EA fingered in $400m worth of DR Congo gold smuggled to Uganda
Saturday February 8 2014
UN says businessmen teamed up with soldiers and politicians to steal mineral, shipped out via Uganda, Tanzania. TEA Graphic
The latest United Nations report assessing the gold smuggling racket points out that this money is being used as a source of financing for the wars raging in the eastern DR Congo.
The report names three Uganda-based families as “major illegal gold exporters in 2013.”
Armed conflict, corruption, poor quality of life for citizens and illegal mineral exploitation and interference from neighbouring countries in pursuit of mineral wealth remain major sources of instability in the DR Congo.