Tanzania President tells “non-profit” miners “…GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES”

This is a public email to Kelvin Dushnisky, the President of Barrick Gold that also owns 63.9% of Acacia Mining.
Copies of this letter are sent to the all on the Board of Directors of Barrick in Canada and also the Board of Directors of Acacia in UK as well as Law enforcement (in different countries),

Dear Mr. Dushnisky

Yesterday, was the climax of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

Our President made a public speech there and FINALLY… we see our hard work is succeeding…. look at what he said in his speech:

Apart from proper collection of government revenue, the Treasury was instructed to put measures in place that would ensure that the revenue assurance system was working. Our President also asked senior officials to ensure that they supervise tax collection in mining companies as well as ensuring that they seal loop holes for tax evasion.

“There have been instances where a mining company operates in the country for 10 years but still its officials are telling you that they don’t make any profit … if that is the case, they better go back to their countries”

Also our GREAT President finally confirmed officially in public and sent this message to mining companies:
It is better for us Tanzanian’s to remain with our precious gems under our grounds for even 1,000 years than to let overseas mining companies take our precious gems and NOT pay taxes and royalties fairly and honestly.
Also, the President said… It is not a sin to leave our precious gem mining pits for the next generations to work on and benefit from fair and correct taxes and royalties.

If you don’t believe us, ask Deo and his management team at your Dar office to confirm…. IF THEY DARE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH.
And if you still do not believe … then look at the Daily News internet article yesterday:
http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/50929-magufuli-explains-job-freezeAnd if you need the Kiswahili version, here is the link:

In Kiswahili, partly he said:
Mbali na hilo, aliwaagiza viongozi hao kuhakikisha serikali inakusanya kodi zinazostahili kutoka kwenye kampuni za madini na kufuatilia kwa karibu, kwa kuwa kuna udanganyifu mkubwa unaofanywa na baadhi ya kampuni.
In short, translated for you, the President said to the Tax Authorities to be sure to work hard to collect taxes from the mining companies BECAUSE THERE IS MASSIVE FRAUD COMMITTED BY SOME COMPANIES

Surely you remember that only a few weeks ago, in our Parliament in Dodoma, Barrick Mining and Acacia Mining were publicly lambasted for FRAUD and CORRUPTION? We sent you the details on June 1, 2016.
Now the President follows with his message “… go back to their countries” !! Can you see the writing on the wall yet ? And there YOU are, Mr. Dushnisky, sitting in your office over 10,000km away, and doing nothing???

Mr. Dushnisky, there are many anti-FRAUD and anti-CORRUPTION lobby groups working tirelessly around the world – we are only one of them. We are sure you have your hands FULL with their activist activities…
The internet is certainly full of the reports.  The difference between them and us is that we are NOT anti-Barrick or anti-Acacia. We wrote to you many times… our country needs international companies to work here… it is a win-win situation for ALL sides…. BUT only on condition that you operate properly and you pay your taxes and royalties fairly and correctly.

We wrote to you many times asking YOU to come to Tanzania and fix your problems here… but instead you ignore our requests and NOW FINALLY, after all our work and research that we sent to our President and his Government team…. NOW the message is clear…
There have been instances where a mining company operates in the country for 10 years but still its officials are telling you that they don’t make any profit … if that is the case, they better go back to their countries“. Why do you push our country to this point instead of cooperating with us and finding solutions to problems?

The last thing you need is to read that message to your company. The last thing you want is to spend work hours on damage-control instead of creativity for the good of your company and shareholders.

The first thing YOU need to do is get on a plane and come here and fix your problems so that business can return to peace and quiet and long term profits. We urge you not to take offence at our “simple native women” email telling YOU to get on a plane.

One of our European bosses used to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt very often … he said: It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
Is it not time yet to follow the advice of ex-President Roosevelt? From one President to another, so to speak 😇

We will continue to work for our President, our Government and our Nation. We will support and praise you and your company when there are good tidings. Conversely, we will work 24/7 to do the opposite if YOU choose to keep your distance and leave your problems in our country unsolved. You are a lawyer and an engineer and a businessman. If you cannot see your way forwards as a friend and a partner of Tanzania, then, excuse us for being so forward, we have no idea what you are doing in the chair of President of Barrick Gold and Chairman of Acacia Mining!

Kind regards
Samantha Cole


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