Gold trader dies in crash in Tanzania

A gold trader has died in Tanzania, the country’s national treasure, after his vehicle crashed on a road near a village trading hall.

The vehicle was travelling on a rural road near the town of Wani, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of capital Kampala, when it went off the road and crashed into a stone wall, the Associated Press news agency said on Sunday.

“It is a tragic event, it’s a sad loss for all of us,” said the minister for tourism and rural development, Ousmane Kipu.

“It is also a tragic loss for the villagers who have lost their livelihood.”

The crash took place about 2:00am local time (15:00 GMT), the AP news agency reported.

The cause of the accident is not known.

Gold traders from all over Africa and Europe have travelled to Tanzania to mine the rare, precious metal, which is often exported to Europe and Asia.

The rare gold was discovered in the 1980s and sold for up to $1,000 per ounce.