Tanzania: Advocacy group appeals to Shanta Gold to compensate locals whose farms were destroyed by its operations; company responds

HakiMadini, a local advocacy group that defends the rights of communities living around mining areas, recently appealed to Shanta Gold to compensate farmers whose land was destroyed by the company's representatives during exploration. The farmers are yet to be compensated. [also provided: Shanta Gold's response to HakiMadini]

[The land Shanta Gold is referring to is different from the one that HakiMadini petitioned about. HakiMadini is preparing a rejoinder with the community]

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21 April 2016

Compensation agreement between 17 Mang'onyi and Mwau farmers and Shant Gold

Author: Shanta Gold

[The attached letter is a compesation agreement between Mang'onyi and Mwau farmers and Shanta Gold. It attests to the agreed compesation after destruction of farms during Shanta Gold's exploration in the area between 2006 and 2014. The agreement states that the amount paid was the final compesation for all claims related to the exploration activities by Shanta Gold's agent.]

 

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21 April 2016

HakiMadini appeals to Shanta Gold to compensate locals impacted by its operations

Author: HakiMadini (Tanzania)

"Request for intervention regarding impacts of your operations in Mlumbi village Singida region, Tanzania"

HakiMadini...respectfully request[s] your intervention regarding human rights concerns involving your company’s operations in Mlumbi village, Ikungi district in Singida region. During a recent field visit, landowners in Mlumbi village alleged that between 2004 -2011 Shanta Gold Ltd was granted a prospecting licence. Your Company representatives/agent drilled trenches and boreholes in 25 farms without consulting the land owners...Additionally, your representatives used and still use farms belonging to Rashid Ali and Ernest Josephat to access your company’s premises without consulting nor compensating them. A significant part of Rashid Ali’s farm is still under armed guards acting on your instructions, who have prevented him from farming or occupying part of his land since your operations begun. This has deprived him of any means of livelihood...

Mlumbi village community has reiterated that they are not opposed to your mining activities, but request fairness and justice in how you conduct your activities. Consequently, they demand that;
1. The 25 community landowners (list attached) are fully compensated for destruction of their land and denial of lawful access.
2. Rashid Ali and Ernest Josephat are compensated for loss of part of their pieces of land used to access Shanta Gold premises.
3. Immediate withdrawal of security guard from Rashid Ali’s farm or compensate him for the loss of use of the part of his land
4. Lastly,Shanta informs and consult the local community regarding any further planned activities on their land.

 

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21 April 2016

Mlumbi villagers appeal for compensation

Author: Mlumbi Villagers (Tanzania)

[The attached letter by some locals from Mlumbi village appeals to the government's representative in Ikungi district to intervene and ensure that Shanta Gold compensates those whose farms were allegedly destroyed during Shanta Gold's exploration in their areas. The letter lists those who were affected and gives particulars of the destruction. The letter is copied to Shanta Gold]

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21 April 2016

Shanta Gold's response to HakiMadini

Author: Shanta Gold

...For clarity sake...the matter was dealt with and concluded on 25th February 2015, signed by the 17 complainants from Mang'onyi and Mwau villages and the company representatives...Clause 5 of that agreement indicated that the payment was full and final payment in regard to all the exploration previously conducted in the area...and that no further complaint of any nature...shall be entertained.

[The land Shanta Gold is referring to is different from the one that HakiMadini petitioned about. HakiMadini is preparing a rejoinder with the community]

 

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