Kampala, Uganda — The Government has suspended the mining license of Kisita mining company over tax default.
According to the State Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Sarah Opendi, the company owes government sh1.2b.
While addressing the media at Uganda Media Center yesterday, Opendi says that mines have been taken over by illegal miners and mafias in Mubende.
“The illegal miners, the mafias that have taken over the mines, I want to appeal to you that if you want to mine, come and apply to us so that you are given a prospecting license, an exploration license, and a mining license,” Opendi said, adding that the Ministry decided to suspend the mining license of Kisiita Mining company.
She said the ministry and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) officials visited the mining sites in Mubende and Kasanga district and found the company mining yet it had been stopped in March.
She said during her team’s visit to the sites, the Police Mineral and Protection Unit refused to give them audience.
The minister, therefore, asked the Police authorities to take action against the officials for allowing the company to mine.