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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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

 

ACACIA MINING SHOULD BE MORE TRANSPARENT TO TANZANIANS

TANZANIA ORDERS AUDIT OF MINING COMPANIES’ EARNINGS OVER TAXES

Dar res Salaam, Tanzania – 30th March, 2017:

A stop order issued by Tanzania Government on March 3rd 2017 barring mining companies to export copper concentrates for smelting outside the country has significantly exposed Acacia, which exports the stuff from Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu mining projects.
 
Acacia statement opens a can of worms.

On March 15th 2017 Acacia Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brad Gordon responded officially pertaining to the Government order. The CEO is quoted expressing jittery for Acacia incurring loss of US$17 million (Tzs. 37 billion) in just two weeks of executing Government stop order. 

He is concerned if the stop order is maintained Acacia may fail to continue running operations because export of copper concentrates accounts for 50 percent of Acacia earnings from Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu mining projects. 

This statement exposes the vital information not previously disclosed to Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI). Actually, it opens a can of worms. Acacia is TEITI member with obligation to correctly disclose material production and Government payments information pertaining to its mining operations in Tanzania.
 
But reading Acacia statement we note the implication that Acacia had since TEITI launch (2009) disclosed only half the production and payments value data from Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu mining projects. 

And this sends bad signal to TEITI because it discounts material information and data compiled and published in the successive annual reports since 2011. 

The credibility of TEITI reports’ data and integrity of entire EITI work in Tanzania is exposed to irreparable risk if corrective remedies are not done in real time. Acacia has the obligation and should therefore come out immediately to patch up the anomaly.   
 
Acacia statement exposes a gap in the TEITI reports.

The quantity of gold or money value declared as having been produced or earned by Acacia and therefore payments made to government in the form of royalties, taxes, fees, levies, duties and statutory contributions should be correctly captured and documented in the TEITI reports. 

However, that may not be the case when we evaluate inherent logic exposed by Acacia statement. The payment data documented in the TEITI reports from Pangea Minerals Ltd (Buzwagi) and Bulyanhulu only present half the story. 

None of the six TEITI reports (2008/09 – 2013/14), has documented either quantity or value of copper concentrates, which according to Acacia, account for 50 percent of Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi revenue combined.
The documented evidence available at TEITI indicates during the 2012/13 fiscal year:
Pangea Minerals Ltd (Buzwagi goldmine) produced 205,240 ounces of gold worth Tzs. 520.9 billion (US$328,025,425)
Bulyanhulu goldmine produced 197,571 ounces of gold worth Tzs. 477.1 billion (US$300,413,402)
(TEITI Report 5th, 2015:11). 

Again, the data documented during the subsequent fiscal year show no difference. Bulyanhulu is recorded to have produced 192,550 ounces of gold worth Tzs. 430.5 billion (US$265,884,907) while Pangea Minerals (Buzwagi) produced 198,995 ounces of gold worth Tzs. 384,539,239,000 (US$237,516,516) (TEITI Report 6th, 2015:10). 

Not only are the quantity and value of copper concentrates exported from Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu missing from the duo fiscal years’ TEITI reports, but also are entirely not documented in the previous four reports.
 
There is one more controversial issue, which previously, Acacia hadn’t disclosed yet, but it is implied in the statement. The statement underscores that Acacia exports (sells) copper concentrates to foreign buyers rather than sending the stuff for smelting outside the country where appropriate technology is available. 

This means the ownership title of copper concentrates changes from Acacia to a foreign buyer immediately the stuffs are exported. This notion is new to Tanzanians, who hitherto held common knowledge that Acacia sends copper concentrates to foreign countries with appropriate technology for smelting the stuff, which whatsoever, wouldn’t involve ownership title transfer from Acacia to a foreign entity. 

That being the case, Acacia would be expected to report such significant transaction to TEITI because copper concentrates and gold are materially different. The local media quoting persons involved in the export of copper concentrates from the Tanzania Mineral Audit Agency (TMAA), Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and Acacia officials estimate 50,000 [8ft (2.43m) x 8.5ft (2.59m) x 40ft (12.2m)] containers of copper concentrates have had been shipped annually.    
 
Our Position and recommendations
The Coalition of Tanzania Civil Society Members of global EITI Association (TEICS) considers the amount of money raised from export of copper concentrate but Acacia hadn’t reported to TEITI for public scrutiny is significant enough to alter both TEITI reports and Government records of payment received from Acacia. 

Disclosure of these payments is even more urgent than ever considering Acacia nonpayment of Corporate Income Tax (CIT) since the company started (1998) operating in Tanzania up to 2016, on the ground that the company is still recuperating losses incurred during the investment startup phase.
         
We, TEICS, recommend and call upon:-
 
1.     That Acacia should disclose all details related to quantity and proceeds obtained from exports of copper concentrates since 2001 to 2017. Data presentation should comply with the EITI recommended pattern of data disaggregation – project by project and year by year – to allow and facilitate ease use by TEITI and Government.

2.     That TETI Committee should immediately start retrospective review and upscale all previous TEITI reports’ data to accommodate significant material information disclosed by Acacia reflecting proceeds from annual exports of copper concentrates.
 
3.     That the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania should assume leadership to evaluate the Mineral Development Agreement (MDAs) entered with Acacia to establish parties’ consistency and compliance with agreed terms therein, and thereafter, in consultation with Acacia, correct inconsistencies in the MDAs, if any, and ensure Acacia repays all the unpaid royalties, taxes, fees, levies, duties and statutory contributions resulting from exports of copper concentrates for entire period effectively from 2001 to 2017.    
 
4.     That the media should follow up and report to public about the actions taken by Acacia, TEITI Committee and the Government to correct the anomaly caused by Acacia not disclosing copper concentrates export business to TEITI and Government.
  
Issued and signed on behalf of TEICS members today, 30th March 2017.

Found on Issa Michuzi site and presented here by Samantha Cole of Tanzania Business Ethics.

Report to President Dr. John P. Magufuli about the threat letter from Acacia Mining

 

Dear Dr. Magufuli

The following is an extract of the threat letter that was received from Acacia Mining lawyers in London called Quinn Emanual.

The Company is acutely aware of the importance of developing its assets in a responsible manner to aid in the development of Tanzania and of its local communities who benefit from its operations. This has included over $35 million of direct investments into the Company’s local communities over the past three years.

The Company requires its directors, officers and employees to conduct their affairs to the highest possible ethical standards and to operate at all limes in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

In short, Acacia is proud of its very substantial economic and human investment in and contributions to Tanzania and its people, and wishes to develop its business lawfully in Tanzania to the benefit of all stakeholders and in close cooperation with the Government of Tanzania.

The damage you are causing to the Company’s business directly affects Tanzania, through harm to its reputation and impact to the Company’s taxation contributions to the Governments revenues and all of the Company’s other stakeholders, including its employees (most of whom are local Tanzanians), its local communities, and its shareholders.

In the event that you do not cease and desist, we are instructed to commence such proceedings as are necessary to seek disclosure of your identity, injunctive relief, damages for losses caused to our client and reimbursement of court costs and lawyer’s fees. Your liability and exposure under such legal action could be considerable.


The sadness in this threat letter is that these super-intelligent and high power millionaire lawyers sitting in their luxury offices in London don’t even know what their clients are doing in our country.  They prefer to receive instructions from rich clients like Acacia Mining and send threat letter to ladies who earn salaries a fraction of one percent of their fees to Acacia Mining and then threaten us that we will have to pay them for damages and losses to Acacia Mining reputation?  That is both funny and bizarre.

Last month around 13 January, The Guardian reported in their Tanzania ippmedia website an article with website heading:
POVERTY ABOUNDS VILLAGERS SHARING BORDERS BARRICK GROUP.
It is a very sad but real article about our “Mining Bad Boy”, Acacia Mining.  The article is written by another BRAVE journalist, Neema Mugheni.

As you can read online, Neema received some money from the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) which gave her the possibility to research and write the article.  Here are a few paragraphs of Neema’s article online:

For about a score (20) of years the mine has been in operation as the miners ferry whatever they mine abroad, leaving little and big caves in the country.

What has been worse is the pathetic situation of the villagers that surround the mine, who live in abject poverty, while many go without jobs, safe water, good schools and even proper medical care due to lack of well founded infrastructure.

The funny thing is that gold is gone and the residents still remain where they are. Many stories have been filed about this gold mine in northwestern Tanzania, and big international awards won from the reports, but life of the wananchi has littly changed.

One of the journalists who have filed reports on this lopsided state of affair is Neema Mugheni, a reporter with Kahama FM, a community media based in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region.

She did so after she received funds from the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) to enable her to probe the reasons behind the poverty engulfing the villagers bordering Africa’s biggest riches.

The TMF verifying team which visited the area found that during her assignment, she visited three villages namely MWIME, CHAPULWA and MWENDAKULIMA where she interviewed many villagers in the areas.

Among them were the ward council chairperson Emmanuel Pius, Kahama District Municipal Director Anderson Libumba, the District Commissioner, as well as the District Medical Officer at the health centre whose infrastructure, was at the time, in a very pathetic situation.    Areas of focus for her programmes were jobs, social services such as health, water supply as well as the infrastructure.

During her interviews, complaints were abound by residents, especially youth that they had no jobs. According to them, only a few lucky ones were employed as security guards.

During the interview, the Village Executive Officer Vicent Ndesekio that lack of pertinent skills was partly the reason why many residents in the area were going without jobs.

Samantha Cole did not write this article about the terrible POVERTY of our People around Acacia Mining.  But it is nothing new and our People are talking more and more about it in Tanzania.  They talk so much about it that Acacia Mining choose to pay US$ 2 million for TV and radio and newspapers to make adverts about how wonderful is Acacia Mining.

You see how poor is Acacia Mining’s opinion about Tanzanian’s that they think they can make national propaganda for US$ 2 million and that will fix the poverty of our communities? And the TV adverts will bring our People clean water? And will the newspaper adverts fix the damage to our environment?  President Magufuli, you have lead your Nation into a NEW Tanzania.  These Europeans are still living in the times of colonization.

With all their billions of Dollars, you would think they realize this mistake? 

President Magufuli, will these London high power lawyers also send to the Guardian and IPPMedia the same threat letters that they sent to AllAfrica.com?

And will our friend, Neema Mugheni also receive a threat letter like they sent to us?
And Emmanuel Pius, Anderson Libumba, Vicent Ndesekio and others who dare to tell the truth about the real situation around the gold mines?  Will they also receive a threat letter like they sent to us?  And how can Deo Mwanyika, Vice-President of Acacia Mining, look in the eyes of any Tanzanian and justify this terrible bullying and intimidation?

The threat letter they sent us states we are causing damage.

Who is responsible for all the problems of Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining?  Did Samantha Cole cause such problems?
Did we ask Barrick and Acacia to do tax evasion?
And they murder and rape our People?
And they denied that maybe as many as 52 of our people in 1996 were victims of forced evictions and BURIED ALIVE at the Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania?
The list goes on and on and on and on… these ‘innocent mining angels’ who wrote in their threat letter to me how WONDERFUL they are to our Nation BUT really, they are not and our People woke up and we all say :  TUMECHOKA 

That is what Samantha Cole is doing and Acacia Mining demand that we (all our group around the country) must stop OR ELSE they will start legal action and make me pay for the damages.

We wrote many times we need international companies here and we pleaded with Barrick Gold boss and Acacia Mining boss to work in Tanzania with a WIN-WIN relationship for our People.
That is the OPPOSITE of causing damages.  That is promoting cooperation.

On Friday (2 days ago), there was a report on the website of African Intelligence.  They wrote that the Minister of Mines in Kenya, Dan Kazungu, remains skeptical unconvinced about Acacia Mining in Kenya.

Africa is changing. The Nations are seeing the realities much more clear than before.

Facebook and social media is helping us to understand the problems better on a national level.

President Magufuli, what better way is there for the Wananchi (our Nation) to be a living part of the development of the NEW Tanzania if not through knowledge and understanding?
The Late Mwalimu, Julius Nyerere taught:
You cannot develop people. You must allow people to develop themselves.
This is what is happening in the NEW Tanzania and Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining cannot accept this.  And what will happen when they bring Endeavour Mining to their table as well?

Should our Nation be afraid?

No threat letters are necessary. No bullying and no intimidation.   No fear and no pressure.  God blessed our country with gold.  President Magufuli, we all remember your speech from June last year where you said it was better to stay with the country’s precious gems even for a thousand years, insisting that it was not a sin to leave the pits for the next generation.   Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining must thinking that you were making jokes because they don’t recognize your strategy at all.

Time is here and now for changes to make a WIN-WIN situation for the People of Tanzania and the mining companies.

Thank you

God bless you and our People and our Country.

CAN ALL MEDIA REPORTS IN THE WORLD BE WRONG ABOUT BARRICK GOLD & ACACIA MINING?

Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining sent a letter of threat to Samantha Cole and the Tanzania Business Ethics group.  They claim we are doing so much damage to their companies and to their reputations.  Who is responsible for Barrick and Acacia Mining’s crimes?
These threats to us are because of Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining desperately in need of the merger with Endeavour!
Yesterday we read in the Guardian media that Acacia Mining are suddenly meeting with the TRA about their tax evasion problems!  Why suddenly now?  Because it suits them to pay now because they need the merger. But they are in for a surprise!

An Open Letter to the President of Tanzania, Dr. J.P. Magufuli
Copies to Prime Ministers Theresa May, Justin Trudeau, Ministers, Ambassadors, Media reporters

Last year, we received other threats also so this new letter received from the “Mining Bad Boy’s” lawyers in England, Quinn Emmanual, is nothing new and does not scare us at all.

Our President and Chief Secretary support our hard research work and our focus to follow the examples of President Magufuli and his Government and their fight against corruption and fraud, will continue.

Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining use their huge power and money to bully and oppress small people.  They send strong lawyers from overseas to scare and intimidate in order to achieve their goals.

Can they scare ALL THE MEDIA WEBSITES & NEWSPAPERS IN THE WORLD?
Can they sue ALL THE MEDIA WEBSITES & NEWSPAPERS IN THE WORLD?
Is it possible that ALL THE MEDIA WEBSITES & NEWSPAPERS IN THE WORLD dreamed up all the murders and rapes and dishonesty and tax evasion and corruption and fraud and environment damage of Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining?

The answers to all these questions is NO!

Look at the facts:

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD MURDER, will find 332,000 links.  Yes, one third of a million links to Barrick Gold Murder!
Are the Quinn Emmanual lawyers sending them all threaten

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD RAPE will find 54,000 links.

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD TAX EVASION will find 46,000 links.

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD CORRUPTION will find 105,000 links.

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD FRAUD will find 93,000 links.

Anyone who will Google BARRICK GOLD ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION will find 96,000 links.

Are the Quinn Emmanuel lawyers sending them all threaten letters?

Did Samantha Cole cause these crimes of Barrick Gold?
Is Samantha Cole responsible for these crimes?

Can Samantha Cole write about these crimes in the social media and to our President Magufuli and other world leaders?  Why not?

Here are but a few examples out the hundreds of thousands of links:

http://www.earthrights.org        Worldwide
Reports about gang rapes of hundreds of local women and girls, systematic sexual violence, multiple killings, environment damage and, and, and……..

YouTube video of Peter Munk at the 2010 Barrick AGM – truly shocking!!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com    Canada
Reports about ethical mining policies, violence, pollution, sexual assault and, and, and…….. They also quoted Peter Munk that “gang rape” is a “cultural habit” ……
How many cultured people in the world will agree with that?

http://www.corpwatch.org        Worldwide
Reports of Barrick Gold avoiding responsibility for the destructive environment ….
…. aligning itself with corrupt politicians…….  employing police who violently suppress (and sometimes kill) mine critics    …….  rape, water depletion, heavy metal pollution, cyanide, and, and, and……….

http://www.watoday.com.au       Australia
Reported Barrick pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a working environment where employees were not exposed to hazards, and in doing so causing death.
Barrick has previously admitted to failing to have appropriate standard operating procedures in place

http://www.wsj.com          United States
Barrick Gold accused of Bribery in Africa

http://www.ippmedia.com      Tanzania
… mining companies have long been suspected of being tax cheats, causing the government to get less than its fair share of revenues from the sector.
Acacia Mining in tax evasion scandal

http://www.theguardian.com     United Kingdo
Barrick Gold mine protester beaten and burnt alive in Guatemala
A lawyer from Guatemala City consulted with 23 communities in the region – all of which pronounced against the Barrick mine – but “death threats”, among other things, had put an end to communities cooperation.

http://www.narcosphere.narconews.com       Worldwide
In 2008, reported Barrick Gold was the 4th worst company in the world

http://www.silvermonthly.com
In 2009, reported Barrick Gold was the 7th worst managed gold company in the world

http://www.huffingtonpost.com             Canada & Worldwide
In 2010, reported Barrick Gold was the 12th least ethical company in the world

http://www.mining.com      Canada
Reports online about Barrick Gold’s deadly record covering a host of Barricks “activities

http://www.christianaid.org.uk      United Kingdom
Reported online in May 2008 a complete research paper on Barrick Gold called:  Death & Taxes covering Barrick’s murders and their methods to avoid paying taxes

http://www.veteranstoday.com        United States & worldwide
Reports online:  Mining Pariah, Barrick Gold, has many deep and incestuous relationships with Republican Party Politicians and their Canadian Counterparts.
Barrick Gold is one of the most corrupt centres of opportunism….
The core of Barrick’s business model is the trade in insider information. Strategic data is regularly brought to Barrick especially by former politicians seeking to cash in on their privileged access to state secrets and global contacts acquired in the days when they held public office.
Even superficial research reveals that the primary founder of the Barrick operation was the notorious CIA asset and Saudi arms merchant, Adnan Khashoggi.

http://www.gepc.or.tz     Tanzania
Reporting on Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion and specifying Barrick Gold as one of the companies that over stated their losses in order to avoid paying taxes.

http://www.facing-finance.org       Germany
Reported on Barrick Gold’s fraud and tax avoidance in Tanzania
……Barrick Gold …….   profiting from deception and depriving Tanzania   …. Barrick Gold did not declare payments in royalties and taxes to the government.

http://www.traidcraft.co.uk         United Kingdom
Multiple online reports about killings at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine and abuses range from forced evictions, through environmental pollution and labour rights infringements to violent attacks on local people who oppose company plans, and, and, and……..

YouTube video proving Barrick Gold Fraud

http://www.munkoutofuoft.wordpress.com         Canada
Reported about Barrick destroying ecosystems and agricultural land, they support brutal police and security operations, and sue anyone who tries to report on it.
In Tanzania, reports confirming lasting negative effects of a Barrick Gold toxic spill in Tanzania that occurred in May 2009 resulting in 203 people became ill, 43 people died, and 1358 livestock died…
Barrick responded to the report criticizing the integrity of the science

http://www.nowtoronto.com            Canada
Multiple reports about horror stories on Barrick Golds mines around the world, and, and, and…….

Are the Quinn Emmanual lawyers sending threaten letters to the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Times, the Globe and Mail and to these hundreds or thousands of media reporters for damage to the Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining reputation?  Who is responsible for all the Barrick Gold crimes?

This is the NEW Tanzania and we wrote many times in our blogs that we need mining companies here BUT not to work with human rights crimes and not in a corrupt and fraud way and not damaging our environment and not avoiding taxes, and, and, and……….

Now Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining sending their UK lawyers to threaten us because they know that there can be no merger unless they clean up their mess in our country.  The mess is made only by them so why are they looking outside their house?

The colonization days are finished. Please work in our country according to the values and integrity of Julius Nyerere, our ultimate Mwalimu.  He taught us the following:
Cooperation and conflict are two sides of the same coin; both arise out of man’s relationship with his fellows. The larger the group, the greater the possibility of development through cooperation, and the greater the possibility of conflict.
If real development is to take place, the people have to be involved.

We do not seek conflict.  We seek cooperation which brings trust and growth.
When will Acacia Mining see how well all their Tanzanian workers will give them service when the workers know that Acacia is cooperating with our country?
The Acacia mines will bring more fruits and the communities near the mines will become partners in the growth all around.

Kelvin Dushnisky, Brad Gordon, Juma Mwapachu, Deo Mwanyika
Your merger can happen and flourish only if you will enter the new era of cooperation in Tanzania and stop the conflict here.
Your lawyers sent threaten letters to media companies who objectively report the news as it happens.  Your threats to the media company http://www.AllAfrica.com  will never slow down our determination, in fact, quite the opposite.
Just as you see hundreds of thousands of links in Google (as described above) so we will cooperate with thousands more AllAfrica type media companies.
However, your bullying and intimidation must stop!
The people at AllAfrica.com are fine, decent, honest, genuine, news people and you send your threats, aggression and your “tough bullies” to those nice people is nothing short of a disgrace.  We demand you will reverse that offensive and unnecessary act and remove the pressure that you placed on that media group.

You threaten us to stop our anti-corruption work against your companies?
We will stop with pleasure.
We would much prefer to write positive and good karma articles about your mines and the Tanzanian Peoples in and around your mines. Please God that should be. In Shaalla
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Thank you and God bless our President and all our Nation.

Will Tanzania allow a merger between Acacia Mining & Endeavour Mining?

Over a month has passed since Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining confirmed they are in merger discussions with Endeavour Mining.

An Open Letter to the President of Tanzania, Dr. J.P. Magufuli & Dr. Frederick Ringo, FCC
Copies to Prime Ministers Theresa May, Justin Trudeau, Ministers, Ambassadors, Media reporters.

We already know Acacia Mining as the “devil” of gold mining in Tanzania and their illegal activities including murder, rape, human rights crimes, corruption, fraud, tax evasion, environment damage and devastation and so much more is continually exposed.
If that is not enough, in 2016, the “Mining Bad Boy” were defendants in over 250 legal actions against them for a total amount in excess of US$230 million and apparently according to our friends in the Acacia Mining Dar es Salaam offices, 2017 is going to be much worse.

The Director General of the Tanzania’s Fair Competition Commission, Dr Fredrick Ringo, recently stated that no formal request or approach from Acacia Mining has been received to apply for any merger with Endeavour Mining.  Barrick Gold, the 63.9% owners of Acacia Mining cannot be happy with this delay in a merger!  They want a merger more than anything, and at any cost.

The Fair Competition Commission (FCC) is the formal body in Tanzania who must give an approval or a refusal for any merger in any business sector, regardless of industry.  Even after more than a month of discussions between Endeavour Mining and Acacia Mining, Dr Ringo said there is no sign given to the FCC.

That can mean either there is no deal in the wind which Barrick Gold would simply hate OR that there is a whiff of a deal and that the “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania, Acacia Mining, is once again doing whatever it pleases, it takes no notice of the A-Z laws of Tanzania and continues on its way of selective following of Government laws. Why not here also?  They do it with most other laws in Tanzania.

And Endeavour Mining? Much to our devastation, they are as bad if not worse than the Barrick Gold – Acacia Mining combination (that is triple as bad as each company as a stand alone).
It’s bad enough having our own “Mining Bad Boy” in Tanzania, do we need to have Endeavour as well?

Let us get down to work and really understand the issues that Dr. Ringo and the FCC must face if/when Acacia Mining knocks on their door to request a merger with Endeavour Mining.

The FCC website, www.competition.or.tz , states the following:
**  The FCC  aims to promote and protect effective competition in trade and commerce and protect consumers from unfair and misleading market conduct.
**  The FCC is an integral and credible institution, leading to the attainment of a well functioning market economy and a better protected consumer.
**  The FCC‘s mission is to promote and protect effective competition in markets and protect consumer from unfair and misleading market conduct.
**  The FCC deals with all issues of anti-competitive conduct, abuse of dominance……

Finally, and most important, the FCC‘s Core Values are:  Integrity, Accountability, Independence, Confidentiality, Due process and Professionalism.

In the FCC Merger Guidelines, clause 3.3. states:
A merger is prohibited if it creates or strengthens a position of dominance in a market. Therefore, FCC will consider whether the post merger firm will result into either creation of a dominant position or strengthening the existing dominant position.

Furthermore, clause 4.2.3. states:
Pursuant to Section 11(1), a merger is prohibited if it creates or strengthens a position of dominance in a market. Therefore, the test is whether the post merger firm will result into either creation of a dominant position or strengthening the existing dominant position.

The “Mining Bad Boy” will argue that there is no market in Tanzania for gold and they focus on the export of gold to the world markets and hence, there is no dominance of any market within Tanzania.  However, this situation is quite the opposite!

Dr. Ringo and the FCC are 100% aware that our President, Dr. Magufuli, is sick and tired of the immoral behavior and dishonest performance of the “Mining Bad Boy” in their failure to operate strictly according to Tanzania laws and the President has not been “shy” to call a spade a spade, numerous times in the past few months – especially since Acacia lost their appeal against the GUILTY verdict of tax evasion only four months ago.
Already Acacia Mining’s dominance in our market has given them the courage and audacity to govern Tanzania and not our Government to govern them.
Every one of the 54 million people living in Tanzania have to deal with the daily nightmare of clause 4.2.3. in the FCC Merger Guidelines, i.e.:  Barrick Gold somehow and illegally created a position of strength and dominance in our market – simple as that!

And those who disagree about the position of strength and dominance, what will they say when Endeavour Mining throw their money and weight behind Acacia Mining?  That won’t be dominance, it will cause an earthquake for us.

Why should Barrick Gold care?  They are winning big time because a merger reduces their share from 63.9% down to around 30%.

Why should any of those international companies care?  All they want is our God-given gold and other minerals and they do everything possible NOT to pay ALL THE STATUTORY TAXES.  Instead, they build a few clinics, schools, roads and they pay to plant trees and then they try to convince the world how wonderful they are.

Why are we, Tanzanians, denied the wonderful sensations of the 21st century and our nationalistic freedom?
Instead, these international companies take us back 100 years to their cruel and wicked colonialism!
From 1880 to 1919, the Germans were here and raped our land and murdered our people either through military or starvation means.
From 1919 to 1961, the British were here and raped our land.
When Julius Nyerere, our ultimate Mwalimu, formed our first Government, what did the British leave us with?

Dr. Ringo will receive copies of our application to President Magufuli and the Attorney General, to request that the FCC statutes are amended to include all the necessary issues of COMPLIANCE to Tanzanian laws, that international and local mining companies are compelled to follow.

In addition to the above, mining companies failure to follow and comply with our laws will automatically cause the FCC to PROHIBIT any merger applications.
We expect such changes should apply to all business and industry sectors, not only mining.
Please God we will in the future become exporters of gas and electricity and other non-mining “products”, and these same amendments should apply to those companies also.
President Magufuli has the vision for our country and will surely be pleased with this initiative.

Dr. Ringo and the FCC must see through this Acacia Mining merger for what it is.  A huge weight of worry surely sits on the shoulders of our President and soon also, Dr. Ringo will feel this pressure.  We must NOT allow Tanzania to come under the influences of Endeavour Mining.

Fact Sheet on Endeavour Mining:
(In point form and full information available online)
**  Endeavour executives were exposed “interfering” and scams in presidential elections in the USA and the FBI investigated.
**  Endeavour is linked to La Mancha and linked to Mr. Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecoms billionaire.
**  Mr. Sawiris also was accused of illegal political donations relating to the 2012 USA presidential elections.
**  The ex-CEO of Endeavour, Neil Woodyer, who was replaced recently by Sebastien de Montessus, was also involved in suspicious funding connected to presidential elections.

**  La Mancha is linked to Areva, a French company.  Areva were involved in a controversy over their $2.5 billion purchase of uranium miner, UraMin, after reports were received about fraud activities. Recently, the FBI were sent to investigate this also.
**  Sebastien de Montessus, the new CEO of Endeavour Mining was a member of the Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of Areva Group and CEO of Areva Mining.  Areva is documented in the media for:
>>  Judicial investigation opened on irregularities in the Central African Republic;
>>  High Court condemns Areva for disregard of environmental regulations
>>  Numerous violation of criticality rules at nuclear fuel fabrication plants
>>  Spill of uranyl nitrate at a Areva site
And many, many more…

**  In Niger, Areva was condemned for a case for lung cancer death of a former employee at one of their mines.  Greenpeace accused Areva of neglecting the health of their workers in their mines in Niger.  Communities there were surrounded by poisoned air, contaminated soil and polluted water and also were exposed to radiation, illness and poverty — while Areva makes billions from Niger’s natural resources,”
**  Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja openly accused Areva of financing the local Tuareg rebel fighters and their rebellion
**  Areva was criticized by several NGOs for polluting underground aquifers, aggravating a chronic water shortage, and exposing its employees to uranium contamination.

**  In Namibia, Areva was involved in a payment of about N$30 million to a local company shortly after ths same Namibian company bought shares in Areva’s desalination plant.  (Money in and out??)  Both companies refused to explain the payment amid allegations that Areva’s mining company sought out political connections to advance its businesses, implicating Namibian political figures such as former Prime Minister Hage Geingob.

**  In Mongolia, it was reported that disease was found in domestic animal herds near to an Areva mine.  When the cattle started dying, even the wolves would not eat the dead animals.  Tests by the State Veterinary and Animal Breeding Agency revealed chronic poisoning.

**  Behind and above Sebastien de Montessus and Endeavour Mining is La Mancha!
This company La Mancha is the private natural resource investment vehicle of the Sawiris Family from Egypt.

**  Frank Giustra, another Canadian billionaire and close to Naguib Sawiris is also close to Stephen Dattels, an ex-Barrick Gold senior executive.
**  Giustra is known for his part in La Mancha – he was a Director.  Giustra was involved in the famous funding scandal involving Bill and Hilary Clinton and what went on before the recent elections.  Media reports stated that it would be virtually impossible for the Clinton-Giustra group to put their house in order with the USA authorities without acknowledging that the group was engaged in massive accounting fraud since its inception.
**  Giustra was Chairman of Endeavour Mining until 2007 and is still an adviser there.
He uses his relationships with Bill and Hilary Clinton to seek profit in natural disasters, including earthquakes in India and Haiti, and a hurricane in New Orleans.   One example reported was the Clinton-Giustra trip to Kazakhstan in 2005.  Supposedly, Clinton went to meet the dictator of Kazakhstan to help with HIV/AIDS issues but in fact, he was there to help Frank Giustra secure a uranium deal.
**  More reports are that Giustra had other projects in Latin America that received US taxpayer money. Giustra’s Endeavour Mining arranged for Export-Import funding in September 2010 as part of an $858 million package of loans for a copper mining project in Mexico called Baja Mining.  In truth, US taxpayers lost about $420 million.

**  And now, a look at the billionaire ultimate boss, Naguib Sawiris.  This is a man of almost unlimited power. He publicly opposed the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and he played an active role in its downfall.
**  It was reported on the questions about Sawiris and illegal political donations made to a group affiliated with the 2012 USA presidential elections.

**  In Algeria, the Court found Mr. Sawiris’s telecoms company guilty for breaching foreign-exchange regulations and fined them US$1.3 billion.

**  In Italy, it was reported by the police that Mr. Sawiris was under investigation for alleged corruption in a probe over the acquisition of the Italian mobile phone operator, Wind SpA.  The probe concerned consultancy fees of more than €90 million ($135 million) which prosecutors believe were kickbacks masked as consultancy fees.
**  Still in Italy, reports that Italy’s Tax Authorities were claiming about $75 million (€57 million) because Wind allegedly avoided paying taxes in 2009 transactions..

**  In Congo Brazzaville,  reports about Sawaris business relates to corruption involving President Denis Sassou Nguesso and the “favor” that Sawaris did for the President’s daughter – he promised to give her 20 % shares in Sawaris’s new telecom company – and for tax evasion purposes, they would do it in a Mauritius off-shore company.

**  In Iraq, reports about Sawaris exposed his relationship to Nadhmi Auchi, a close ally and financier of Sadam Hussein.  The US Government reported that Auchi was the key figure who engineered the disbursement of bribes to leading Iraqi officials who determined that Sawaris’s Orascom would have the winning bid for Iraqna, the top mobile phone operator in Iraq at the time.  Also the Pentagon stated their investigation uncovered “fraud on the Ministry of Communications by Orascom…”

**  In the UK, reports exposed Sawiris for abusing British bankruptcy laws for his personal profit.  Sawiris owned Greek telecoms company, Wind Hellas, Greece’s third largest telecom company, with 4.6 million customers and more than UK£1 billion revenue a year.  Sawaris knew that Wind Hellas was going bankrupt so he quickly moved the Wind Hellas assets and changed its address from Luxembourg to the UK.
Very quickly, this massive company had new “headquarters” in London in one office with one man!!   Then, just two weeks later, Mr. Sawiris began proceedings and Wind Hellas collapsed.  Very quickly and quietly, Sawaris formed a new company called Weather Investments and Weather Investments “bought back” the ruins of Wind Hellas for a small amount and they were back in business!
The loss to the Wind Hellas bondholders (creditors) was reported at €1.5 billion.
**  Still in the UK, it was reported that a judge ordered Mr. Sawiris to pay a former business associate more than €75 million ($104 million) in relation to the acquisition of Wind SpA.  The judge, Lord Justice Nicholas Patten described Sawiris in his judgment with the words: (Sawaris) told what can only be described as a deliberate lie about his involvement in other litigation. For this reason, I have approached his evidence with caution.

Muongo ni mwizi  – A liar is a thief.

Will Dr. Ringo give these people dominance over the gold mining industry in Tanzania?

Will Dr. Ringo allow people like Naguib Sawiris, Frank Giustra, Sebastien de Montessus and others in that group to take control of Acacia Mining (a problem of its own) in Tanzania?
Will Dr. Ringo see that the above-listed disgusting business practices are exactly the “conduct and abuse of dominance” that is stated in the FCC website and that must be avoided at all costs?
Will they interfere with our politics?
Will they operate here like they did in Niger?
And Namibia?
And Central African Republic?
And Mongolia?
And Iraq?
And France?
And Congo Brazzaville?
And in the UK?
And only God knows where else and what else they do, with no regard for human rights, for the environment, for political stability, and more – just to make bigger profits?

We repeat our request to our President and now to Dr. Ringo:
Tanzanians are finally starting to face up to ethics, honesty and integrity here in our country.
Please do NOT allow these powerful, wealthy people with the track record you can see above (and there is so much more), please don’t allow them to buy their way into our new Tanzania if there is no pre-defined perfect picture that our country and our nation will truly and justly benefit.

Dr. Ringo, you can see that their “conduct and abuse of dominance” is as clear as daylight. They are simply incapable to operate transparently but instead these people create their businesses and hide behind their confusing camouflage safety nets. Referring back to the FCC Core Values of Integrity and Accountability – you can see these people do NOT fit in to the new Tanzania.

Thank you and God bless our President and all our Nation.