocent Makomelo and Johari Jafari.

Meanwhile, the newly elected Chairperson Mr Marando has pledged to collaborate with the government and further cautioned that his association will not entertain any politics in their places of work to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

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