By Estacio Valoi
To the dissatisfaction of the Canadian mining company Fura and its protectors, who hoped to remain with it themselves the millions of meticais, a production tax of 6% of US$34, 8 million ( 210276846.06) from the auction of 55.22 carats of valuable ore, named “Estrela do Fura, finally backed down and paid the corresponding amount last week, nothing. little.
The mining company’s relutance or delay in payment was recently exposed when reliable sources told Moz24h that the 55.22-carat ruby, which became the largest and most valuable gem of its kind ever sold at auction, fetching US$34, 8 million, in New York last June, less than a year after the Canadian company Fura Gems discovered the mineral, so far nothing has entered the coffers of the Mozambican government through the tax authority, finance
At the time, in a press release, fashion would publicize after the discovery of the “Star of Fura” in 2022, the mining company informed the Government of Cabo Delgado about its unprecedented discovery, which would contribute to the payment rate and tax contribution.
According to Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest companies in the luxury art market, cited by the CNN Style portal, it was an “extremely rare” ruby, of a value and importance never before seen on the market.
“Since the auction took place, we have not received any production tax payments from the mining company FURA. The mining company has already been told to pay but so far it hasn’t done it, it doesn’t want to pay, it must have paid commissions to some influential people who at the end of the day only harm the country. It’s like going to borrow money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when Pais-Mozambique annually earns 6 billion dollars. You don’t need money from the IMF, which amounts to about half a million dollars and isn’t even enough.” They emphasized the sources
It would be around 133,318,802,088 million Meticais, which would benefit some to the detriment of local development that can be used to build infrastructure such as health posts, classrooms, water holes and others that do not exist at community level
Where is the Fura mining company located, which barely or once again did not serve to feed the voracious appetites of a group of people linked to the Mozambican political nomenclature – The FRELIMO party
The concession area where the stone was discovered according to miners and members of the local association Armando Emilio Guebuza is linked to its previous concessions, which were held by the company FURA in a scheme set up by the mining company Gemrock and Kwikwira.
“Here in the community, the mining company FURA hasn’t built anything since it’s establshiment in that area not even roads, water holes, health centers, roads, they haven’t done anything.” People from the community said. (Moz24h)