The Senior Mines Monitoring Officer (MMO) in the Lower Bambara Chiefdom Kenema District Amidu O. Wurie has called on illicit miners operating within the Chiefdom to immediately desist from mining in towns and villages as the law will not leave any stone unturned in dealing with defaulters.
He made this pronouncement through a public notice delivered to the press in Kenema City, which revealed that the mines monitoring officer is accusing illicit miners at Backstreet in Tongo Field, Tongola and Pandembu as some of the communities where town mining is presently taking place within the Chiefdom.
The public notice also called on the illicit miners in such areas to stop with immediate effect to avoid the full penalty of the law as the act of town mining is a violation of the 2009 new Mining Act for Sierra Leone.
He also disclosed that the government has dispatched a team of intelligence officers to the areas with powers to arrest for immediate prosecution of defaulters.
He also called on illegal dealers of precious minerals resources in the District in particular and the country in general to obtain dealers licenses as stipulated in the Mining Policy of Sierra Leone to avoid total embarrassment.
The public notice warned all those engaged in illicit mining within the Tongola community and the whole District to desist forthwith stating that the law is no respecter of person and ignorance of the law is no excuse.
By Saffa Moriba