At least 50,000 people in Amuria District face eviction from their land to pave way for mineral exploration, authorities have said.
The district chairperson, Mr Francis Oluma, said the district got a notification from the government of a Chinese firm that is to carry out the exploration. He, however, said they were yet to receive directions on how the affected would be compensated.
“We have received a notification of the licence that has been given to a Chinese firm but nothing is mentioned on how homes within in the area will be helped,” Mr Oluma said.
He said the affected area lies in Orungo Sub-county at the border with Alebtong District.
An exploration licence was recently granted by the government to M/S Zhonghua Exploration and Mineral Development Company, an Entebbe-based Chinese firm that has since began carrying out ground work in the area.
The district administrative officer, Mr Alfred Malinga, said the three-year exploration work took effect on September 4.
“The licence is subject to the provisions of the Mining Act and the applicable Mining Regulations,” read a September 4, 2012 letter by the acting commissioner for the department of geological survey and mines.