Kasese – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that government will soon revamp the Kilembe copper mines in Kasese district for job creation and industrialization.
Addressing a rally at Karambi play grounds in Kasese district yesterday President Museveni said that the revamped Kilembe mines will be able to produce more things than what was produced in the past.
“We are not only going to get copper but even cobalt and other minerals. The copper that will be mined will be a major raw material for the cable and transformer factory that will be established at the district industrial park,” he said.
Earlier this week, the State Minister for Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite told reporters that over 28 companies have expressed interest in taking over the defunct mines at Kilembe after government in October 2017 terminated a 25-year concession that had been granted to Tibet Hima Mining Company Limited to revamp the mines.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development cancelled the concession on grounds that Tibet Hima had failed to execute its mandate as prescribed in the concession.
Minister Anite said on Tuesday that: “We need to do due diligence. Cabinet agreed on a production sharing agreement. We don’t want to just give out powers and our natural resources to a foreign investor”.
While in Kasese, the President also lauded the people of Kasese for now being united saying that divisions had caused the district to lag behind in terms of development.
Because of the land shortage in the district, the President urged the people of Kasese to identify and select farming enterprises that can be implemented on a small piece of land.
“Crops such as cotton, maize, tea, tobacco among others should be grown by farmers who have over 100 acres of lands not those with small pieces of land,” he said before advising them to focus on fruit growing, poultry, piggery, mushrooms among other farming enterprises that require less land to generate wealth.
Godfrey Katusabe, the Member of Parliament for Bukonzo West commended the National Resistance Movement government for the infrastructure developments such as roads, schools, health Centers and electricity.
The district chairperson, Sibendire Bigogo asked President Museveni to sign into law the recently passed Uganda Wildlife Bill, 2017 that seeks to provide for compensation for loss of life and property caused by animals escaping from wildlife protected areas.
In response, the President said government is soon erecting an electric fence to stop the animals, “especially in areas where the park borders human settlements.”
The President also revealed that government will intensify irrigation to support agriculture.
“Government has rehabilitated the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme and we shall support smaller community-driven schemes,” he said.