Rakai Stuck With Unexplored Abandant Kaolin Deposits

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In short
Despite large Kaolin deposits, Kooki County in Rakai district is yet to see any prospecting. Several areas in Kooki where confirmed to have kaolin deposits. In 2006, a team of geologists confirmed discovery of Kaolin deposits in Ddwaniro and Lwamagwa Sub County.

Despite large Kaolin deposits, Kooki County in Rakai district is yet to see any prospecting.
 
Several areas in Kooki where confirmed to have kaolin deposits. In 2006, a team of geologists confirmed discovery of Kaolin deposits in Ddwaniro and Lwamagwa Sub County.
 
Kaolin is used in the manufacture of drugs, chalk, ceramics, insecticides and paint. Uganda still spends billions in importation of kaolin products in the country.
 
Erasmus Mugumya Magulumaali, the Chairperson of Kooki Mineral Development Association, says geologists discovered kaolin deposits at least at 35 sites in Kooki. He however says despite the fact that Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development had indicated interest in large scale exploration, there is no activity yet.
 
Magulumaali says they sent proposals to UK and Arab countries inviting investors to come and tap into the unexplored kaolin minerals but they have not yet received any reply.
 
He also says they want government to extend the power line to Kisaayi village in Ddwaniro Sub County where the mineral is in abundance.
 
According to Magulumaali, lack of power connection to these areas is scaring away potential investors.
 
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Benon Robert Mugabi, the Rakai LC5 Chairman, says they hope Government takes lead in kaolin exploration because the district does not have the capacity. He says if the exploration starts, kaolin will boost the district income and family incomes because of employment opportunities.
 
According to Mugabi, the district is currently struggling to provide services because of poor local revenue.
 
John Kalevu, a resident of Lwanamboga in Byakabanda Sub County, claims that he has several acres of land where Kaolin was discovered. He says he hopes Government attracts investors to these areas so that he earns a living.
 
Kalevu says he is currently stuck with it yet agriculture, his alternative source of income is not paying off either.
 
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has not yet commented on the matter. Ronald Ssegawa, the Under Secretary in the Ministry of Energy said he would call back for a comment after consultation.
 
Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki chiefdom Information Minister says the chiefdom has a big plan for mineral development in the area. He says Kooki looks to Kaolin and other natural resources as income generating activity for the chiefdom.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.

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