5 Buried Alive in Ibanda Gold Mine

Locals descend down the mine where their colleagues are said to have been buried

Majority of Ugandans cannot access Facebook and Twitter on their mobile gadgets after being disconnected by telecommunication companies on orders of high ranking security officials, medical Chimp Corps report.

Sources told this website that the order was effected Wednesday night as the country braced for a highly competitive election exercise.

“This is a security measure to protect the country after it became clear that some individuals were using social media to incite violence, remedy ” said a well placed security official on Thursday morning.

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The election exercise is underway with voters selecting their preferred candidates for the positions of President, here MP and Woman MP.

The source who sought anonymity so as to speak freely said blocking social media platforms on mobile gadgets was a “pre-emptive move to avoid possible bloodshed.”

Asked why Mobile Money networks were off, the source also pointed out that “politicians were using it to bribe voters on the eve of the election.”

Pressed to explain when the networks would be restored, this official responded: “We will first assess the situation. If stability is maintained, then the social media platforms and mobile money network will be back on by Saturday.”

Several Ugandans are using VPN software on their mobile gadgets to get around the social media restrictions.

The slowing down of networks has angered many with activists saying the move borders on censuring freedom of expression.
The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II this morning at around 8:30 surprised the people of Kireka a Kampala suburb, no rx showing up at their polling stations to thank them for actively participating in the voting exercise.

Donning an orange jacket and black cap, this web the Kabaka arrived at the Kireka A Polling station on Thursday morning from his Palace in Banda amidst excitement and ululations from the voters in the area.

At the polling station, order he found that polling materials had delayed for more than one and a half hours, and voters patiently waited in the long lines.

Speaking briefly to the locals, the Kabaka asked them to embrace the voting exercise and convince others to do the same, noting that this was one of their most important roles as citizens.

By Publication time, The King was expected speak to the press as he proceeded to the other polling stations in the township.
Five people were at the start of the week crushed dead inside a gold mine in Ibanda district in western Uganda.

The tragic incident happened on Monday February 15th in Keitana village, and Nyarukiika Parish. Residents are certain all five are dead as the open mine buried them and efforts to retrieve them  remained futile.

The rudimentary excavators used according to local authorities, were still unable to locate the bodies.

Keneth Wodeya the In-charge of Ibanda Police fire brigade and rescue services said the rocky terrain of the area where the miners were buried was difficult to dig up.

John Mary Babisibiremu, the LCIII chairperson of Rukiri Sub County identified the deceased as Kakuru Kyereta, Yisto Busingye, Peter Mujurizi, Deo Kasokoyi and Fred Ruhinda, all residents of Nyarukiika.

“We have severally warned the locals to be cautious about their safety but sadly most of them believe they are sufficiently skilled for the job,” he said.

The equipment used to try to dig up the miners was still unsuccessful

The equipment used to try to dig up the miners was still unsuccessful

Fred Tukundane a resident in the gold field said this tragic incident was the first of its kind in the area in last 25 years he has been in this business, and called it an “eye opener.”

Relatives, friends and locals were still camping at the site of the incident with hope of recovering their colleagues.

The earth moving equipment provided by the area Member of Parliament Eng John Byabagambi and the district chairperson Melichiadis Kajwengye to retrieve the victims were by publication time still clearing the stones covering the pit where the five people were buried, about 60 feet below the ground.

The Ibanda Resident District commissioner Elias to Akatuheebwa suspended the mining site with immediate effect.


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