Is Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining about to STING President Magufuli & the Tanzania Nation?

By Samantha Cole of Tanzania Business Ethics

CHUI HAGEUKI MADOADOA !!

Dear Hon. President Magufuli

Last week, after the President’s meeting with John Thornton, we wrote a letter to you that we believe there is another agenda to Barrick’s sudden and urgent need to meet the President. We wrote Chui hageuki madoadoa – A leopard cannot change its spots and according to the media reports over the past few days, we see how correct we are about these Canadian and British millionaire businessmen.

Only five days ago, the following words from the Hon. President were quoted in the media worldwide:
If they (Acacia Mining) accept that they stole from us and seek forgiveness in front of God and the angels and all Tanzanians and enter into negotiations, we are ready to do business.” Even as Thornton flew across the world in his private jet, he could have thought long and hard about the Hon. Presidents words about the need to accept the theft and to seek forgiveness. We believe there was only one thought in Thornton’s head – to put on the best show for the world media so the company shares turn around and go up and the stock exchange analysts start looking positively again on Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining.

Thornton’s comments in his press release after meeting the President was telling us they will look at every claim of our Presidents two Committee reports and they discuss one claim after the next. He promised NOTHING else.
Mr. President, CHUI HAGEUKI MADOADOA and they will fight us and argue and dispute and use their media power to fight Tanzania. We can already see their arrogance and aggression in the media this weekend.

Please look at how they feed “The Economist” in London with lies and terrible insults about the Hon. President. And such insults not even 48 hours after the Barrick boss was hosted so warmly and elegantly by the Hon. President.
Is this the way they demonstrate “… accept that they stole from us and seek forgiveness in front of God and the angels… “?

The Economist in London wrote that the Hon. Presidents gesture to Thornton “could hardly have been more fork-tongued.” What a disgusting insult to the Hon. President!
Google defines “fork-tongue” as: to deliberately say one thing and mean another or, to be hypocritical, or act in a duplicitous (two-faced) manner. 
Mr. President, do those people have no shame as to be so insulting? The Economist goes on to describe Tanzania as having “… initially wooed (Barrick) into the country by generous tax concessions.” As if to say there was no gold here and let’s not talk about the hundreds of millions (billions?) of US Dollars of dividends to overseas shareholders whilst they defraud our country of the little export royalty that should be paid. Thornton received warm hospitality from the Presidency and they feed these lies to the media? If anyone here is two-faced, it is Barrick – Acacia!

Even worse, Mr. President, please look at what Brad Gordon, CEO of Acacia Mining said in a telephone interview with MiningMx (a South African media company) the day after Thornton’s meeting with the Hon. President:
Brad Gordon rejected the claims made in a report by Bloomberg – that Barrick is ready “to pay all the money it’s expected to pay Tanzania”. Who is fork-tongued?
Also, Gordon said negotiations had yet to begin and the negotiating teams from both sides had yet to be appointed. So we see again (same as I wrote last week – they will continue to fight and dispute).
Also, Gordon said Acacia’s response to these assessments and allegations had not changed from the statement issued on June 12 in which Acacia said: “Acacia strongly refutes these new unfounded allegations. We have always conducted our business to the highest standards and operated in full compliance with Tanzanian law.” Who is fork-tongued? Barrick boss comes supposedly with one agenda (which is a lie anyway) and the Acacia boss has another agenda with no shame at all.
Finally, Gordon said “John Thornton wanted to experience the situation on the ground for himself and that’s why he was in the country.” Thornton did not come to Tanzania to fix the situation. He came to fix and boost their share prices!

Mr. President, Tanzanian’s were shocked on Wednesday after the meeting with Thornton when Mr. Ian Myles, Canada’s High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam said to reporters (on the video):
Canada is very proud that it expects all its companies to respect the highest standards, fairness and respect for laws and corporate social responsibility. We know that Barrick is very much committed to those values.
It is so insulting that these Canadians and British still think they can trick us with their fancy nonsense “spin” politics and dishonesty. What values is Barrick committed to? Have our nation not witnessed with our own eyes killings? rape? arson and burning our homes? destruction to our environment? poison in our water? corruption? fraud? hundreds of legal cases with local Tanzanian companies who are abused, bullied and suffer? and the list goes on. What “values” is Ambassador Myles boasting about? How dishonest and unethical to stand there and lie about values. He should rather say NOTHING because every country where Barrick operates has a long, long list of illegal activities and crimes.

Chui hageuki madoadoa – A leopard cannot change its spots. 

The Tanzania People are behind you, Mr. President. Barrick will arrive with the most expensive specialists and lawyers and accountants that money can buy. Their intention and focus will be to belittle our two President’s Committee who prepared the two mineral reports. We trust that the Hon. President will prepare to have a Team of similar standing, experience and know-how, to oppose these Godless, shameless Canadians and British who have little or no values, standards, fairness nor respect for laws and corporate social responsibility.

May God bless our President with wisdom and understanding to see through these vicious business people who prey on our land, on our minerals and on our People.
Amen.

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Does President Magufuli stand alone against Barrick Gold & Acacia Mining?

Yesterday, very quietly, the big boss of Barrick Gold, 64% owners of Barrick Gold, arrived in Tanzania in a private jet for a meeting at President Magufuli’s offices.

Prof. John Thornton, the Chairman and No. 1 boss of Barrick Gold, finally came to face the President. Obviously, the Acacia Mining crisis was getting too big and their shares had toppled about 40% recently over the crisis. Enough is enough and the big boss took over from the lower management who were making more of a mess than anything else.

To support Prof. Thornton, he brought Mr. Ian Myles, Canada’s High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam. So, the “big guns” came to face the music.

Our President, Dr. Magufuli, rose to the occasion like the professional that he is! He received the Canadian’s with Tanzanian warm hospitality and honour. Their discussions were briefly outlined in their video clip below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rndWYbeqU&feature=youtu.be

(Swahili before English)

The Barrick boss was happy to talk about the solutions that will be “win-win” – win for Tanzania and win for Barrick – Acacia mining.

Before we focus on these “win-win” solutions, we should first look at how our President has managed this Acacia Mining crisis over the past few months.

It has been written in the media that some of the finest characteristics of Madiba Nelson Mandela were: Defiance, Humility, Forgiveness, Determination, Sense of humor.

The Tanzanian nation are truly privileged and blessed to be seeing these same characteristics in our leader, Dr. John P. Magufuli.
And we see them right here, in the Acacia Mining crisis.

Our President became our Number 1 activist against the Number 1 cancer in our society – corruptionand fraud in Tanzania. He demonstrated his defiance of this cancer and his policies and actions demonstrate this. He never bowed to the pressure from our Bunge (parliament) lobbyists supporting Acacia Mining and the international pressure from all over the financial world, he never withdrew his beliefs – even to the point of dismissing his close friend, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo who was Minister of Mines until this crisis “exploded”.
Despite harsh criticism from many angles, he stood his ground and followed what he believes – all for the good of our Country and our People.

The President’s ability to stand up to such huge pressure and to demonstrate defiance against corruption and fraud and his determination to fight this cancer in Tanzania, places him high up amongst the great leaders in modern history.

Yesterday especially, the world witnessed President Magufuli’s characteristics of humility and forgiveness in the wonderful manner in which he received the boss of Barrick Gold. After such revelations as we have all seen about Acacia Mining over the past few weeks, the President was still able to sit with Prof. Thornton and discuss solutions for the greater good of Tanzania.
Finally, as we all see in the video clip, our President’s sense of humor can be seen through his smile and ease of company in hosting Prof. Thornton.

President Magufuli, Tanzania is right behind you all the way! You are an example to to other leaders worldwide.

Now we return to these “win-win” solutions that the Barrick Gold boss spoke about in his announcement yesterday.

After we saw the video clip yesterday, our group started to contact a number of analysts and journalists to ask their opinions about this sudden development after the “volcano” caused by the two reports from the President’s Committees. It is obvious to everyone we asked that Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining have an agenda or strategy is suddenly sending the big boss to meet our President.

So, the general opinion from the analysts and journalists is definite caution and concern. And when they explain why, we understand why there is reason for worry. We will explain some of the facts here:

In the past few months, Acacia Mining has only argued and conflicted every step of the way with the authorities in Tanzania as regards the declarations of mineral ore exported. There was absolutely no sign of cooperation or negotiation or compromise or settlement. Instead, they insisted everyone else was mistaken and only they were correct. Even after the two reports from the President’s Committees were exposed, Acacia fought back and they demanded neutral, independent re-evaluation of the testings that the two Presidents Committee’s had undertaken. As is the style of Acacia, they write in their media reports on their website that they are committed to dialogue with our Government but their approach and attitude as can be seen in the media is generally the opposite of the will for dialogue.

Journalists pointed out yesterday that they recognize the real agenda of Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining as a play in the stock exchange and the way to boost their share values. They correctly point out that if we look at the Acacia Mining threats over the past few months to close Buzwagi mine and then later to close Bulyanhulu mine, we see that these threats are quite the opposite of the media releases on the Acacia website. How can Acacia state in the media that they are closing their mines but in their website, the place where their shareholders and stock brokers access media releases, they write “Acacia would like to confirm that it is continuing to operate all three of its mines in Tanzania, namely Bulyanhulu, Buzwagi and North Mara.”

Everyone agrees these threats to close the mines were aimed at our President. And they want to have dialogue on the back of threats?

No, say the analysts, this agenda that we see from the Barrick Gold boss who arrived so suddenly and so quietly in Tanzania, is probably more about boosting the value of Acacia Mining shares than looking for solutions. They continue and say that if we look at the share prices of Acacia Mining over the past three months, the trend is down, down, down but every time they make a media release about dialogue and hope, their share prices boost upwards. Similarly yesterday with the meeting with the President, the share boosted upwards after the meeting an deven today, they are still climbing.

So we see the “win-win” now is actually only a one sided win for Acacia.

Who is to say they will not walk into the first “solutions meeting” and demand international independent re-evaluation of all the work done by the two President’s Committees?
Let us not forget the Swahili proverb: Chui hageuki madoadoa – A leopard cannot change its spots. We are talking about Acacia Mining who was found guilty last year TWICE of tax evasion. They have been responsible in Tanzania for killings, for rape, for burning homes, for destruction to our environment, there are hundreds of legal cases with local Tanzanian companies who are abused and bullied commercially by Acacia, and the list goes on and on.

So, all we can do is hope that the Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining agenda is genuine and ethical and NOT another corporate trick to boost their shares and manipulate our President, our Government and the People of Tanzania.

ACACIA MINING IS NOT PERMITTED TO MINE IN TANZANIA.

FACT:
Refer to Acacia Mining website. In their media releases aimed at their shareholders, stakeholders, stock brokers and the public, they write:

“…. We would also like to confirm that these mines are all owned and operated by companies that are legally incorporated and registered in Tanzania: Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Limited, Pangea Minerals Limited and North Mara Gold Mine Limited, which are the special mining licence holders for each of the respective mines. These companies are indirectly owned by Acacia Mining plc which is a UK incorporated and registered company. This corporate structure is fully transparent, lawful…”

FACT:
Acacia Mining Plc is a non-existing entity as it was yet to be registered.

The Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) is an Executive Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade responsible for business administration and regulation of the laws; namely Companies Registration, Business Names Registration, Trade and Service Marks Registration, granting of Patents and issuing of Industrial License.

Refer to the Daily News newspaper on June 14, 2017:

BRELA Chief Executive Officer, Frank Kanyusi said the mining company had on May 4 written a letter to the authority requesting for change of the company’s name which was received on May 8, when the President had already appointed an eight-member probe team led by a Professor of Economics, Nehemiah Osoro.

He said the authority responded that it was working on the request, but was surprised to see the request coming after the probe team was named by the President. He admitted that the dates were confusing but the authority wrote another letter to the mining company that had corrected the earlier mistakes.

Mr Kanyusi however said it was true that Acacia Mining Plc was a non-existing entity as it was yet to be registered. Presenting the Committee report findings on Monday, the Chairman of the probe team said inquiries by the team revealed that Acacia Mining Plc has been operating in the country for 19 years without any legal registration or certificate of compliance.

Prof Osoro, said the documents obtained from BRELA indicated that the company doesn’t have permission to conduct mineral activities and business in Tanzania. The Committee revealed that Acacia had under-declared revenues and tax payments over a number of years, occasioning loss to the government of over 380 trillion/-.

Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining are people who believe they can come when they want, go when they want, control what they want. Can someone tell them that colonialism is finished long time ago?
We, the People of Tanzania, fully rely on our President, Dr. John P. Magufuli to bring order and prosperity to our Country.

CAN TANZANIA & ACACIA MINING / BARRICK GOLD REACH SOLUTIONS ?

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT J.P. MAGUFULI

CAN TANZANIA & ACACIA MINING / BARRICK REACH SOLUTIONS WHEN ACACIA’S MAIN P.R. SUPPORT PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED AROUND THE WORLD AS CORRUPT, FRAUDS, FAKE-NEWS AND WORSE?

Dear Hon. Dr. Magufuli

We all in Tanzania stand behind you to bring solutions to the crisis of Acacia Mining and their threats to close their mines (which very few believe) due to their fraudulent and dishonest exports of the mineral gold ore from their mines.  On the one hand, Acacia Mining should be strongly forced to pay penalties and back taxes and export royalties for the decades that they exported the mineral ore.  On the other hand, we care about our People and want companies to succeed and give our workers jobs and contribute to our communities.   This is a very difficult and delicate situation and Tanzanian’s would not want anyone one else to bring solutions except for you, Mr. President.

It is very disturbing that Acacia Mining’s public announcements even in their website, are all including their Public Relations and Media advisors, Bell Pottinger.

Mr. President, earlier this year, when Acacia were advertising around the world that they are discussing a merger with Endeavour Mining, we wrote to you with factual research about Endeavour Mining and their owners and their top management.  Praise the Lord for Tanzania that Endeavour did not proceed with the merger.

Now, we have another situation of better the devil we know than the devil we don’t know.  This Bell Pottinger company from London, UK, has been referred to in the media as “The Devil’s representative worldwide.”  Truly frightening words for us in Tanzania.  And they sit side by side with Acacia Mining and Bell Pottinger even sign Acacia’s announcements, including their contact details!

SO WHY ARE ACACIA’S ADVISORS REFERRED TO AS “THE DEVIL’S REPRESENTATIVE…”?

Following are only some of the research found in the internet.  There is much more:

Media reports openly state that Bell Pottinger (BellP) are/were consultants and/or advisors for the dictators of Chile, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Belarus, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria.  If that is not enough, BellP also work for the polluting oil company, Trafigura and, most recently, the fracking company (underground gas & oil exploration that is proven to destroy the environment), Cuadrilla Resources.

Mr. President, if the above is not bad enough, BellP are deeply linked to the corruption, fraud and protection of the Gupta-Jacob Zuma financial scandals that are tearing South Africa apart.  It is published that the Gupta’s were paying BellP over US$125,000 every month to support and cover up what Gupta’s and Zuma were doing in South Africa.

One must wonder (and worry) about the US$460 million that Jacob Zuma deposited in Dubai last month (from the Gupta’s).  And BellP were there all along supporting the corruption and fraudulent operations.

A Radio station in South Africa reported on their website that Victoria Geoghegan, a partner at London-based BellP, has made it her business to undo the work of NELSON MANDELA, DESMOND TUTU and other freedom struggle supporters who built up South Africa following decades of conflict and hardship in the apartheid era.
“Madiba” Mandela, Tokyo Sexwale, Ahmed Kathrada and many other anti-apartheid activists sacrificed the best years of their lives in jail hardships in order to deliver a better future to the oppressed black majority of South Africa.
It has taken only a few years for Victoria Geoghegan and BellP to help bring South Africa to its knees.

The Radio station’s website reports:
“There is no way to put it nicely: Victoria Geoghegan represents all that is rotten with the public relations industry and public companies fuelled by short-term shareholder greed. It is hard to imagine a more evil operation than Bell Pottinger.”

The Citizen media website (in South Africa) reported that BellP worked to divide Jacob Zuma’s opposition based upon racial lines.  This actively creates an even more violent society, especially at a time when it is difficult to separate fact from false news.

Biznews.com exposed last week that BellP was hired by the Gupta’s to organize a campaign to create the monster of white monopoly capital in South Africa.  Their strategy to highlight the beast of white monopoly capital in the media and at political rallies is designed to build animosity towards critics of President Zuma and his clique and shift blame for the country’s economic woes away from those in political control.

The Huffington Post questioned if BellP helped get rid of the ex-Minister, Pravin Gordhan? The report continues saying  BellP’s notorious black ops may have prepared the ground for the former finance minister’s axing in which the former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, was fired due to BellP’s fake news campaign?

According to South African lawyers, BellP was a key player in a conspiracy that distributed manufactured evidence to attack innocent parties. Among them the corruption allegations against former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

Mr. President, how can BellP be part of our future Acacia Mining solutions when they stand for the exact opposite of our new Tanzania?

Now we move to the USA:
In 2016, investigations revealed BellP was paid by the USA Pentagon around USA$540 million for top secret Iraq propaganda.   This included the creation of fake videos and other forms of propaganda to assist the US military and also to smoke out al Qaeda operatives.

Journalists from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism wrote:  “Bell Pottinger produced reams of material for the Pentagon, some of it going far beyond standard communications work”.

In the first media interview any BellP employee has given about the work for the US military in Iraq, video editor Martin Wells said his “time in Camp Victory (in Iraq) was shocking, eye-opening, life-changing.”

Now we move to the UK:
The Independent reported that Tim Fallon was exposed in a company expenses fraud at BAA.  On top of the fraud, Fallon was reported to have forged his boss’s signature!
The fraud involved expenses also relating to a general election campaign (for the British Parliament).  Later, Fallon became a director of Bell Pottinger.

In another report by The Independent, the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, attacked Bell Pottinger for ‘ethical blindness’.  BellP were caught and they admitted altering details of BellP’s clients’ reputations online.  It was reported that hundreds of entries on the Wikipedia site were changed by Bell Pottinger without the subjects’ knowledge.

The report said that the digital team at BellP used a number of false user-accounts to edit Wikipedia articles. Mr. Wales was quoted saying:  “I am astonished at the ethical blindness of Bell Pottinger’s reaction. That their strongest true response is they didn’t break the law tells a lot about their view of the world, I’m afraid.  The company (BellP) committed the cardinal sin of a PR and lobbying company of having their own bad behaviour bring bad headlines to their clients, [and] did so in a fashion that brought no corresponding benefits.”

Still in the UK, The Independent exposed the scandal that BellP senior executives were caught on camera boasting how they influence the British Prime Minister.  The BellP executves were secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the “dark arts” to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion.

An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent, taped the senior executives at BellP.

Mr. President, how can BellP be part of our future Acacia Mining solutions when they stand for the exact opposite of our new Tanzania?

Now we move to Malaysia:
Media reports openly exposed Taib Mahmud, the Governor/Chief Minister of Sarawak state in Malaysia for hiring BellP to falsely and illegally alter Wikipedia entries about themselves, their companies, Sarawak state and many others.

The false changes that BellP arranged for Taib included for himself, Sean Murray (Taib’s son-in-law), Ridgeford Properties (the Taib family company in the UK), Christopher Murray (Sean’s cousin and the Director of Ridgeford Properties), Sakto (the Taib family company in Canada), Sarawak (which Taib largely owns in Malaysia) and Clare Rewcastle Brown, (ex-UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown), editors of blogs, Radio Stations, and more.

Controversies of corruption and fraud followed Taib for decades that he was Governor of Sarawak state.  BellP was there to support him.

Now we move to Serbia:
The Open Source Investigations website exposed that BellP was linked to Serbia Prime Minister Vučić who was caught for corruption – he illegally used public funds for political campaign.

BellP was exposed of “cleaning” the PM’s profile on the internet.
Then the Serbian government lied when it denied being the BellP’s client.
The fact is that BellP is working for and supporting Serbia PM Vučić’s dictatorial regime.

Now we move to Malawi:
The Nyasa Times revealed that ex-President Joyce Banda committed Malawi illegally into an arms deal with the South African arms dealer, Paramount Group.  They are reported as having purchased patrol boats for Lake Malawi.  The whole deal with Paramount Group was corrupt and illegal.  Later, it was reported that the President even bypassed the Ministry of Finance and even concealed even from the Malawi parliament!
The Mail & Guardian reported that the purchase was not even passed by government’s procurement committee.

Even worse, it is estimated that up to US$250 million may have been lost through allegedly fraudulent payments to businessmen for services that were not rendered.  Reports exposed that computer records of some transactions carried out between July and September 2013 were deleted.

Another corruption scandal was the exposure of the Malawi Presidential private jet that President Banda sold to a Paramount Group off-shore company and yet, President Banda had free unlimited use of the jet!

Reports stated openly President Banda realized that her time in the presidential seat may soon come to an end, so she followed the footsteps of other corrupt African leaders and stole from her country.  And there was BellP to support her, to guide her, to help her and to “polish her image”.  The London-based Daily Telegraph reported that payments for BellP’s services came in a round-about way from Paramount Group – in other words, payment for these patrol boats included payment for BellP’s services.

Is it a surprise that BellP sign off on media announcements of Paramount Group – without any shame of including their name and contact details?  The deeper one digs, the more the story smells – and BellP was there, all the way!

Now we move to Panama:
Last year, The Star website exposed Victor Dahdaleh, British-Canadian billionaire as the  “mysterious middleman in corruption schemes that enriched himself with US$ 400 million and he paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) linked Dahdaleh to Alcoa, one of the world’s largest aluminum companies.   In 2014, Alcoa was forced to plead guilty in the corruption for paying “millions of dollars in bribes through an international middleman” in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  That middleman was Dahdaleh.

In addition to the DOJ guilty verdict, Alcoa also settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was slammed with one of the largest anti-corruption fines ever — US$ 384 million.  In a plea agreement with the SEC, Alcoa admitted its involvement in the corruption scheme which “facilitated at least $110 million in corrupt payments to Bahraini officials” – of course through Dahdelah.
And who was there to support and assist Dahdelah through the crisis?  None other than BellP.

Besides the above disgusting, corrupt, illegal and unethical story, it is no surprise that Dahdaleh and Peter Munk, ex-owner of Barrick Gold feature together in a multitude of media reports over the years.  Who can argue that “birds of a feather flock together”.

Now we move to Sri Lanka:
The Sri Lanka Civil War was about 3 decades long, it was cruel, fierce and unbearable by any means and independent reports estimated the number of civilian’s dead exceeded 100,000.
The Washington Post reported that President Mahinda Rajapaksa took the war to the opposition with unprecedented ruthlessness and single-mindedness.  The campaign, referred to as “scorched-earth” cost tens of thousands of lives.
A U.N. report called for an investigation into war crimes by both sides, accusing the Sri Lankan military of indiscriminate shelling and denying civilians access to humanitarian aid.

The Colombo Telegraph exposed the direct involvement of BellP in President Rajapaksa’s office.  “Senior executives at Bell Pottinger told undercover reporters that they were so influential (with the President) that they had written a key speech given by the Sri Lankan President to the United Nations” The Independent says.
David Wilson, ex-BellP Managing Director, was quoted as saying “We had a team working in the President’s office. We wrote the President’s speech to the UN…..”
Why are BellP so proud to be advisors to dictators and cruel regimes?

Mr. President, how can BellP be part of our future Acacia Mining solutions when they stand for the exact opposite of our new Tanzania?

Now we move closer to home, to the Dem. Republic of Congo (DRC):
Soco International, one of the UK’s 200 largest public companies, is a British oil company.
Global Witness exposed Soco International making illegal payments to DRC rebels and a local MP for lobbying in its favour. Also, Soco appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo, as they sought access to Africa’s oldest national park for oil exploration.  Bribery and corruption at its best!
Activists and park rangers opposing Soco’s oil exploration in the DRC National Park have been badly beaten.  Human rights crimes!

If a picture says a thousand words, this video on YouTube says a million words – exposing Soco bribes and corruption in the DRC.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXVaIkKFjxY

Is it a surprise that BellP sign off on media announcements of Soco International – without any shame of including their name and contact details?  Where you find bribery, corruption, fraud… you find BellP there, all the way!

Now we move to Syria:
The Syrian civil war conflict is now over six years old.  The website, www.iamsyria.org, reports the death count in Syria as 470,000 of which 55,000 are children.  Do we have to say another word about the President Dictator Assad regime?  No words can describe such a tragedy and loss of humanity in every sense of the word.

The Independent reported that BellP worked for Assad’s wife, Asma, to create “a friendlier image of the Assad family”.  Only God knows how that would be possible but BellP took the job.  After all, why not – the Assad regime is similar to their other clients?

Now we move to Uzbekistan:
The media is full of reports that President Dictator Islam Karimov who held power from 1991 until his death last year, was amongst the worst dictators in modern day history.  Karimov was responsible for killings, human rights violations and child labour.

And BellP was right there, without any shame, to support and assist the Uzbek government.  The annual fee offered by the Uzbek officials to BellP was about £1 million (in those years, that was equal to US$ 1,5 million).  BellP was willing and ready to work for that sick regime!

Now we move to Ivory Coast:
Trafigura is a UK company and oil trader. Trafigura planned and carried out the dumping of hundreds of tons of toxic oil waste in a densely populated area of the Ivory Coast, with devastating effects. It was almost immediately called one of the worst pollution disasters in recent history. Any journalist who tried to report this was gagged using legal threats and demands for the correction and removal of media articles and programmes.

Thousands of West Africans were hospitalized and many died. Of course, the UK executives at Trafigura publicly claimed the dumped toxic oil waste was “harmless”.  Official local autopsy reports on 12 alleged victims showed fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide (that was one of the lethal byproducts in the toxic oil waste.  Greenpeace and Amnesty International launched a legal action in Amsterdam against Trafigura, calling for the oil firm to be prosecuted there for homicide or grievous bodily harm. It said: “This intentional pollution … has caused many people to suffer serious injuries and has even led to death.”

British lawyers, representing 31,000 Africans, started legal action against Trafigura.  But we know (even here in Tanzania) British companies have deep pockets for long, long legal battles.  Trafigura fought in the courts for 3 years.  The Guardian reported, after three years of fighting in court, that dozens of damning internal Trafigura emails were exposed and revealed how the London-based company employers were told in advance that their planned chemical operation, a cheap and dirty process called “caustic washing”, generated such dangerous wastes, it was widely outlawed.  Even Claude Dauphin, the managing director, was pre-warned by the London manager, Naeem Ahmed, at that time.
But Trafigura still proceeded with their fatal plans that would destroy tens of thousands of families and so much of West Africa’s marine environment.

Finally, after 3 years of legal battle, and exposure of the internal emails, Trafigura eventually paid out damages of more than £100 million (at that time, approx US$ 150 millon).
And BellP was right there, without any shame, to support and assist Trafigura.

Mr. President, how can BellP be part of our future Acacia Mining solutions when they stand for the exact opposite of our new Tanzania?

The list goes on and on.  Same pattern, different country, same BellP scenario.

One could argue that Bell Pottinger is not doing anything illegal.  The fact that they are being paid to “protect” and “support” those who are acting illegally, what does that tell us?  They are side by side with Acacia Mining.  How can we find solutions when the clouds of crime against human rights, illegal dealings, bribery, corruption, dishonesty, immorality and total lack of ethics, all hang over Acacia Mining with these Bell Pottinger people right there ?

Maybe the cherry on the top of the cake is the knowledge that Acacia Mining’s UK lawyers, Quinn & Emanuel, they are the same lawyers that sent us the threaten letter, they are listed in multiple media reports that they ALSO are linked to working with Bell Pottinger.  Some might ask if this whole collection of people/companies is one big collection of toxic waste?

May God bless you and grant you wisdom and understanding for your loyal and dedicated work that you do for our country.

May God bless Tanzania and all our Nation.

Samantha Cole

 

Time for Resignations at Acacia Mining & Barrick Gold

Acacia Mining – Fraud, Criminal Dealings & Deception in President Magufuli’s Face.
Time for resignations at Acacia Mining & Barrick Gold

An open and public letter to Barrick Gold Chairman, John L. Thornton

Dear Mr Thornton

We, the simple Tanzanian volunteers against corruption and fraud, wrote quite a few emails to you, to Kelvin Dushnisky, Brad Gordon & other senior directors and managers,
about the mess you and your company are making in our country.

You preferred to block our emails “as spam” because it did not suit you, White money-people, to hear the truth from simple Black non-money people.
Instead you sent security investigators to find us and when that failed, you sent super-expensive lawyers to threaten our group, and our families and also to threaten and intimidate the media companies who chose to allow us freedom of speech and expression.   Did you know there is no more Colonialism in Africa (or anywhere else for that matter?)

We, the simple Tanzanian’s, emailed you numerous times requesting – almost begging you – to clean up the mess of your company’s activities here, but you took no notice. Now you see how things have gone from BAD to WORSE for you all, because you have the WRONG Barrick-Acacia people working here in your local offices. These Barrick-Acacia people continue to try manipulate and behave all wrongly in the face of our new President, Dr. Magufuli.
These Barrick-Acacia think that they can “play the same games” and “pull the same tricks” and “make the same arrangements” that they did in the 1990’s and during the past 15 years until President Magufuli took office.

Just look at the terrible state of your companies here.  There are public charges of corruption, fraud, tax evasion, price transferring, falsifying export documentation – and no-one has forgotten the crimes of rape, murder, arson, environmental devastation and poisoning our rivers and water sources.  If all these charges are not enough, last week, a Presidential Commission returned their findings to our President – Acacia is GUILTY!

Yes, you all (top management at Acacia Mining and Barrick Gold) are all GUILTY of the crime of under-invoicing and deliberately manipulating and under-stating values whereby cheating our country from the export royalties that should rightfully be paid.

If you ask your lawyers they will confirm that in our country, these are crimes punishable with JAIL sentences.

Our President demands the resignations of his key people who fail him. You can learn from President Magufuli and demand the resignations of Kelvin Dushnisky, Brad Gordon & other senior directors and managers in Acacia Mining for their total failure to manage Acacia Mining ethically, morally and compliance to the laws of the land.
In addition, their resignations should be demanded for the guilty verdicts (twice) of tax evasion last year and even more so, the fact that last week, they have been caught under-invoicing exports, price transferring, false declarations of exports and should we include money laundering as well?

The question is if you have the courage and resolution that our President has, to demand the resignations from Mr Dushnisky, Mr Gordon, Deo Mwanyika, Charlie Ritchie and others responsible for the illegal activities in our country!  They can all run but they cannot hide!

Do you have any idea how much money you owe Tanzania from unpaid (deliberately) export tax royalties?  What about company taxes for real profits not declared (whilst you pay hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends overseas?  More crimes punishable with JAIL sentences.)

Your lies, deception, double standards and falsehoods late last year and early this year were directed mainly to romance Endeavour Mining to merge with Acacia Mining. Thank God for Tanzania that the merger failed.  We certainly don’t need Endeavour Mining management people here in our country!  But that’s old news and we prefer look forward.
It is no secret that for over a year Barrick Gold have been trying so hard to sell off its daughter company, Acacia Mining, but there have been no takers.  No other company in the world has been even vaguely interested in Acacia Mining – not because of the production but because of the terrible problems and scandals that surround Acacia Mining in Tanzania.  Now, Acacia’s complications are even worse!


Do you really think our President is worried about YOUR regular threats to close Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu mines?

Do you really think our President is worried about YOUR carefully initiated media reports in the overseas media referring to our President’s actions as:

     “….. thanks to Government incompetence”
     “…… everything to get back to normal in the next few months, once Tanzania 
              realizes its mistake.”
     “why the claims of government of Tanzania simply can’t be right”

And many more….
How dare you insult our President and his Government when you are blatantly operating so illegally?

Mr. Gordon lied in the media trying to deceive Endeavour Mining regarding the extension of Buzwagi mine.  Did he really think that Endeavour would not do their own due diligence and be tricked into believing Mr. Gordon?

More deception and lies directed as a threat to our President was published just two weeks ago in the local media where your Buzwagi Mine general manager Stewart Hamilton said that Acacia will stop the mining activities in December 2017 while other plant processes will cease in 2020.  He was quoted, “According to our plan on the closure of Buzwagi Mine, we have decided to reduce the number of our manpower by 100 as an initial stage of the total closure in 2020”.

Mr. Thornton, just who are you trying to fool?
Your own people in the Acacia Mining offices who are so unhappy with your existing management are volunteering to assist our group with real information because they know the truth and the harm you are bringing on our country.  They told us your publicised plans make no mining sense at all!! 

Should we, “simple Black people” teach you, rich sophisticated White people, how to behave and operate with integrity and morality?
Mr Dushnisky, Mr Gordon and others from the UK and Canada will not step a foot into Dar es Salaam because they KNOW their crimes and they KNOW they will be prosecuted, even with their high-price lawyers fighting their battles.

We all know that its only a matter of time before Deo Mwanyika is called in by the Police and/or PCCB.
We all know how well you will create a “story” about this mess for your shareholders.  As our British boss always says:  You can fool some of the people all of the time.

Tanzanian’s are culturally peace loving people.  You cannot undo the past; you can pay for past mistakes and you can ensure the future is better.  However, for this, you need a clean broom.  A broom not associated with the corruption, fraud and commercial cancer from the past.  A new broom that you need to select and activate to start sweeping up the mess.  A new broom with a big budget and a clear, honest vision for the future. 

Yours sincerely

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