December 6, 2021

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Illegal miners quit Kisita mines

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The President issued a directive to have all illegal miners evicted from Kisita Mines.

He in addition, guided that the illegal miners be given a 6-month grace period, for them to voluntarily vacate the mining site.

The Directive was followed by a letter from the Ministry of State for Mineral Development on 24.06.2021, setting 3.11.2021, as the final date, for vacating all illegal and Artisanal miners.

As a result, several sensitisation meetings with stakeholders from the Directorate if Geological Surveys and Mines (DGSM), Uganda Revenue Authority, NEMA, Operation Wealth Creation and the Police took place.

The Police Mineral Protection Unit, has established a detach at Kisita Mines, and are tracking compliance, to determine if the 6 months grace period, which lapses on the 3.11.2021 is being followed.

“We are consistently keeping illegal miners off the site, ensuring no violence at the site and overseeing the removal of gold processing tanks belonging to the illegal miners,” said CP Fred Enanga, Police spokesperson.

With only 8 days remaining, police thanked all stakeholders but in particular, Kitumbi Artisanal Miners Association, for prevailing over their pit miners and ensuring they left the mining site peacefully.

All miners vacating the area are being issued with clearance certificate.

On the 3.11.2021, police expects to fully handover the mining site to Kisita Mining Company Ltd, which was granted a mining lease for 21 years, to carry out prospecting, exploration and mining of Gold, over an area of 873 Hectares, in accordance with the Mining Act.

They are expected to convert the vast mineral wealth in the area, by increasing the production level and revenue into tangible benefits to Uganda.

The fragmented Artisanal Miners had managed to produce 52.27kgs, from the month of January 2020 to June 2021, under the Kitumbi Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Association.

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