Phosphate mining to start after government agrees with residents

Tuesday February 25 2014

By Paul Gonza

Tororo- Government has agreed with land owners in Osukuru Hills on a road map for the establishment of a phosphate factory in Tororo.

The $560million (about Shs140 trillion) project comes two years after a standoff between the land owners and Dong Song Energy Company, the investors, over land.

The resolution to come up with the road map was arrived at during a consultative meeting held at Rock Classic Hotel in Tororo, chaired by the Lands minister, Mr Daudi Migereko. Officials from the ministry of Justice, Tororo District, land owners and local leaders of Osukuru Sub-county attended.

In 2013, government offered an exploration license to Dong Song Energy Company to establish the location, quantity and quality of phosphates, iron and other minerals in Osukuru hills.
But for almost a year the exploration activities could not go on due to resistance from the land owners in 14 villages.

“The work of the investor should not be stopped because we have lost a lot of time, the investor should be allowed to start exploration and establishment of a factory to start mining phosphates and iron,” Mr Migereko said.

According to Mr Migereko, the road map will focus on how to engage the local population regarding the project, determine who owns the land where the minerals are.

Tororo District Chairperson Emmanuel Osuna said the meeting had cleared out the mistrust that had fueled the delay of the project.