The remarks were made here at the weekend by Geita regional Commissioner, Rosemary Senyamule, saying it was the appropriate time for the Nyakafuru mine to be handed over to the small miners as they have been working at the mine for a very long time not knowing their destiny as some of them have already invested a lot of money.
The RC said she had discussed the issue with Minerals Minister, Dr Doto Biteko on the small miners’ Destiny and said he assured her the issue was being dealt with.
Senyamule was addressing a public meeting at the mine site at the weekend during her working visit in Mbogwe District with the aim of inspecting the Nyakafuru Gold Mine administered by the Isanjabadugu Group and another Swalehe Mine at Masumbwe as well as Mbogwe mineral market.
“Last year, while at Mwanza, the President instructed the mineral office there to locate mining areas for small miners so that they benefit by their country’s resources,” said Geita RC Senyamule.
She said the government will not provide a direct decision and instead the miners should be patient while their government was deliberation on the issue of granting mining licences in the area.
Reading his statement at the meeting, the Secretary General of the Isanjabadugu Mining Group that overseen Nyakafuru Mines activities, Patrick Kasoga said the main challenge they face id lack of mining licences that keep away big miners to invest in their mine.
He said they have already submitted their application to the Mbogwe District Mining Office for further steps, and asked the RC to assist them in the issue.
He also said where there are achievements one cannot miss challenges, and as for now they face the challenge of power outages that has affected production.
He mentioned another challenge as is the lack of mobile phone network, and that he said does not affect miners only but the entire residents of Nyakafuru.
“But on the other hand the Nyakafuru Mine has been able to construct four modern classrooms and teachers’ office at Masumbwe Secondary School all costing 85m/-, 320 desks costing 22.4m/- and two houses for health workers at Nyakafuru dispensary as well as a village office,” he added.
He added that the mine has also constructed six stalls for revenue collection costing 6m/- in various areas of Mbogwe District, the aim being to take closer to the people mining services in the District.