Tan­za­nia charges of­fi­cials with eco­nomic sab­o­tage over seized di­a­monds

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DAR ES SALAAM - Tan­za­nian pros­e­cu­tors charged two govern­ment of­fi­cials on Friday with eco­nomic sab­o­tage af­ter they were ac­cused of un­der­valu­ing an ex­port-bound con­sign­ment of di­a­monds seized from a mine ma­jor­ity owned by Lon­don- l i sted Pe­tra Di­a­monds. Ar­chard Kalu­gendo, di­rec­tor of the state-run di­a­mond and gem­stone val­u­a­tion unit, and govern­ment gem­stone val­uer Ed­ward Rweye­mamu were jointly charged with be­ing re­spon­si­ble for $1.1 mil­lion of lost tax rev­enue. The court case is the lat­est twist in a govern­ment crack­down on the min­er­als in­dus­try this year, with Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli ac­cus­ing the sec­tor of not giv­ing the govern­ment a fair share of Tan­za­nia’s min­eral wealth.

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