Uganda speaks against gold smuggling

Government intensifies efforts to fight against gold smuggling. Photo: 123RF

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Ugandan Chamber of Mines and Petroleum chairman Elly Karuhanga recently applauded efforts initiated towards arresting the scourge of rampant gold smuggling corroding the country.

Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum represents the interests of private players in minerals and petroleum sectors.

Updating the media on developments within the minerals, oil and gas sector recently, Karuhanga urged the government to intensify its efforts in the fight against the syndicates and also appreciated measures implemented by the government in the fight against gold smuggling.

“We condemn the gangs that are trying to turn Uganda into a smuggling hub,” said Karuhanga.
“The country has a gang of criminals engaged in gold activities. We pledge our support for the mining police.”

Previously, the government raised concern on the escalating reports of gold smuggling led by various groups.

Karuhanga also expressed concern that Uganda’s gold is traded international yet the country is not benefitting anything out of such initiatives.

He further challenged the government to initiate necessary requirements to assist in the development of the extractive sector.

Meanwhile, Karuhanga also urged the government to tighten screws on those sitting on mining licenses and those with multiple licenses.

 “Anyone with more than one licence and has no proof of activity, must immediately surrender it or be asked to pay for them,” he stated.

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