Gerald Eneku, the Inspector of Mines in North Eastern Uganda says the license was cancelled after all attempts to have the company back to the site failed. He explains that Jan Mangul hijacked some of the required procedures into the acquisition of the mining lease, something he notes disadvantaged its production in Moroto.
The residents who are drawn from various villages in Rupa Sub County are demanding over Shillings 300 million for leasing more than 100 acres of land in Nanyidik area in Rupa Parish to Sunbelt Company, a mining company dealing in marble.
The metal is a minor byproduct of copper and nickel mining, and only a few places produce meaningful quantities. More than half the worlds supply comes from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Office of the Auditor General says the management assessed royalty and awarded exports for 93 kilograms of gold worth 11.82 billion Shillings. But corroborative reports from the Customs and Excise Department of URA indicated that 5,316 kilos of gold had been exported. The gold exports were valued at close to 700 billion Shillings, according to the Auditor General.
An Australian firm- Black Mountain Resources resumed operations early this year with its first vermiculite orders from North America in April. It has since entered into five supply contracts, which run for 12 months, for supply of material into the UK, Europe and Japan.
Joseph Okedi, an Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Mining in an interview neither denied nor confirmed the allegations that corruption is undermining the sector. Okedi says the Mineral and Mining Policy of 2016 is just one of the reforms in the sector.
Speaking on the sidelines of the African Union AU geological information meeting in Entebbe, the AU Senior Advisor for Trade, Frank Mugyenyi, told Uganda Radio Network that it is intriguing that much of geological data on Uganda and other African countries is actually held by foreigners.