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Uganda Has Deficit of Mining legislation - Kadaga :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Uganda Has Deficit of Mining legislation - Kadaga

The Chair of the Board of Trustees of Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Richard Kaijuka, says if Uganda focuses on minerals in five to 10 years the country would be earning more money than oil.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says there is an urgent need to expedite formulation of legal and regulatory framework of the mining sector. Addressing the 6th Mineral Wealth Conference in Kampala, Kadaga said with all the mineral resources Uganda has, cabinet needs to hurry with legislation to regulate the sector and transform the lives of Ugandans.

Kadaga was responding to appeals by sector players that a lot still remain in policy in order to spur growth in the sector. State Minister for Mineral Development, Peter Lokeris, had reported that amendments to the mining law and review of the policy are in final stages.

In response, Kadaga says the process needs to be expedited because the country has a deficit of legislation in the mining sector. 

The Speaker says it was when investigating illegal sand mining that members of parliament realized that there was no law on sand mining and little and inadequate law on mining generally. Kadaga says when parliament resumes sitting, expediting mining legislation would be part of her communication to the house, promising that she would harass the finance ministry over it for postponing the wealth of Ugandans.

On concern that government has not provided for 20 million dollars for geological survey of Karamoja, Kadaga wondered how money can't be got for such an important venture. The Chair of Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, organizers of the conference, says surveying Karamoja would enrich awareness of the mineral potential of Uganda.

The Commissioner for Mining, Vincent Kedi, says Karamoja was not surveyed due to insecurity then, but now all is clear. Kedi says the Department of Geological Surveys and Mines, is underfunded making it incapable of doing its work well. The Chair of the Board of Trustees of Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Richard Kaijuka, says if Uganda focuses on minerals in five to 10 years the country would be earning more money than oil.

Although Uganda has precious minerals like gold, copper and iron and development minerals like sand, stones and limestone, it generates about 100 billion shillings in royalties and fees. The Head of the United Nations System in Uganda, Rosa Malango, says Uganda's geological data needs to be accessible to all, including artisinal miners and communities where mineral resources are located.

Malango says there is also a need to position micro and small businesses and community organizations to participate in the mining sector and benefit from it.

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