Monday, June 11, 2018

Mineral licenses for small scale miners are ready, says mineral minister

The promise by the fifth phase government of issuing licenses to small scale miners in different parts in the country seems to have taken a high pace of consideration as already 5,000 licenses have already been prepared to the targeted groups working in various mining sites in the country. The deputy minister for minerals Dotto Mashaka Biteko said last week in parliament that, the government will continue issuing such licenses to small scale miners as part of their economic empowerment in line with the capacity building to be given to them by the government for their future life. The deputy minister was responding a supplementary question which was raised by Njombe special seat legislator Neema William Mgaya (CCM) who was eager to know how far the government has helped small scale miners operating in Njombe and in various mining sites in the country. 

Dotto Mashaka Biteko

In response, the minister noted that, the government would continue the issuance of such licenses unabated and also continue advertising mineral gemstones bearing in mind the fact that the government has strictly controlled exportation of minerals with a view to build country’s economy. He said the aim of the government is to promote the lives of the low income miners into becoming bigger miners in future. “The government’s responsibility is to urge them work in groups as it will provide them with the good working environment”, he said.  Another supplementary question was raised by Busokelo constituency legislator Fredy Mwakibete (CCM) who wanted to know plans by the government in advertising Ruby gemstones found in his constituency. The deputy minister noted that, in line with this, the government is also striving hard to continue with exploration of the gemstones through its mineral research institute in order to explore the country.

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