Tarime. Relatives of people who were shot dead by police at Barrick
North Mara gold mine have refused to take their bodies for burial until
the government assures them on its plans to end calamities of that
nature once and for all.
Speaking here yesterday, they said that they
were tired of the recurrence of such incidents in which their relatives
have been losing their lives.
“We want to live in peace,” one of
the relatives chanted outside the Tarime district commissioner’s office
where they had gathered.They vowed not to bury their relatives until
they know what the government was going to do to address the recurring
situation.They added that they lacked funds to finance the burial
ceremonies and asked the government support them.
Mr Lucas Ngoka,
one of the relatives of the deceased said that they were tired of the
killings, which have been taking place at the area for many years. “Time
has come for the government to take action and end these senseless
killings,” he said.
He warned that if the government decided to
be silent on the matter the relatives of the dead would ignore the
bodies. He said that for a long time police have been using excessive
force whenever conflicts erupted between wananchi and the investor, even
though the primary objective of the Police Force is to safeguard people
and their properties, and not otherwise.
Another relative, Mr
Job Chacha, said the death of people living around the mine should be
blamed on the government which they claimed has taken their major
sources of income from them.He explained that the entire area that
produces gold has been privatised and given to big investors, leaving
small miners with nothing. The situation, he said, had forced them to
look for alternative ways of making ends meet.
special police zone commander, Mr Constantine Massawe, said that the
Police Force was still investigating the incident.He revealed that
yesterday at 6am another group of people armed with crude weapons tried
again to get into the mining area using force but the police managed to
On Monday five people, alleged intruders, were shot
dead by police at Barrick North Mara gold mine while three others were
injured, who were admitted at the Tarime District Hospital before being
referred to Bugando Hospital in Mwanza, were Frank Joseph, 20, Mwikwabe
Mwita, 30, and Samuel Nyangare.
The deceased have been named as Emanuel Magige, 27, a
resident of Nyakunguru Village; Chacha Mwasi, 25, a resident of Bisalu
Village; Chacha Ngoka, 26, a resident of Kewanja Village in Tarime
District and Chawali Bhoke, 26, a resident of Bonchugu Village; Mwikwabe
Marwa, 35, a resident of Ketongoro Village in Serengeti District.