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Government move to ban use of mercury in gold mining

Stephen Wafula is a happy gold miner in Nakudi village, Banda Sub County, Namayingo district. The 27-year-old, father of 2 children, says, he switched from agriculture to gold mining last year, after witnessing his colleagues ‘prosper’ from mining. “Unlike farming, there is some money in

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An entrepreneur in Hoima
participating in business training

Grabbing the bull by the horns: GIZ skilling initiative targets 8,000 Ugandans

Employment for Sustainable Development in Africa (E4D) is a GIZ programme that seeks to boost local employment and raise incomes in eight African countries.

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Lands-Minister-Betty-AmongiC-with-Hoima-RDC-Isaac-Kawooyaleft-and-the-Hoima-woman-MP-Tophas-Kaahwa-at-Rwamutonga-village-in-Hoima.Photo-by-Francis-Mugerwa

Rwamutonga land dispute: Minister sets up probe committee

Lands Minister, Betty Amongi, on Monday visited the disputed Rwamutonga land in Hoima District and set up a committee to investigate and establish its rightful owners.

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Some of the children in the make shift cap in Rwamutonga. (Photo: F. Mugerwa)

Bodies pile up as Rwamutonga evictees await Court ruling

At least 27 people have died from diseases and starvation two years after being violently evicted from a disputed chunk of land in Rwamutonga, Hoima District.

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A woman 'washes' the powder using water and mercury to extract the gold.

Uganda is losing money in uncollected royalties and fees-Auditor General

Uganda has lost at least 4.4 billion shillings (approx.1.3 million dollars) in uncollected mineral royalties in the last five years, according to a report from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).

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Petroleum Fund, Stabilisation Fund, Sovereign Wealth Fund

A fund, separate from government’s general budget, which receives part or all of the revenues from natural resources.  Norway, Chile and some oil producing countries in the Middle East have created such funds.   The money is invested, rather than spent, so that future generations will also have the opportunity to benefit from the present harvesting of natural resources.  Saving some of the revenues for future use also helps to reduce the risk of ‘Dutch Disease.’

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