Local leaders in Kassanda District in Uganda are seeking the government District to implement the handover of the Kisita Gold Mine to the private company Kiisita Mining Company.
The President had in October issued a directive to have all illegal miners evicted from Kisita Mines. He in addition, guided that the illegal miners be given a 6-month grace period, for them to voluntarily vacate the mining site.
The Directive was followed by a letter from the Ministry of State for Mineral Development on 24.06.2021, setting 3.11.2021, as the final date, for vacating all illegal and Artisanal miners. As a result, several sensitisation meetings with stakeholders from the Directorate if Geological Surveys and Mines (DGSM), Uganda Revenue Authority, NEMA, Operation Wealth Creation and the Police took place.
On the 3.11.2021, the mine was expected to be fully handed over to Kisita Mining Company Ltd, which was granted a mining lease for 21 years, to carry out prospecting, exploration and mining of Gold, over an area of 873 Hectares, in accordance with the Mining Act. They are expected to convert the vast mineral wealth in the area, by increasing the production level and revenue into tangible benefits to Uganda. The fragmented Artisanal Miners had managed to produce 52.27kgs, from the month of January 2020 to June 2021, under the Kitumbi Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Association. However that is yet to take effect.
In response, the spokesperson for the ministry of energy, Patricia Litho, observed that the ministry is only responsible for handing over the license and doesn’t indulge in the operationalisation of the given license.