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VIDEO: Minister Phiona Nyamutoro survives being shot by Illegal miners

The territorial police in Rubanda District, South Western Uganda, have arrested five private security guards of Wolves security company who tried to block the Minister of state for Mineral Development Hon Phiona Nyamutooro and technical team from accessing an illegal mining site of National cement company.

The incident occurred on Thursday at Butare Katoojo in Muko sub-county, Rubanda district.

“The Minister together with the technical team from the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines accompanied by PMPU went to inspect Iron ore  Exploration License No.EL00340 belonging to STEAM Investments in Muko Rubanda district,” said the regional police spokesperson, Elly Maate.

“They are on country-wide tour and consultative engagement on draft Regulations for Gazetting areas for Artisanal and Small Scale Miners.”

Maate said the Minister received a complaint from directors of STEAM that their Exploration License had been  violated by unknown people who were mining illegally without a license for John Muluri Muyambi and National Cement Company.

“It’s alleged that, on the 20/06/2024 at about 10:00hrs, when the Minister and Team went on ground for fact finding and inspection, the Private security Company on duty refused to open for them, until the Police teams intervened,” said Maate.

After Inspection, the same security guard blocked the convoy and cocked their guns threatening to shoot, according to police.

The Private security guards  were arrested and disarmed.

They have been identified as Deus Kiiza, Robert Okurboth, Anthony Niwagaba, Mathias Kajugo and Robert Mucunguzi.

Maate said, “The Minister and her team are safe and have continued with their scheduled duties.”

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