The haunting legacy of Kilembe mines

Seeking redemption. A section of the dilapidated Kilembe mines in Kasese District. FILE PHOTO

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Part III. In July last year, a committee instituted to advise government on the Kilembe mines lease recommended the termination of the contract for Tibet Hima Mining Company, a Chinese company, which three years earlier had been granted a 30-year concession for the once vibrant copper/cobalt mines. Close to a year after the concession was terminated, the status quo hangs in balance, writes Frederic Musisi.

Officially, Tibet Hima Mining Company (THMCOL)’s concession for Kilembe mines stands terminated as President Museveni ordered last June and as per the recommendations of the winding-up commission, which was established to study the salient issues leading to THMCOL’s non-performance. The commission’s report was submitted to government on October 31 last year.
Unofficially, multiple government sources talked to say they do not know what is next.
At the heart of the matter, sources say, has been the lobbying to have THMCOL “pardoned” but under revised terms.

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