Thursday, 19 February 2009

Police impound six trucks carrying cyanide

From ThisDay, Dar es Salaam
By ThisDay Reporter

SIX trucks belonging to a French-based SDV International Logistics, loaded with deadly sodium cyanide, destined for Resolute Golden Pride mines in Nzega District, Mwanza Region that were impounded last month, are still under police detention at Chalinze in Bagamoyo District.

The trucks were apparently travelling to Mwanza without police escort as required by law and the transport company has no international clearance to handle such kind of deadly chemical.

Sources told THISDAY that police stopped the delivery of the consignment at the end of last January basing on normal traffic regulations violations. The sources said the six trucks were travelling without the compulsory police escort while investigations have also established that Chief Government Chemist, Dr Ernest Mashimba, issued a permit to Golden Pride, the consignment owner, and not to the transporter as required by law.

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