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Gold pits hamper rehabilitation of major roads in Busia

  Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The open gold pits dug by artisanal miners on the roadsides in Busia district are hampering their rehabilitation. Gold mining is practiced in Namungodi and Tiira town councils and Busitema, Buteba and Tiira sub-counties. However, the poor gold mining practices have affected the 11-kilometer …

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Artisanal miners throng new gold site in Busia

Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Hundreds of artisanal miners have descended on a new gold mining site in Bulumbi village, Namungodi town council in Busia district. The artisanal miners are drawn from Buteba, Tiira, Busitema, Namungodi and Buteba sub-counties and the neighboring Namayingo district. According to the artisanal miners, one …

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Army, police deployed in Kisita gold mines

Kassanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, have been deployed in Kisita gold mining area, Kassanda district. More than 30,000 people, among them artisanal miners had occupied the gold mining area in the last four years and had declined to vacate the area claiming legal …

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Artisanal miners accept to vacate Kassanda gold mines

Kassanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 30,000 artisanal and small-scale miners, pit owners, mineral processors, and dealers have accepted to voluntarily vacate Kisita mines in Kassanda district. President Yoweri Museveni issued a directive in May this year, giving a grace period of six months to miners under Kitumbi Small …

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Artisanal miners clash with investor over Kassanda gold mines

Kassanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A rift has emerged between shareholders of Kisita Mining Company over management and mining operations in the gold-rich Kassanda district. The emerging contest involves a group of 2,000 artisanal and small scale miners initially operating under the Kitumi Small Scale and Artisanal Miners’ Association, a United …

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New Mining and Minerals Bill worries Busia artisanal miners

Miners say the new Mining and Minerals Bill is targeting to criminalize artisanal mining Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Artisanal miners have described the new Mining and Minerals Bill that was recently passed by cabinet as unfavorable and insensitive to their interests. Many argue that the draft only caters for the interests …

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Mineral police protection unit accused of engaging in illegal mining

Busia, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Artisanal miners under their umbrella, the Uganda Association of Artisans and Small Scale Miners have accused the Mineral Protections Unit of engaging in illegal mining activities and harassing small scale miners. The unit was created at the height of conflicts in the mining areas of …

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URA storms Kassanda gold mining area for taxes

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Revenue Authority-URA officials have stormed several gold mining sites in Kassanda district pursuing taxes from artisanal miners. The team led by Jamil Senyonga, the manager in charge of tax literacy claims that the gold miners have consistently evaded taxes and left the burden to …

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Artisanal miners want Minerals and Mining Bill expedited

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Artisanal miners under their umbrella, the Uganda Association of Artisans and Small Scale Miners want the government to expeditiously pass the Minerals and Mining Bill. The Minerals and Mining bill of 2019 seeks to strengthen the administrative structures for the effective management of the minerals …

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