Tanzania’s Doto Biteko Appointed as New Minerals minister

DAR ES SALAAM, Jan. 8 (ATP) — Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday appointed  Doto Biteko to the minerals portfolio, replacing Angellah Kairuki who was appointed Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for investments.

Prior to his appointment Biteko was Deputy Minister for Minerals.

Biteko became the third minister for minerals since President Magufuli came into power in November 2015.

Mining accounts for about 4 percent of the East African nation’s gross domestic product.

In October 2017, Magufuli appointed Kairuki Minister for Minerals replacing Sospeter Muhongo who was sacked in March 2017 after he was implicated in the copper concentrates saga report.

The report submitted to the President revealed possible undeclared exports by mining companies to evade tax.