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Government to resume issuance of new mining licenses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government is to resume the issuance of new mining licenses as the new mining and Minerals Act takes effect. The issuance of the licenses by the Directorate of Geological Surveys and Mines had been temporally halted pending the guidelines after the enactment of …

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MERCURY: School director killed by mob in Buyende

Buyende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Police in Busoga North has confirmed that Fredrick Ngobi, the Director of Citizens of Hope Primary School in Buwenge Town Council was one of those killed by an angry mob, reportedly because theym attempted to steal ‘mercury’ in Buyende district. Ngobi was killed alongside …

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Strange disease kills over 50 animals in Busia

Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Livestock farmers in Busia district are counting losses after losing 55 cows to a strange disease. The affected cows present with loss of appetite, weight and die within 5 days. According to the farmers, the meat of dead cattle appears yellowish. The cases have been reported …

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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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