MUHANGA- The Minister of Forestry and Mining has warned residents of Muhanga District against illegal mining activities to avoid accidents.
Christophe Bazivamo, made the call, on Tuesday, while visiting families of victims who lost their lives in a mining accident last week.
Nine people died instantly after a mine caved in at a site in Mpinga cell, Rugendabari sector.
Three others survived with serious injuries and are admitted at Rugendabari Health Centre.
“It is sad that we have lost people in illegal activities, yet such accidents are avoidable,” Bazivamo said.
The minister joined residents in paying respect to the deceased, and on behalf of the government, passed on condolences to the families.
The residents requested the government to accredit private mining companies which will guarantee their security and improve mining activities in the area.