miners died in gold mining pits last month in Busia and Namayingo districts,
according to the Mineral protection police. Two cases were registered in Tiira
village, Tiira town council of Busia district.
were buried alive in a gold pit that was over 100 feet deep. The duo is said to have suffocated to death
due to lack of oxygen.
Wandera, a resident of Banda Sub-county, says that the deceased’s set fire to
burn stones in the gold pit and died due to loss of oxygen.
He says the artisanal miners often burn stone to break the stones for murrum
Wandera says that they learnt about
the death of their colleagues after 3 days. Four similar cases were reported in
Bukaana and Banda sub-counties in Namayingo districts.
Levis Mugweisajje, the operation commander-OC Police Minerals protection unit in charge of Busia and Namayingo districts attributes the death to illegal gold
He says most of the miners sneak into gold mines where they
meet their death.
says that they have intensified routine community sensitisation on proper gold
mining practices and advised non-licensed miners to register and legalize their
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the Busitema Sub-county LC 3 chairperson in Busia district says that the death
of the miners has triggered fear among their colleagues.
He says that they have
resolved to conduct operations targeting school-going children who opt to go
for gold prospecting.
that the situation worsens especially in this rainy season where the top ground
gets socked and becomes weak.