Artisanal miners under their umbrella, the Uganda Association of Artisans and
Small Scale Minors want the government to expeditiously pass the Minerals and
The Minerals and Mining bill of 2019 seeks to strengthen the administrative
structures for the effective management of the minerals sub sector, provide for
the acquisition, management, and dissemination of geological information, to
regulate the licensing and participation of commercial entities in mining
The bill also seeks to provide for Government participation in mining
operations, provide for value addition with a view of promoting local growth by
reaping benefits across the whole value chain, provide for an open,
transparent, and competitive process of licensing and also create a conducive
environment for the promotion of exploitation of Uganda’s minerals potential
and provide for sustainable mineral marketing strategies by setting up buying
and auctioning centers.
Bosco Bukya, the Chairperson of the Association, says that they have
advocated for the law in vain. He said this being a campaign season, the
miners want the candidates to address the matter.
He said the current law of 2003 does not favour the artisans and miners in protecting
their rights in the course of their activities especially on the issue of
maximum capital of 10 million required to be invested in the mining per small
Bukya adds that the law is also silent on the land and mineral acquisition
//Cue in: “Artisanal and small…
Cue out:…to only Ugandans”
Josephine Aguttu, the chairperson of Tiira Small Scale Minors in
Busia district says that if the law is passed, the issue of capital will be
addressed to give room for people to invest in a reasonable amount of money
into their business. The current law requires that any artisanal miner is
not allowed to use capital beyond 10 million shillings.
Aguttu says that the law will also save them from speculators who
hold licenses and don’t use them but only wait for miners to discover where the
minerals are and they evict them forcefully.
//cue in: “When the bill is passed….
Cue out:…to evict you”//
Morris Muheirwe Tabaaro, the Inspector of Mines in the Directorate
of Geological Survey and Mines in Charge of Eastern Uganda said that the
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has concluded consultations on the
law and the bill is now with the cabinet.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.