Kooki Bids Abandoned Kaolin Mineral for Chinese Extraction

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A technical report by Vincent Kato, the former Commissioner at department of Geological Survey and Mines, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development shows that Kaolin deposits worth 1.3 million tones on average were found in the area and recommended for its economic extraction.

The authorities in the Kooki Chiefdom have offered Kaolin, an industrial mineral found in the area for commercial extraction by Chinese investors.

Discovered ten years ago in the Sub Counties of Kagamba, Kyalulangira, Dwaniro and Lwamaggwa in Rakai district, the mineral has only been treaded upon without any mining taking place.

Kaolin is a soft, white material which is used to manufacture; paint, cable insulation, rubber, tiles, insecticides, herbicides, paper, specialty films and fertilizers among others products.

A technical report by Vincent Kato, the former Commissioner at department of Geological Survey and Mines, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development shows that Kaolin deposits worth 1.3 million tones on average were found in the area and recommended for its economic extraction.

The report was a result of a 2005 survey by a team of geologists dispatched by government to research on the viability of the minerals, identify land with potential kaolin deposits and grade the quality and quantity of the mineral.

Erasmus Mugumya Magulumaali, the Kooki chiefdom's Minister for Mineral Development says that although they expected the discovery to boost the area's economy, their hopes have not materialized for over a decade now. 

He adds that they have sought the expertise of Chinese investors after failing to have the minerals directly extracted by government.

Last week, the delegation of Chinese investors from Sichuan province signed an investment partnership with the local authorities in greater Masaka region to help them explore the investment potentials in the respective areas.

Magulumali says they have shortlisted the unattended to valuable kaolin mineral as the chiefdom's investment potential ready for extraction.
 
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Magulumali adds that the Kamuswaga, the cultural head of Kooki chiefdom is ready to offer land for establishing processing plants which are expected to greatly contribute to holistic development of the area and valuable revenue source to the country.
 
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Engineer Benon Mugalula, the Chairperson of China-African investment partnership Uganda, says that they are in stages of identifying more investment potentials in the area to facilitate the new established partnership, saying that Kooki has higher chances of benefiting from it.