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Gertrude Njuba, Energy Ministry Face Probe over Mubende Mining Deal

The committee established that Njuba and Masagazi’s company; AUC mining Uganda limited, is the same with Anglo-Uganda company, Gemstone International and now Kratas Resources Limited who have reportedly been changing names upon the end of each mining license.
Masagazi before the Natural resources committee

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MPs are considering investigations into reports that presidential advisor Gertrude Njuba connived with Energy Ministry officials to continue mining in Mubende district, an area where the government evicted illegal miners. 

More than 60,000 miners were evicted from the areas of Kitumbi and Bukuya in 2017, a move which also affected a mining license by AUC mining Uganda Limited, a company owned by Gertrude Njuba, and Moses Masagazi. 

However, during a meeting today, the committee discovered that AUC Mining Uganda Limited had reapplied for a license under a new name, Kratas Resources Limited, something which was possibly done with approval from the Ministry of Energy. 

The committee established that Njuba and Masagazi’s company; AUC mining Uganda limited, is the same with Anglo-Uganda company, Gemstone International and now Kratas Resources Limited who have reportedly been changing names upon the end of each mining license. 

Masagazi, who co-owns AUC with Njuba told the committee that following the expiry of their license, for a place they have been in for seven years, they applied through another company Kratas resources limited. 

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Bukuya county MP Michael Bukenya says that the company has been owned by the same Ugandan directors, although it often changes its international directors and dealings made to mine in Mubende. He says the committee has now taken interest in the matter.      

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committee chairperson Keefa Kiwanuka fears that there could be connivance with the Ministry of Energy officials, to have the AUC company continue working by morphing into another company known as Kratas. 

Kiwanuka told the committee that AUC had applied for the license just one hour after the expiration of their license through another company. 

Gertrude Njuba has been operating the gold mines in Mubende since 1986 according to reports.

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