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Four dead after armed robbers storm DRC gold mine in the Congo

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Twangiza-mine-banro image

An armed attack on the Twanziga gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Tuesday has resulted in four casualties.

Among the dead are three policemen that were guarding the mine and one of the robbers, according to a statement on Banro Corp’s (TSX:BAA) website.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning and involved an attempt by the seven-member raiding party to break through the gate. Police fired on the robbers, ending the assault. A security guard was also injured during the altercation. No items were stolen and the mine continues to operate normally, Banro said. The attempted break-in was recorded on security cameras and has been reported to authorities. An investigation is underway.

The open-pit mine, which started commercial production in 2012, is one of four gold mines operated by Banro in the DRC. It was expected to produce 110-120,000 ounces in 2016.

According to Reuters the mine has been “plagued by illegal miners squatting on the site and by armed groups, some of the dozens of militias that remain active despite the official end to a regional conflict in 2003.”

Banro’s stock, listed on the Toronto main board, lost 2.27% today to close at 21.5 cents a share.


Henry Sapiecha

Congo mines no longer controlled by warlords and militia

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Children as young as 11, used to work at Congo’s illegal mines image

Latest research by the ENOUGH Project, an anti-genocide campaign group, shows that Congolese warlords have lost their grip on most of the country’s mines, almost putting an end to a long-era of major abuses in the African country and surrounding areas.

According to the report, an US law that came into force last week demanding companies to disclose whether their products contain so-called “conflict minerals,” and efforts by technology firms, have helped limit exports from Africa for consumer electronics.

Tin, tantalum and tungsten, used to make computers, smart phones, and tablets, used to generate $185m a year for armed groups. Now, about two-thirds of mines formerly controlled by warlords “are part of peaceful supply chains,” says ENOUGH Project.

Tin, tantalum and tungsten, used to make computers, smart phones, and tablets, used to generate $185m a year for armed groups. Now, about two-thirds of mines formerly controlled by warlords “are part of peaceful supply chains,” says ENOUGH Project.

“Our research found that electronics companies are expanding their responsible minerals sourcing from Congo, and Congolese miners are now able to earn 40% more from those mines,” says senior policy analyst, Sasha Lezhnev.

Artisanal mining of gold, however, is believed to continue funding army commanders, it adds.

The ENOUGH Project’s report said the results exposed in the study were the result of five months of field research.

Henry Sapiecha


Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Rape Allegations at Barrick Mine

Face Tanzanian Police Probe

June 03, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

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By David Malingha Doya and Colin McClelland

June 3 (Bloomberg) — Tanzanian police said they are investigating allegations of sexual assault by its officers and security forces at the North Mara mine owned by a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest producer of the metal.

“We expect Barrick, who wrote to us, to lead us to the victims as the starting point of the investigation,” Constantine Massawe, regional police commander in Tarime, where the mine is located, said today in a telephone interview. “We have never received complaints of sexual assault at the mine before.”

Barrick will make public the results of its own investigation into the “highly disturbing” sexual-assault allegations, the company said in a May 30 statement. The rape claims follow a confrontation on May 16 in which Barrick said hundreds of “armed intruders” stormed the mine to loot ore, leading to five deaths.

The alleged sexual attacks were reported to have occurred over the past two years, Andy Lloyd, a Barrick Gold spokesman, said today in a telephone interview.

“We provided this information to police and requested that they conduct an investigation,” he said.

The North Mara mine is operated by London-listed African Barrick Gold Ltd., which was created last year when Toronto- based Barrick spun off its African operations. Barrick shares have declined 15 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange since April 21, the last trading day before the company announced it agreed to the C$7.3 billion ($7.5 billion) purchase of Equinox Minerals Ltd., which owns the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia.

NGO Investigation

The Legal and Human Rights Center, a Dar es Salaam-based nongovernmental organization looking into the claims, said the alleged victims are afraid to go to police.

“Victims claim to have been raped by police officers and company security guards,” Flavian Charles, program officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center, said in an interview yesterday. “They also fear divorce when their husbands find out they were raped.”

–Editors: Steven Frank, Amanda Jordan.

To contact the reporters on this story: David Malingha Doya in Dar es Salaam at; Colin McClelland in Toronto at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha