A PUBLIC LETTER TO PRESIDENT OF BARRICK GOLD & CEO OF ACACIA MINING

By Samantha Cole of Tanzania Business Ethics

NORTH MARA MINE, TANZANIA – UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FOR BARRICK GOLD & ACACIA MINING

A PUBLIC LETTER TO PRESIDENT OF BARRICK AND CEO OF ACACIA MINING:

Mr. Kelvin Dushnisky and Mr. Brad Gordon.

Copies to:
Board members of Barrick & Acacia;
President Dr, JP Magufuli;
Chief Secretary, Amb. JWH Kijazi;
Minister Sospeter Muhongo;
Other Tanzania Ministers;
Journalists worldwide.

Dear Mr. Kelvin Dushnisky and Mr. Brad Gordon

Only days ago, we shared with the public, a report from Geoffrey York (Globe and Mail in Toronto).  The heading of the report was POLICE KILLED 65, INJURED 270 AT BARRICK MINE IN TANZANIA.

 A Tanzanian Government inquiry heard official complaints and evidence by our local Tanzania community representatives that police have killed 65 people and injured 270 during years of sporadic clashes with villagers at Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining owned North Mara gold mine.

These details of the fatalities, injuries, human rights crimes and more and  is the first official estimate of the scale of reported violence at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine, operated by Barrick’s daugher company,  Acacia Mining – otherwise known as African Barrick Gold.

The timing of this report from the Tanzanian Government inquiry might well have come at a very difficult time for the Acacia Mining management since within a matter of less than a week at the beginning of last month (September),  the number one man at North Mara mine, Mr. Gary Chapman, left the company and took a position with another mining company in Ghana.  Even more mysterious was the sudden disappearance of the number one Legal Counsel, Ms. Katrina White, who was based at Acacia Mining in London but was very well known as a regular visitor in Dar es Salaam and also a Director of the North Mara mine.

Acacia Mining made a weak attempt to respond to the Globe and Mail report in the Acacia website.  In fact, Acacia’s response gives rise to more questions than it gives answers regarding the human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Barrick Gold also published a response in the Barrick website to the same Globe and Mail report that “Police killed 65, injured 270 at Barrick mine in Tanzania“.

MiningWatch in Canada and RAID in the UK, together, point out that the Barrick Gold wrote in their response that they confirm and are aware of the violence at their Tanzanian North Mara mine – Barrick wrote:  ‘there have been confrontations with police resulting in deaths’.   We question Barrick’s “oh well” attitude and challenge them to take a more active and committed role since they are the majority and controlling shareholder in this Acacia Mining gold mine.

More hurtful and damaging is that Acacia Mining’s attitude appears to write-off these terrible human right’s crimes at the North Mara mine to history – another “oh well, what’s past is past”.

In fact, both Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining should take huge steps, without financial limitations, to stand up tall in a brave way suited to the image of the world’s largest gold mining company, and answer for the recent human rights violations at their North Mara mine.

We wonder if Acacia are taking steps to clean up their house by ridding themselves of Gary Chapman and Katrina White?

Best regards

Samantha Cole
https://tanzaniabusinessethics.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/sam.cole.ethics

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