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Uganda:Stop to the concessions of uranium

27 January 2010
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20/07/2007

Alt for exploitation of uranium mines in Uganda. This was decided by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has instructed the Minister of Energy not to conclude new agreements for uranium mining concessions and to create an agency for nuclear energy as part of his ministry. the Vatican agency Fides gave this news.

According to local press reports, the decision was taken following a meeting of reflection of 5 days for Members of the Presidential Party (NRM National Resistance Movement) and after which has been issued a statement in which it appeals the development of a national policy for oil, gas and minerals and to use their proceeds for the benefit of present and future generations.''

In this regard,''the President ordered the Minister of Energy blocks authorizations for the exploitation of newly discovered uranium reserves in the country. He then asked the Ministry to establish an office for nuclear issues,''said the Party General Secretary and Minister of Defence Amama Mbabazi. The first discoveries of uranium in Uganda dates back to 2004. According to a recent report by the Ministry of Energy areas where there is a precious mineral stretching for 18 thousand square kilometers in the region of Buganda, Toro, for 12 thousand square kilometers in area of Karagwe-Ankole, for 900 sq km between Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga for 5 thousand sq km around Lake Edward and for 900 sq km in the Buhwezu plateau.

According to Minister of Energy only in a small portion of these areas have been granted concessions to exploit the mineral for local and foreign companies. There are new geological surveys that could lead to discover more uranium deposits.

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