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Karamoja Miners Cry to Human Rights Commission over Exploitation

Goreti Nangiro, a marble miner at Nanyidik village in Rupa sub-county said many families, especially in Rupa sub-county, have been displaced by mining activities and the companies have refused to compensate the affected communities.
01 Dec 2021 15:43


Artisanal miners in Karamoja are crying for help from the Uganda Human Rights Commission to intervene in the ongoing exploitation of miners by the companies mining limestone and marble in Karamoja.

Marry  Akolong, a marble miner said the price of buying stones from the miners who break stones was very little adding that a truck that carries 40tons of marble and limestone is paid shs 120,000 which is very little compare to the heavy work involving breaking the stones to fill up the truck.




Goreti Nangiro, a marble miner at Nanyidik village in Rupa sub-county said many families, especially in Rupa sub-county, have been displaced by mining activities and the companies have refused to compensate the affected communities.

"We are living as if Karamoja is not our land and Uganda is not our country, any time mining companies come and dictate to us what to do they don't allow us either to demand compensation from them," she said.

Peter  Lokut, another artisanal miner and a resident of Rupa sub-county said the purported investors seem to be more powerful than the district and sub-county leaders.

"These so-called investors don't even listen to the district and the sub-county leader's, they just come at their own and displace people as they own wish," he said.

He said other people that get employed by these investors are being exploited to the extent that even the protective gears are not given to them.

"The owners of the company are well catered for in terms of mining protective gears like gumboots, overalls and masks but they don't give the local Karimojong working with them," he said.




Mr. Andrew Byaruhanga the Executive Director of Resource Rights Africa said the suffering that the people of Karamoja have gone through needs affirmative action.

"There is a lot happening in Karamoja which is not documented and government needs to make the investors accountable for the rights of people in Karamoja,"he said.

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