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Pozzolana Miners in Kabarole Lay Down Tools Over Delayed Payment

The more than 100 miners under their umbrella Harugongo Youth Development and Miners Association are demanding more than 30 Million Shillings for the past four weeks. The association was sub-contracted by GEMs international Limited to supply Pozzolana to Hima Cement.
30 Nov 2021 13:09
Alituha Kadabada the Harugongo sub county councillor engaging withthe pozzolana miners at Harugongo

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Artisanal Miners in Harugongo Sub County, Kabarole District have laid down their tools protesting delayed payment.

Pozzolana is a fine, sandy volcanic ash, which can form compounds possessing cement-like properties. It can be used for making concrete structures or combined with other elements to fortify cement.

Miners in Kichwamba and Harugongo sub-county are making huge profits selling the pozzolana to Hima Cement Factory. Hima in turn uses it to manufacture Portland cement.

The more than 100 miners under their umbrella Harugongo Youth Development and Miners Association are demanding more than 30 Million Shillings for the past four weeks.

The association was sub-contracted by GEMs international Limited to supply Pozzolana to Hima Cement.

The miners say their efforts to seek redress from the leaders of the association have not yielded any fruits.

//Cue in : mbere nkugenda....

Cue out: card zomulimo//

The miners who preferred anonymity for fear of reprisals said they have worked for four weeks without pay yet they are supposed to be paid after every two weeks.

Michael Byaruhanga the Secretary for the Association said they have received communication from GEMs International Limited who have promised to pay the miners.

//Cue in : galimazima abairemu delay …..

Cue out: within this week”//

Peter Ayesiga the chairperson of the association urged the artisanal miners to stay calm as they work out modalities of paying them by the end of the week.

//Cue in: Hati ensonga enu…

Cue out: halimu omuntu”//

Efforts to contact officials from GEMS International were futile.

In September, residents of Harugongo Sub County raised concern about the destruction of the environment caused by the Pozzolana Mining Companies. They argued that the mining activities have put their lives at a risk due to dust, vibration from machines, and flying rocks from sites that have destroyed their houses.