Monday, 31 March 2008

Crime On Lake Victoria Up

From East African Business Week, Kampala, Uganda
By Daniel Said in Mwanza

Fuel smuggling, crime and theft of other commodities including machinery and spares has been reported in Tanzania's mining areas around Lake Victoria Zone

A source from one of the major gold mining companies told East African Business Week last week that smuggling is operated by a syndicate of businessmen, police and some politicians.

However, the source said that despite the fact that security organs have the knowledge of the racket no measures have been put in place to curb the situation.

Mr. Stephen Zelothe, the Mwanza regional police commander denied any knowledge of smuggling, increased crime and theft. "We are yet to get information of fuel smuggling or increased crime in mining areas, we can trace from now what's happening," he said last week.

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