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Tanzanian Man Becomes Overnight Millionaire After Finding Gemstones Worth $3.35 Million


Jun. 25, 2020

Source: us.glbnews.com
A Tanzanian miner, Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, has become a dollar millionaire overnight after digging up two of the country's biggest and world's rarest gemstones worth $3.35million.  
Tanzanite is prized by gem-makers for its extraordinary violet-blue hue. The gems seen here were mined in 2006, when they were valued at around $1,500
The father of 30 was handed a cheque of 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings ($3.35million) for the two dark violet-blue stones weighing 9.2kg and 5.8kg  during a trading event in the northern region of Manyara on Wednesday, June 24. 
Source: tori.ng
Laizer with four wives vowed to use some of the money to build a school and a shopping mall in his community, where many parents can't afford to pay for their children's education.   
"I plan to build a mall in Arusha and a school near my home," said Laizer.
"I thank God for this achievement because it's the first time to get this size. When I found these, I notified government officials who valuated the stones and today they called me for payment."
Source: nairaland.com
President John Magufuli  phoned to congratulate Laizer live on television during the presentation of his cheque.
At a function celebrating the find in Manyara on Wednesday, mining minister Dotto Biteko said the stones were the biggest ever uncovered in the country.
"Laizer is our (shilling) billionaire and let us make sure that he is safe," he said.
"We are now moving from a situation where the small miners were smuggling tanzanite, and now they are following the procedures and paying government taxes and royalties."
Source: us.glbnews.com
This is a confirmation that Tanzania is rich,' Magufuli told minerals minister Doto Biteko.
Tanzanite was first found in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in 1967, and the northern Tanzanian region of Manyara is the only known place where the stones, coveted by jewellers by their remarkable violet-blue sparkle, are found.
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