By Frederick Anyine
The chairperson committee of Parliament in charge natural resources Dr Keefa Kiwanuka has asked the government to permit Buhweju artisinal minors to be allowed to remain with casual gold mining for domestic income generation until government sorts out the challenge.
He clarified that gold mining in Buhweju district is one of the main sources of income that maintains and cares for their families in addition to paying school fees.
This was revealed at one day visit by the committee of parliament constituting sixteen parliamentarians to gold mines in Buhweju district in Kashenyi-Kajani town council
The woman member Parliament Buhweju district Hon Olive Koyekyenga Katwesigye urged the government to consider the conditions of these people before they are chased away as cockroaches without compensation.
The MP Buhweju constituency Hon Francis Mwijukye said the case of Buhweju is different because gold mining in not gazzeted and people shouldn’t be chased away from their survival without providing alternative.
The spokesperson Buhweju artisanal miners Beinomugisha Deusdedit asked the government to permit artisinals continue mining their gold for them who are contributing to national economy not like foreign investors who send money back to their mother countries however they welcome foreign investors in the area.
The MP Rwampara and member of parliamentary committee natural resources Charles Ngabirno urged the government to regularise artisinal mining to be able to reach compromise for being Ugandans and work out modality of supporting and teaching them on how to manage gold business since golf mining is main source of income generation.
The district chairperson Buhweju John Asiimwe urged the government to amend the mining law to allow indigenous people continue mining as business to control crime rate and sustain income to permit all children go and remain in schools