Gatumba leaders, residents join efforts in conserving environment
Ngororero District residents have joined local authorities in Gatumba sector in a project to reconstruct various places and infrastructure ruined due to mining activities which left the surroundings in shambles.
The nearby residents and miners were the first to work on covering old mines especially because they have been directly and negatively affected by soil erosion, water pollution and the presence of mosquito breeding sites.
Residents made it a point to cover up all places that have been used for mining purposes in the past years that were not covered up by the miners as expected.
Some of initiatives taken include planting of trees and educating miners about the importance of environmental protection.
The mining society operating in this area known as Gatumba Mining Concession (GMC) helped local people in covering up the used mines by providing seedlings and labour for tree planting.
Bustan Sebitereko the environmental officer in Ngororero district thanked Gatumba residents for the courage to maintain environment.
He blamed miners who do not put environment in consideration and instead destroy it. The Ministry of Natural Resources said it has noted the problem and is ready to punish such poor mining methods with negative impact to the environment.