Anthony Rugasira, the supervisor of Zanack Holdings, says the company has only been issuing bursaries to the children of fallen miners. He also says they have improved the safety of miners, which has drastically reduced loss of lives.
Zanack holdings is on the spot for
alleged failure to compensate miners killed in the line of duty at its tin mining
site in Mwerasandu in Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district. At least 15 artisanal
miners had died in the mines in their line of duty from 2016 to date.
Some of those who have lost their
lives in the mines include Duncan Kamwesiga, Milton Karuhanga, Jonan
Niwahereza, Johnson Makepu, Latibu Nasasira, Mohamed Kadugaara, John Muhumuza and
Amos Taremwa, all residents of Ntungamo district.
Hope Komukama, the widow of Duncan
Kamwesiga who was killed in the mines in April this year, says when her husband
died the company only sent a condolence. The mother of three says she has been
battling to provide for her three children without any support from Zanack
Herbert Byemana says when his
brother died in the mines, the company promised to support his family but
nothing has been done.
Edward Natamba, the Executive Director at South Western
Institute for Policy and Advocacy, says the failure by the company to ensure
that the miners operate in a safe environment and compensate the families of
the dead is a bad practice that must be addressed.
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Anthony Rugasira, the supervisor of Zanack
Holdings, says the company has only been issuing bursaries to the children of
fallen miners. He also says they have improved the safety of miners, which has
drastically reduced loss of lives.
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Rugasira also says the company has
been trying to stream line activities at the mines by registering the miners
and supporting them to start an association to advocate for their demands.
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Moses Sserunjogi, the manager Zanack
Holdings, says they have tried their best to improve the working environment
for the miners.
He says that they also register all miners to ensure that they
are accounted for in case of any eventuality.
George Bakunda, the Ntungamo Resident
District Commissioner, says they have received concerns from the miners, saying
efforts underway to ensure that they are addressed once and for all.