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Small Scale Mining Destroying Uganda's Environment

Indeed, environmentalists say that nature has been degraded in all areas of the country where mining activities are carried out. Buhweju District Natural Resources Officer Celemesia Birungi says that poor mining methods have ruined all wetlands in the area. Birungi also decried the spillage of chemicals into the environment.
Sand Mining in Kiyoora,Kitumba Sub county,Kabale district.

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The application of hazardous chemicals and poor methods in the excavation of minerals has caused distress among stakeholders in the mining sector. They say that most of the licensed or artisanal miners particularly in western Uganda use the open cast method to excavate Gold, Tin, Iron Ore and sand among other methods.

Also known as open-cast mining, the technique that involves the use of borrows in extracting rock and minerals is blamed for erosion, the formation of sinkholes, biodiversity loss and contamination of groundwater by chemicals from the mining process.

Indeed, environmentalists say that nature has been degraded in all areas of the country where mining activities are carried out. Buhweju District Natural Resources Officer Celemesia Birungi says that poor mining methods have ruined all wetlands in the area.  Birungi also decried the spillage of chemicals into the environment.

She adds that unfilled pit left after mining has caused accidents on several occasions, and acted as breeding sites for mosquitoes. She was speaking during western region mining stakeholder meeting held at Kirigime Guest House in Kabale district, Thursday. The meeting was organized by Global Rights Alert in conjunction with Kick Corruption out of Uganda.

 

 

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Sarah Musimenta, an environment activist in Kabale district is bothered that natural resource officials at the district have remained silent amid the continuous environmental degradation caused by poor mining methods.

 

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The Executive Director of Kick Corruption out of Uganda, Robert Kakuru Byamugisha faults the government for failing to sensitize the public on the merits of legal mining.

 

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Kigezi Region Inspector of Mines David Ssebaggala admits that poor mining of Iron Ore and sand have threatened biodiversity in Kigezi sub-region. Ssebaggala acknowledges government responsibility to establish strong measures against miners who don't respect environment conservation.

 

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He, however, faults the district leaders for failing to sensitize artisanal miners on proper methods of mining.

 

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