4 September 2014

Tanzania: Computerisation May End Mining Disputes

THE government is determined to improve applications in computing systems when issuing mining licences in order to reduce land conflicts between investors and smallscale miners.

This was said on Tuesday by the principal geologist from the ministry of Energy and Mineral, Mr Ebahart Dilliwa, during the ongoing training workshop on the extractive sector.

The workshop was organised by the Journalists' Environment of Tanzania (JET) in collaboration with Africa Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) which is based in Kampala, Uganda.

Mr Dilliwa said that though the system was established some years back, but its implementation has not yet been intensified. The principal geologist was responding to a question raised by the participants as to why in many mining areas there were land crises between the small-scale miners and investors soon after the mining licences were issued to investors.

He further said that through computerised system the mining licences could be issued in any region and information would reach at the ministry at the right time to avoid confusion.

This would enable the government to take immediate action when crises occur. He, however, said that some crises were accelerated by political issues.

He thus urged the politicians to leave technical matters in the hands of experts who know how to solve the matter accordingly.

Insisting on his statement he further said the politicians and the public in general should cultivate a habit of depending on experts to resolve issues concerning a certain fields like that of extractive industry, a development which would bring harmony and promote development in a particular field.

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