Mining sector is time bomb DAILY NEWS Reporter Daily News; Wednesday,July 09, 2008 @20:03 THE Presidential Committee on Mining Review has warned of potential instability in the near future should the government fail to address the effects of mining activities on the lives of people. People who have been affected by mining activities should be given consideration and the government should work hard to improve relations between locals and mining companies, the committee recommended in its report. The committee also warned in their report that there would be trouble if the mining sector does not contribute to the improvement of peoples welfare. Matters such as insufficient compensations, misplacing people from mining areas without resettling them in alterative areas and bad neighbourliness has caused a lot of tensions, which need to be resolved quickly, the report states. People have started losing faith in their government and the only way to restore confidence is by making sure that all matters affecting the lives of people due to mining activities are dealt with once they happen. The only way to ensure peace and stability in mining areas is by finding ways of resolving all issues concerning the welfare of people living in those areas, the report emphasizes. The report also recommended that the employees of Buhemba mine and Kiwira coal mine be paid immediately. The Buhemba mine stopped operations on short notice without considering the welfare of its workers and they should be paid immediately, the report recommends. Of the Kiwira coal mine, the report states that the mine was privatized in 2005 but some of its former employees are yet to be paid their entitlements.