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Tanzanian gov’t vows to confiscate assets of mineral smugglers

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Dotto Biteko, the Minister for Minerals, urged all dealers in minerals to sell their precious stones to minerals trading centers that were being established across the east African nation.

Biteko was speaking in the northwest city of Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria shortly after he had inaugurated a minerals trading cenrte.

The inauguration of the centre brought to 13 the number of minerals trading centers that have been opened in the country since President John Magufuli had ordered the creation of such centres early this year.

“Anybody caught smuggling minerals out of the country will face the music, including confiscation of assets,’’ the minister warned.

On April 27, President Magufuli ordered regional commissioners in regions producing minerals to open trading centres of the precious stones in seven days.

The president while addressing a public rally in Chunya district in Mbeya region recently wondered why that order he made early this year was not being observed by the regional commissioners.

“I want to see mineral trading centers in gold producing regions to be in operation within seven days from today.

“The mineral trading centers help in curbing smuggling of gold out of the country,’’ the president said.

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