1 April 2014

Tanzania: Intruders Worry Mara Gold Mine

Mara — THE number of people, mostly young men, intruding in the North Mara Gold Mine to steal gold sand is still high, the Regional Police Commander (RPC) for Tarime Special Regional Police Zone has said.

"Intruders are still disturbing us at the mine and they are still many," Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP), Justus Kamugisha told the 'Daily News' in Tarime.

He appealed for joint efforts that will help to end the intrusion problem at the mine. "We call upon every stakeholder including local leaders to play their role in the society so the intrusion problem is ended," the regional police chief said.

Some intruders who disturb operations at the mine are reportedly originating from other districts which border Tarime District and as far afield as from one of the neighbouring East Africa sister countries, according to Tarime officials. North Mara Gold Mine is one of the gold mines operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG), Tanzania largest gold producer.

It is one of Tanzania's largest gold mines located at Nyamongo in the Northern Tarime District of Mara Region. ABG sees intrusions at the mine as a critical issue that should be solved once and for all.

The miners say they are taking further steps aimed at eliminating intrusions at the mine this year (2014). The mining company has of late been spending millions of shillings to support what it has termed as sustainable income generating projects that benefit hundreds of local youths in a bid to cut the intrusion rate at the mine.

The investor has further employed a highly experienced expert to study what is still driving some people to intrude into the mine despite that fact that it has of late been investing heavily on youth group's development initiatives in the surrounding communities.

Despite that the investor has set up a multimillion wall fence to boost security and safety in some parts of the mine. Other areas guarded by armed police officers 24 hours a day.

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