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Anti Corruption Unit Orders Arrest of Errant CID Officer Over Gold Mining

The Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of State House headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema on wednesday ordered for the arrest of one Caleb Tasobya, a CID officer attached to Uganda Police Mining Protection Unit.

The announcement was made during a meeting comprising of the Police Chiefs, Kisita Mining company and the Uganda Revenue Authority held at  the Anti Corruption offices at the Parliamentary building.

This development comes after a long standing feud between Uganda Police Mining Protection Unit and kasita Mining Company in which the police is accused of frustrating the company’s gold mining operations in Mubende.

The mining company says that the police has instead granted access to the mine to over 500 local miners who have no shareholding or interest in the company.

Tasobya is accused of disobeying lawful orders from his superiors and frustrating the efforts of investors who have secured operational license to do business in the Mining sector.

The meeting also directed the CID to obtain a statement from the Commandant Uganda Police Mineral Protection Unit, ASP. Keigomba Keska for denying access to Kisita Gold Mining Company to the site in Kasanda District after the company had invested shillings 28 billion into the Gold mining project and instead supported illegal miners.

A group photo of the officials attending the Meeting at the State House-Anti- Corruption Unit office

The police and the mining company have been at loggerheads over the mining operations, a row that saw  Mustafa Semils Feigil, the Manager Kisita Mining Company arrested by the Police Mineral Protection Unit at Jinja road and charged with illegal mining in earlier this year, before dropping the charges.

Nakalema appealed to the AIGP Asuman Mugenyi, police director operations to quickly and transparently investigate the matter.

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State Minister for Mineral Development, Hon. Sarah Opendi also directed Uganda Police Mineral Protection Unit to hand over the Mining site to Uganda Revenue Authority for management, effective today.

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