Tanzania: Crackdown for Crooks in Offing

THIS week, the Dodoma City Council will embark on a crackdown on those engaged in illegal mining activities in areas the authority had designated off-limits due to land degradation.

Head of the Council's Unit of Environment and Hard Waste Control, Mr Dickson Kimaro, said in a statement here yesterday that the crackdown was in compliance with a recent directive by Vice- President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

"We are implementing the recent directive issued by Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan on improving environment conservation in the city," read part of the statement issued by the City Council's Unit of Communications.

Mr Kimaro explained that the city council environment officers would team up with the local government of Ntyuka Ward to inspect receipts of consignments of sand in areas where brick making activities ere being undertaken.

Reports suggest that some people have been continuing to carry out mining activities at Chidachi on the City's outskirts in defiance of the prohibition.

Mr Kimaro observed that some brick making plant owners and truck owners at Chidachi were conspiring to transport sand from the prohibited area of Chidachi to the brick making plants at night.

He cited areas where mining activities could be conducted as Zuzu, Mtumba, Ihumwa, Iyumbu and Mpunguzi on the outskirts of Dodoma City. He stressed that brick making plant owners should ensure they got legal receipts after purchasing sand from the areas.

The Ntyuka Ward Councillor, Mr Theobald Maina, said over 20 hectares of land at Chidachi, including the green belt, had been seriously affected by mining activities, stressing the need to conduct frequent operations to curb the activities

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