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Long wait for Buhweju miners as Mubende peers get licenses

Buhweju, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Small scale artisanal miners in Buhweju in Western Uganda are still chasing for permission to go back to their mines six years after they were evicted and a year since they last petitioned the government. In 2013, President Museveni directed that firms involved in gold …

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Kaabong to tax artisanal miners to boost local revenue

Kaabong, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kaabong district authorities have announced plans to tax artisanal miners in the district. This follows several requests by the miners and residents requesting for improved service delivery. The miners want the district to construct water sources in the mining areas. Albine Dwo, the district …

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Mubende, Kassanda artisanal miners allowed to return to old sites

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Artisanal and small scale miners in Mubende and Kassanda areas are set to return to their former mining areas after receiving a new exploration license. It comes after three years of frustration and persistent lobbying by the miners. In 2017, thousands of artisanal and small …

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Energy Ministry given ultimatum to resettle Mubende miners

Mubende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Natural resources committee of Parliament has given the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development up to March 10th to resettle Mubende artisanal miners. In 2017, government evicted an estimated 60,000 artisanal miners in Mubende district on grounds that they were mining illegally. The miners were …

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Tin miners protest low prices, police harassment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | An estimated 400 artisanal and small scale miners in Ntungamo district have protested the escalation of harassment and torture by the mineral protection police. The miners led a procession from Mwerasandhu tin mine that was leased to Zanaack Holdings in Rwamwire and Ruhaama parishes …

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Mercury exposure; The ticking time-bomb for Buhweju communities

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The persistent use of hazardous substances by artisanal and small scale miners in gold sites is perturbing environmentalists and health rights activists in gold-rich Buhweju district. The groups say that artisanal miners are continuously using toxic mercury to extract minute pieces of gold that …

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Former Busia RDC, investor deny harassing artisanal miners

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The former Busia Resident District Commissioner, Hussein Kato Matanda and a Turkish investor have denied harassing artisanal miners at Tiira gold mining site. The mines sit on 16 hectares of land in Siduka sub county in Busia district. It is home to hundreds of …

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