Hundreds of artisanal gold miners from Namayingo and
neighboring districts have descended a suspected new gold site at Butebei A village in
Mutumba sub-county to start mining.
Gold was reportedly discovered by some residents
who were quarrying marram in the village and discovered that some of the
marram had apparent gold cores. When they crushed them, they discovered what they believe to be real gold and they
informed the land owner who mobilized locals to come and do gold mining.
More artisanal miners have been flocking in from Busia, Mayuge and Bugiri and from within Namayingo itself.
Ayub Mugowa, Asiina Nabirye, and Shafiq Wandera among other
artisanal miners says that they have come to mine gold so that they can get out
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Cue out:…mba mukirombe
Alex Busagwa, the Namayingo district natural resources officer says that they have not fully ascertained whether there is gold or not, for so far he has not witnessed gold in the area.
He says that the increasing number of artisanal miners in
the area is destroying the environment since they are digging several deep pits
in search for gold cores.
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Cue out:…had gold mining.”//
Ronal Sanya, the Namayingo district L.C.V chairman says that
the continuous discovery of gold pits is putting life of people at risk that
some of them are dying, so authorities are coming up with stringent measures to
fight the hazard.
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Barasa Ogajo, the Namayingo resident district commissioner- RDC says that they are setting up security measures to fight crime
in the mining areas.