Investigative Disorganized gemstone market ruin government/miners revenue Published 7 years ago on 12/04/2013 By Fred Okoth Share Tweet “We only benefit the middle men who mtake this precious stones at a throw away price simply because we have got no alternative since there is no centralized gemstone market,” Japhet simon, an artisanal miner at Kalalani say. Artisanal miners cry foul that they are being duped by mineral brokers in the area who provide them prices of their own desire. “ Food and water besides other basic needs are scarce here and the only way to survive is to depend on the hand out from the brokers who bank on the food support they provide to us when they are buying our gemstone,” Musa Juma, an artusnal miner at Kigwasi in Kalalani says. “ Sad are the times that you sell a gemstone to a broker at let say Tshs. 500,000 only to hear the broker sold it at ten million Tanzanian shillings.There is no secret it and when one does such a big catch, the brokers talk it out here but there is nothing we call do to salvage the situation because mining infrastructure in this area is crippled by haves and have nots,” Juma bitterly says. Artisanal miners speaking on the nature of gemstone at Kalalani, they say the whole process is crippled by conmen simply because there is no apparent known price of the precious stones they are mining though the gemstones at Kalalani like ruby are some of the most expensive precious stones in the World market. A gemstone broker at Kigwasi sub-village admits that artisanal miners are truly facing a rough ride when it comes to finding reliable market for their find. “ They sell at a throw away price and the brokers enjoy the advantage because these artisanal miners are not exposed besides the misery of their working environment. They go for weeks without finding anything in the name of a gemstone and by the time they find a piece of it, they are already in big debts,” the broker humbly explains. “ They owe us money even before they sell to us and that is an advantage to us because by the time they get a precious stone, we negotiate with not only our debtor but also a hungry man who needs food to survive giving us an opportunity to set the goals during the price negotiations,” the broker confidently says. James Tulei says through experience, they can tell the quality of all the gemstones that comes their way hence setting the price at their own will. “ If a buy a gemstone worth two million shillings here,I am sure I will sell it at not less than ten or fifteen million shillings in Dar es Salaam,” he boats. Related Topics: Up Next Ajira za watumishi wa afya Bunda zazingatia ukabila Don't Miss BAUXITE NI NINI NA MATUMIZI YAKE Continue Reading You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Investigative ‘UBESHI’: Safari ya Vijana Kuifikia Almasi Mwadui-Shinyanga Published 7 years ago on 25/05/2013 By David Azaria MAJUZI nilikuwa katika utafiti wa namna gani Madini ya Almas yanayopatikana katika Mji Mdogo wa Maganzo Wilayani Kishapu mkoani Shinyanga umewanufaisha wananchi wanaozunguka Mgodi wa Almasi wa Mwadui. (more…) Continue Reading Investigative Hofu ya Usalama kwa wafanyakazi GGM Yatanda Published 7 years ago on 15/05/2013 By David Azaria SIKU chache baada ya moto kuzuka ndani ya mgodi wa Geita (GGM) na kuteketeza mali zenye thamani ya zaidi ya shilingi Bilioni 25,hofu kubwa ya kupoteza maisha imeibuka kwa uongozi na wafanyakazi wa mgodi huo. (more…) Continue Reading Investigative If we can’t give people’s priorities the attention they deserve, why ask them to prioritize? Published 7 years ago on 14/05/2013 By Joas Kaijage In a move intended to empower the citizens and give them mandate to decide on their own development priorities, the government adopted the decentralization policy. (more…) Continue Reading Muhimu Kusoma Afya2 years ago CHLOROFORM: Dawa ya usingizi inayotumiwa na wezi kuwapulizia watu kabla ya kuiba Afya7 years ago Maaskofu: Wakristo Mwanza msile nyama iliyochinjwa na Waislamu! Siasa6 years ago Udhaifu wa usimamizi waua elimu ya watu wazima Featured7 years ago VIDEO: Ofisa wa TRA Arusha akichukua rushwa waziwazi!