Crime

SEVEN BURIED ALIVE IN BUSIA GOLD PITS

By UG Reports

BUSIA: Seven people have been buried alive in gold pits in Busia district within nine months.
The incidences occurred between May 2021 and February 2022 in Buteba, Sikuda, Busitema sub-counties and Tiira town council.

Report from Busia central police station indicate that three cases were reported by Greenstone gold mining company where the deceased allegedly broke into their mining areas to steal gold core.

While as four other cases were reported in the open pits dug by artisanal miners. Preliminary police findings show that the people who die in the gold pits enter the unprotected pits to steal the gold cores where they end up being buried by the loose soil.

Timothy Pido, the officer-in-charge of the Criminal Investigations Department {CID} at Busia central police station, says that some of the artisanal miners enter pits that are about 100feet deep without protective gears and suffocate to death due to inadequate oxygen.

He appealed to the pit owners and gold mining companies to deploy security guards to protect their pits and get mining protective gears to reduce the increased cases of death.

Kenned Otema and Joan Akumu, the artisanal gold miners in the Tiira town council say that most of the gold mines are too deep, where most of them cannot reach.

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”They enter the existing old pits to collect the remaining gold cores so that they can sell and earn survival,” they noted.

 

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