Local authorities in Kichwamba Sub County Kabarole district have stopped the mining of Pozzolana a sandy volcanic ash used in to fortify cement. Authorities say truck owners collecting the material from the area damage the road yet they do not pay any money to the sub county. Pozzolana is mainly mined in Harugongo and Nyantaboma parishes. The miners sell the material to construction companies, builders and Hima cement factory. Sam Tumusiime the LC2 Chairman Harugongo says roads in his area have become impasseable. He wants money collected from the truck drivers to be used to repair the roads. According to Tumusiime, the sub county is using other resources to repair the roads, without a contribution from the primary causers of the damage. //Cue in: iwe have stopped#i Cue out: i#so important.i/ Kicwamba sub- county has been charging truck drivers unspecified amounts of toll fees depending on the tonnage of Pozzolana carried by the truck. The collection was not streamlined and some drivers dodged the fee by collecting the materials at night. Residents who have sell the material want the route opened. Richard Muhumuza of Harugongo says it's unfair for the authorities to stop the mining because it's his only source of income. Robert Kachope another resident says authorities should deal with the truck drivers but not stop the mining. James Rwakijuma, chairman of Kichwamba Pozzolana Miners Association says they will hold meetings with the sub county authorities to demand the resumption of their work. Richard Baguma, the chairman Kabarole truck drivers association says drivers stopped paying toll fees to the sub county because they were unrealistically high. Roger Muhindo, the acting procurement officer Hima Cement Factory says stopping the mining of Pozzolana will not affect the operations of the factory since they have six months worth of stock.
Updated: 19 May, 16:4216:42
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