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

 

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.

Acacia Mining – Buzwagi Mine Deception & Scam in President Magufuli’s Face

By: Samantha Cole

How much lower will Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining stoop down to try manipulate their way to extra profits?  And right in the face of the President of Tanzania?

Firstly, a few words of background from the Mining Technology specialist website:
Buzwagi Gold Mine is located near the district of Kahama in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania. For our overseas readers, please click on the link below to see the location of the mine:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Buzwagi+Gold+Mine/@-4.3571092,33.462038,7z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x60f4076b401f729c!2sBuzwagi+Gold+Mine!8m2!3d-3.8639977!4d32.6710224!3m4!1s0x0:0x60f4076b401f729c!8m2!3d-3.8639977!4d32.6710224

The Buzagwi mine is 100% owned and operated by Pangea Minerals which is 100% owned by Acacia Mining which, in turn, is owned 63.9% by Barrick Gold.
Some years ago, it was the single largest open-pit mining operation in Tanzania.
In 2011-2012, there were over 2,000 people employed at the mine.

Barrick Gold purchased the Buzwagi mine in 2000. The feasibility studies of the mine were completed in 2006. The development of the mine began in 2007 and was completed in 2009.   The mine commenced operations in May 2009 and was expected to be shut-down in 2022.

The Information Centre for the Extractives Sector (ICES) in Kenya reports about problems in the mining industry and promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence.
The ICES reported today that Acacia Mining published their (new) assessment that Acacia expect a 40 percent boost from a mine-life extension of Buzwagi gold mine in 2017.  The Acacia assessment is based on a record output last year and proposed more than doubling its dividend, reflecting a jump in net cash.

Following this public announcement, Acacia Mining stock exchange shares rose more than 6.5 percent by 08:20am GMT, whilst the wider sector was flat.

Acacia Mining’s CEO, Brad Gordon was quoted as saying:  “2016 was another successful year for Acacia as we delivered record production, reduced our all-in sustaining costs by 14 percent and more than doubled our net cash position.”   For the coming year, a six-month extension of mining at Buzwagi will lead to a 40 percent output increase versus 2016, the company said in a statement. Analysts said the company’s results easily beat expectations.

Herein lies yet more deception, double standards and falsehoods from Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining, and what is the root of this evil?
Actually, analysts say the answer is very simple.  The answer is “Endeavour Mining”.

In fact, analysts are saying that Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining are “dressing up the bride” to make her more attractive for Endeavour Mining to come to the table for a merger.  It is no secret that for over 8 months 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 in the least interested in Acacia Mining – not because of the production but because of the terrible problems and scandals that surround Acacia in Tanzania.  Now comes along Endeavour Mining and in mid-January, they make a public statement that they are in discussions with Acacia Mining to merge the company.

Analysts reported in the media that if the merger happens (God forbid for Tanzania) then Endeavour will take control.  Mother Barrick Gold knows this only too well as well.  So, what do they do this week?  They make this announcement of the 40 percent boost in production – they know perfectly well that the announcement will drive their shares up – and this will put them into a stronger position to have a bigger piece of the “merger cake” when/if Endeavour take over the control of Acacia.

So, the question is “where is the deception and double standards”?

It was only a few months ago that the Buzwagi Mines’s Sustainability Manager, Mr. George Mkanza, told journalists that there was no hope for Buzwagi to do better after the year (2016), unless the new technology is used. He added that production declined and the company incurred a big loss and that they lost Sh40 billion during the first half of 2016.
The Planning Manager, Ms. Zonnastraal Mumbi, complained that Buzwagi only has the potential to produce under 900,000 ounces of gold and other sad woes.
The Business Improvement and Mining Manager, Mr Rodney Burgess concluded by saying that Acacia would close the mine in December 2017.

We asked a stock broker at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange how he and his colleagues viewed this whole yo-yo up and down situation.
The answer he gave is that everyone can see how obvious it is that Acacia threatened to close Buzagwi mine in retaliation against the President who, just weeks before, publicly told Acacia Mining to go back home if they do not make profits (but declare hundreds of millions of Dollars in dividends overseas).
In addition, analysts are saying that the timing of Acacia’s announcement to close Buzwagi mine end of 2017 was planned to scare the President and also the Appeal Board who was exactly at that time dealing with Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining’s appeal against the Tax Evasion guilty verdict handed down about six months earlier.
In fact, even the Bizwagi mine managers made sure that the journalists reported that more than 1,300 people will lose jobs and Kahama District Council will miss out on Sh1.7 billion that it has been getting every year as a service levy.

So we have the “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania using the closure of the Buzwagi mine as a threat against the President and to try scare him into taking a lower profile position against Acacia Mining and then suddenly, hocus pocus, only a matter of a few months later, Endeavour Mining pops up onto the Tanzania mining scene and the “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania does a 180 degree turn and try to deceive the public and Endeavour Mining with the announcement that Acacia expect a 40 percent boost from a mine-life extension of Buzwagi gold mine in 2017.

Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining were so sure that our President Magufuli would be afraid of their threats and crumble at the knees – just like in the old Colonization days.
But NO, President Magufuli came back even stronger and harder on Acacia Mining.

If Endeavour Mining are planning to come into Tanzania on the back of Acacia Mining, just look at the terrible public track records of their CEO, Sébastien de Montessus and their back stage financier, the Egyptian billionaire, Naguib Sawiris.
A few examples of the scandals of these two include alleged fraud of billions of dollars (no-one really knows how much) and even recently the US Government instructed the FBI to start a full investigation.  Besides this mega-fraud, is a history cancer death, reports of corruption and implicating political figures through alleged bribes, violations of rules at nuclear fuel fabrication plants,  disregard of environmental regulations, poisoned air, contaminated soil and polluted water, polluting underground aquifers, aggravating a chronic water shortage, and exposing its employees to uranium contamination, public accusations of funding rebels.
Do we need such businessmen in Tanzania?
For more detailed information to see the real bowl of poisoned spaghetti that stands behind Endeavour Mining, please read our January blog about the possible merger between Acacia Mining and Endeavour Mining.

President Magufuli – Your nation stands behind you and trusts your judgment and courage to oppose these international business rogues and their manipulations, deceptions, frauds and corruptions.

God bless you, Sir and God bless all of Tanzania

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Acacia Mining – A drop of praise amidst the flood of chaos & despair. But the net is closing in.

Let’s call a spade a spade!

The “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania, Acacia Mining, owned 63.9% by “Mining Bigger Bad Boy”, Barrick Gold, has its few moments of goodwill whilst in parallel, they cause grief and anguish in Tanzania.

The apple does not fall far from the tree because Acacia Mining’s parent company, Barrick Gold, reek havoc and misery wherever they go in the world.

Since Tanzanian’s are know as a gentle, docile and kind Nation, let’s first enjoy the moment of good Karma and talk about Acacia Mining’s moment of goodwill and kindness  – and let’s enjoy it and savour it because so sadly there are too few of these moments!

One of our info contributors from the city of Kahama sent us information that recently, the residents started to see the start of the “one moment of kindness” towards Tanzania on the part of Acacia Mining.

About a week ago, as also reported in the media, they saw the start of the initial stages of Acacia Mining’s campaign to fund the planting of 1,600,000 trees!  Yes, you read correctly! Acacia are funding a campaign to plant 1,6 million trees and the first stage of a half a million trees started in and around the city of Kahama, located about 10 km’s from Acacia’s Buzwagi mine, in the Kahama district, near to Shinyanga.

This is truly an amazing and generous gesture – especially because Acacia Mining get nothing back for their “investment” into our environment.  That is certainly unusual and we have to say a big THANK YOU to Acacia Mining for this.

This is not the first time the Kahama district has received support from Acacia Mining.  About a year ago, the Mwendakulima Health Centre, funded and furnished by the Buzwagi mine, went into operation providing basic medical services for the communities around the Acacia mine.  Indeed, another thank you albeit to benefit the mines workers as well, which loops the benefit back to Acacia Mining.

However, planting trees benefits our environment and makes our world a better place.  Calling a spade a spade, this tree planting campaign is an investment in a league of its own.

On the other side of the coin, we will still call a spade a spade.

Acacia Mining reported plans to spend US$ 2 million to improve their image in Tanzania?  Do they not understand that their public reports to their shareholders are far from reality and Tanzanian’s living in and around all the communities of Acacia’s three operating mines live the nightmare of ongoing problems causing chaos and despair at family and community level and God knows what problems our Government have with the blatant unlawful and dishonest ways that Acacia Mining does their business in Tanzania.

The Chairman of Acacia Mining is Kelvin Dushnisky.  He is also the President of Barrick Gold.  As the “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania, should we be surprised at their business methods when quite obviously Barrick Gold pulls the strings and lays down policies for operations in Tanzania.  After all, if you compare Barrick Gold’s record of human rights crimes, environment damage, fraud and more in all the overseas countries where Barrick operate, you will see a copy of how Acacia operates in Tanzania.  They do the same, with a different name.

And now they are trying to pull Endeavour Mining into a merger so we might get the new CEO, Sébastien de Montessus on our Tanzania soil?  God help us with his disastrous background record with Areva and UraMin Mining.

He was on Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of Areva Group and the CEO of Areva Mining, connected to an alleged fraud of billions of dollars (no-one really knows how much).  That was some years ago and surely much to the worries of de Montessus, recently the US Government entered the Areva nightmare and instructed the FBI to start a full investigation.  Besides the mega-fraud, is a history cancer death, reports of corruption and implicating political figures through alleged bribes, violations of rules at nuclear fuel fabrication plants,  disregard of environmental regulations, poisoned air, contaminated soil and polluted water, polluting underground aquifers, aggravating a chronic water shortage, and exposing its employees to uranium contamination, public accusations of funding rebels.  Do we need such businessmen in Tanzania?
For more detailed information to see the real bowl of poisoned spaghetti that stands behind Endeavour Mining, please read our January blog about the possible merger between Acacia Mining and Endeavour Mining – God help us!

Moving back to our “Mining Bad Boy” of Tanzania, another of our info contributors shared with us some info about the Acacia Mining North Mara airstrip.  By chance, whilst our contributor was talking to workers at North Mara mine,  a plane came in to land on the runway.  We looked up and found the location – even showing runway number 29 in this link.
https://www.google.com/maps/@-1.4256174,34.5446575,781m/data=!3m1!1e3
The length of the runway is a little over 1 km long.

This reminds us of President Magufuli’s speech towards the end of last year in which he said that some gold mines have private airstrips and the authorities were not able to monitor what the mining company’s planes were transporting from the gold mines out of Tanzania.  And the President is correct.  Google Earth shows the distance from North Mara’s airstrip to the Kenya border as less than 14 km’s.  A plane flies that distance in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea!

We are confident that our President will soon send to Acacia Mining a knock on the door at the airstrip, where they will be disappointed to find a new Customs Office to control who and what comes into and goes out from that airstrip.
The net is closing in!!

Can everyone be wrong about how Tanzania is losing huge amounts of money from these overseas miners ?  As an example, about 9 years ago, a Norwegian organization financed an investigative report as where and how our country are losing out in the gold mining sector.  So sad that year after year, decade after decade, our gold goes out the country, overseas investors earn hundreds of millions maybe billions of US Dollars and what do we get in direct proportion to those overseas earning?  The answer is an embarrassment to our country.
So what has changed all the years down the line?
The answer is :  President Magufuli!

Last year, Ami Mpungwe, the Chairman of  the Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME), stood up for the mines and said that the Government benefits directly from royalty payments of 4 or 5 per cent depending on minerals produced which is charged on gross turnover.  He also said that as a result of mines that were constructed, rural communities have had access to power and water supplies where there none, thus enabling improvement of the quality of life that prior to the arrival of investors, might have seemed unattainable in rural Tanzania.

Hello? Ami? Obviously you will support the miners. After all, they pay the TCME, so your loyalties lie with them.  But in fact, when you so proudly talk about the royalty payments of 4 or 5 per cent, you carefully leave out the most important factor and that is “4 or 5 per cent of what?”.
It is public knowledge that Acacia Mining mix their mining sand.  Last year, media reports exposed the exports of Acacia’s mining sand allegedly as fraudulent and at one time, President Magufuli placed a ban on the export of mining sand.

This question of “how is the royalty calculated” will really clarify if the country is truly benefitting from the gold mining. Needless to say, the government mines authorities are studying this subject very carefully so companies like Acacia Mining who are suspected of this “sand mix” problem need to be concerned.
The net is closing in!!

More hurtful to us all is the TCME attitude as to how wonderful is the quality of life for our People in the communities around these mines.  Hello? Ami?  Where is this wonderful water you talk about?  We are researching the water problems and will report soon about this very serious problem for our rural communities.   However, we can say to you, Ami Mpungwe, that after you read our research about the water problems, we expect you to resign from the TCME since the world will see how you are totally disconnected from the realities of the mining industry that you are paid “to represent”.  Simple as that, Sir!

We continue with our Nation’s ongoing battle to contribute positively towards changing the old reality of why Tanzania, so rich in God-given minerals, is still amongst the 25 poorest countries in the world (according to Business Insider, UK).  What is the explanation for this tragedy?
There is still no one single answer to the question.
According to our professors and analysts, the recent decades of weak policies and suspicious mining contracts definitely contributed to the unfavorable situation we find ourselves in.

We all know “where to from here” – hard work, increased public awareness, support for our President and unbreakable determination to drive forward our efforts on behalf of the thousands that encourage us to inspire Barrick Gold & Acacia Mining to fix their mess and operate cleanly, legally and transparently in our country, Tanzania.  Solutions come from dialogue and actions, not from US$ 2 million advertising campaigns.  😦