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Hima Cement Factory Okays Use of Artisanal Miners in Pozzolana Mines :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Hima Cement Factory Okays Use of Artisanal Miners in Pozzolana Mines

On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding-MOU between Hima Cement Factory and Pozzolana Miners and Transporters Association was signed at Harugongo Primary School. Hima agreed to employ the miners to extract Pozzolana and supply the factory.
Hima Cement Factory has okayed the use of artisanal miners to extract Pozzolana in Kabarole district.

Last year, the Energy and Mineral Development Ministry suspended the use of excavators in Pozzolana mines in Harugongo and Kichwamba Sub Counties in Kabarole district.

The suspension followed complaints from artisan miners that the use of excavators had rendered them jobless yet mining Pozzolana has been their source of live hood for over two decades.

But Hima Cement factory insisted that they are not ready to employ causal labourers because they are inefficient.

Royal Transit Company which had been contracted by Hima to extract Pozzolana was using the excavator.

On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding-MOU between Hima Cement Factory and Pozzolana Miners and Transporters Association was signed at Harugongo Primary School.

Hima agreed to employ the miners to extract Pozzolana and supply the factory.

In the MOU, the two parties also agreed that Hima will always buy at least 1 ton of Pozzolana at 25,000 shillings, the artisanal miners must not employ school going children in the mines and among others.

Simon Aliganyira, one of the Pozzolana miners, commended Hima for listening to their grievances and allowing them back into business, which will improve on their household incomes.