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Shortage Of Natural Resources could Trigger Conflicts in Karamoja

However, the depleted resources have been identified as land, water and forest products among others. Above all significant issue is the escalating displacement of locals from the mining sites where they have been earning a living for decades.

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The increasing shortage of natural resources in Karamoja is likely to trigger conflict as opposed to cattle rustling, stakeholders have warned.

 

However, the depleted resources have been identified as land, water and forest products among others. Above all, significant issue is the escalating displacement of locals from the mining sites where they have been earning a living for decades.

 

Mark Musooka, the District chairperson Moroto confirms the anticipated conflicts over natural resources saying the sub region maybe headed for trouble. He explains that government for the last decade has been fighting the traditional cattle rustling but it may not be the case now with resources.

 

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Simon Nangiro, the chairperson of Karamoja Miner’s Association, says the conflict is envisaged among inter-Karamoja boundaries. He explains that several sub counties are now fighting over borders over mineral deposits.

 

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Isaac Kaabong, an official with Karamoja Extractive mineral sector, an organization charged with creating mineral awareness in the sub region wants transparency. He asks for the gap between traditional leadership and government to be bridged so as to ensure proper accountability. He notes that this can be done by government allowing plain information flow among the people. He adds that harmonizing information could scale the impending conflicts in the sub region.

 

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So far, 17,083.34 hence 61.6 percent of the 27,700 square kilometres of the total land of Karamoja is licensed to exploration and exploitation activities. And over 50 foreign including Ugandan companies with 136 concessions are exploring or mining in the sub region.