Saul Giliard – 07/08/2022
After arriving in Lusaka, President Hichilema tweeted to thank Tanzania and its president as he expressed his optimism that the discussion with his counterpart will definitely yield positive results.
“[I] arrived safely home in #Zambia. Had great discussions with HE Samia Suluhu Hassan & optimistic that this visit will definitely yield positive results.
Grateful to our sis- ter, President Hassan & people of #Tanzania for your warm hospitality.
Asante sana #EconomicDiplomacy,” he tweeted. While Zambia’s Head of State claimed to have learned from its neighbouring state, in 2017 Tanzania enacted the Mine Act to ensure the country and its people benefit from the sector.
The mineral laws just enacted include the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2017; the Natural Wealth and Contracts (Review and Renegotiation of Uncon- scionable terms) Act, 2017; and the Natural Wealth and Resources (Permanent Sover- eignty) Act 2017.
After his post, Isaphy Fundi Kunjombe responded by writing: Myself and 50+ Zambians have formed two mining startups in Kasama and we are waiting for mining licences.
We shall need capital injection for our initial operations before we can find partners for technology and capital. We hope to build industries for value addition.”
Another person identified as Francis Ziwele Mbao, PhD responded to President Hichilema’s tweet saying:
“Small scale mining is adding value to the Tanzanian econ- omy and livelihoods. We have something to learn from them (even though we trained some of their mining engineers at UNZA in the 1990s).”