Australian uranium company alleged to fraudulently use land in Tanzania
Hunting firm illegally leased block to uranium miners’ BY PATRICK KISEMBO, 12th July 2012 The Opposition camp yesterday told the National Assembly about an alleged scam involving two uranium exploring companies and a hunting firm. They are said to have entered into a fraudulent contract apparently facilitating the subletting of the blocks contrary to the law and regulations.
This surfaced when the opposition tabled its “alternative budget estimates”
Game Frontiers of Tanzania Limited, was alleged to have sub-leased Mbarang’andu
village in Namtumbo benefiting some of USD6m payable in two phases.
An additional 250,000 US dollars was set to be paid upon commencement of actual
mining activities. Meanwhile, the local villagers are estimate to at best have
had a mere s living in the surrounding villages 10,000 USD go into their meager
financial capital circulation.
Shadow minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development,
named the exploration companies as, Uranium Resources PLC and Western Metals Limited. (Western Minerals Limited changed it name to Indago Resources Ltd in 2009 )
She also unveiled that the contract was done by a Tanzanian law firm,
and signed on March, 23, 2007. As a result of its presumed
illegality, the confidential document is out for all to see
and it names, Mohsin M. Abdallah and Nargis M. Abdallah as the owners
of Game Frontiers
of Tanzania Limited, the leasing party. “…another 55, 000 USD is to
be paid annual, on
every first of March to compensate the opportunity cost…” Mdee went
on to unravel the scandal.
“I have gone through the Wildlife Conversation Act of 1974 and The
Wildlife Conservation Act
Number 5 of 2009. These acts allow a person with a hunting permit to
only carry hunting
activities and not otherwise…” she further explained.
She added that in accordance to the land laws of 1999 should a piece
of land allocated for other
purposes and then later be found to contain minerals then ownership
returns to the government or
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