FILE PHOTO: Tanzanian President John Magufuli addresses a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo
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Tanzanian President John Magufuli Friday inaugurated a 24-kilometre wall around the country's tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling of the precious violet-blue stones, which are unique to the East African country.Magufuli in September ordered the army to build the wall around the mines, located in the Mererani hills near Mount Kilimanjaro."Before the construction of this wall, there was a lot of tanzanite being lost, about 40 percent of all production," Magufuli said during a ceremony transmitted on national television, referring to miners smuggling out the gems.He highlighted a 2017 decision that from now on the wholesale of tanzanite must be carried out under the control of the Tanzanian Central Bank inside the new wall.
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