According to Opendi, the exercise which is expected to start next week will run for three weeks and it will cost the government 80 Billion Shillings.
State Minister for Minerals Ms Sarah Opendi and State Minister for works Peter Lokeris take agroup photo with Karamoja leaders after launching the Airbone mineral Survey in Hotel African in Moroto.
The Government has launched the airborne survey and mineral
mapping in Karamoja.
The survey was launched on Thursday in Moroto by the State
Minister for Minerals Sarah Opendi. The deal was awarded to Xcalibur, a company
According to Opendi, the exercise which is expected to start next
week will run for three weeks and it will cost the government 80 Billion
“Government delayed in carrying out the airborne survey in
Karamoja because of the insecurity situation here but we are glad that the
situation has changed and we are now starting the survey,” she said.
2019, Cabinet approved a proposal to borrow Euros 20,622,435 million
(approximately Shillings 84billion) from the Corporate Internationalization
Fund of Spain to finance airborne geological and geophysical survey mapping in
survey will enable the Government to establish the available mineral resources
in the region. It is intended to improve
livelihoods for mining communities as a result of better returns from their
last year, Members of Parliament from Karamoja rejected the loan request for
the survey. They argued that there is a need for the government to first address
the poverty ravaging Karamoja region before they look at borrowing money for
minerals that do not benefit the region.
the period of the survey, a helicopter carrying a round-magnetic gradiometer
will be used to take measurements of rocks found below the surface of the
appealed to the leaders of Karamoja to sensitize the community in areas where
the survey will be carried out to avoid suspicion.
“There are two aircraft and they will be flying at low as 80 meters above the
ground so people might get scared and start running away please let us alert
them, “She said.
Abrahams Lokii the Member of Parliament for Jie County in Kotido district who
made a presentation on behalf of Members of Parliament for Karamoja said the
project was long overdue.
“As leaders of Karamoja we are very happy over this exercise and we are sure
the government our total support,” he said.
to Lokii, after the survey, they intend to carry out a land audit to know the
amount of land that will remain for the community.