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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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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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