Uganda to Ban Exportation of Unprocessed Minerals

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The suggestion was presented to members of the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, at the opening of a caucus retreat in Kyankwanzi last evening. He explained that some of Uganda's minerals such as iron ore in Kanungu have been exported unprocessed pointing out a case of one individual who signed a contract worth US $300,000 to export unprocessed iron ore from Kanungu.

 
President Yoweri Museveni has suggested a ban on the exportation of unprocessed minerals in the country.
 
The suggestion was presented to members of the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, at the opening of a caucus retreat in Kyankwanzi last evening.  He explained that some of Uganda's minerals such as iron ore in Kanungu have been exported unprocessed pointing out a case of one individual who signed a contract worth US $300,000 to export unprocessed iron ore from Kanungu.

"Make it a culture not to allow minerals to go out of this country unprocessed. We must educate our people to defend our economy; I do not want to be part of these historical mistakes", Museveni told the legislators before asking them to support the ban.

The President also expressed concern over the exportation of vermiculite- a vital mineral exploited from Mbale, Eastern Uganda. He says Uganda loses billions of shillings in the export, yet the trend also stifles government plans to create jobs in the sector.

"How can people export vermiculite when I don't know, that they do things without my knowledge", Museveni said warning that people who export unprocessed minerals must be stopped.

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President Museveni told the same meeting that his wealth creation message seems to have yielded no fruit considering the wide imbalance between the population in the service sector and that in subsistence farming.  According to the 2002 population census figures, 32% of the population was in services sector, leaving another 68% depending on subsistence farming.

Museveni said that in order to overcome the imbalance, Government has refocused its priorities to resource endowment of the country, human capital and organizing markets, in Uganda and abroad.

Three funds on Research, Innovation and commercialization are envisaged to deal with the human development challenges, he said.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.