The effect of this, among others, is that the oil and gas and other resources being exploited in these areas are increasingly being seen as meant for the benefit of foreign companies and government officials, not the communities and the general population.
This was disclosed by the Director of the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines, Edwards Katto, while giving a synopsis of the mineral sector potential at the ongoing Mineral Wealth Conference in Kampala.
According to Tugume, he was extracting tin from a pit in Rwamwire in Mwerasandu in Ntungamo district in 2015 when it caved in and injured him. Tugume says he was rescued and rushed to health Center IV and later to Rubaare Health Center IV before he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital.
A statement issued on August 2 by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development permanent Secretary Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija said that government has noted an influx of people involved in illegal mining in the areas of Kitumbi and Bukuya Sub Counties.
Mining companies have however been lamenting. While meeting Amama Mbabazi, the Prime Minister, officials from Uganda International Mining Company Limited requested government to lift the ban.
Ashok Mustaphare, a director in the company made this request to Amama Mbabazi on Thursday, saying that lifting the ban would â€œenable them sustain their operations and also recoup their investment.â€