KAABONG – Panic has gripped people of Kaabong district in Karamoja sub-region after the UPDF recovering assortments of explosives hidden in the camps of expelled Rwandan and Congolese nationals who were mining gold in the area.
The army has confirmed the recovery of explosives, says Division 3 spokesman Maj. Telesphor Turyamumanya.
The explosives were recovered on Wednesday a day after several Rwandan and Congolese nationals left Lopedo gold mining area under the orders of the Deputy resident district commissioner Kaabong Mr. Augustine Modo.
On Tuesday Mr. Modo ordered the miners out of the area on grounds that the gold mining site was turning to be breeding room for criminals.
“When I went to the gold mining site, I was shocked to notice that actually most of the people who were mining gold at the site were not Ugandans. When I asked them who brought them they failed to explain. They could not even show me any document from Uganda’s ministry of minerals. I wanted to arrest them but I just told them to leave immediately,” he said.
Mr. Modo said there were 50 Rwandan nationals mining gold in the area adding that they had no work permits.
Maj. Telesphor Turymumanya the 3rd division spokesperson confirmed the recovery of explosives in the camps of the expelled miners but said they were still carrying out the search promising to get back to this news web later.