SUNDAY, 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020: MINERALS
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|26||Sunday||13th September 2020||Minerals|
|27||Monday||14th September 2020||Tourism and Hospitality|
|28||Tuesday||15th September 2020||Housing and Construction|
|29||Wednesday||16th September 2020||Entertainment and Celebration|
|30||Thursday||17th September 2020||Sports and Recreation|
|31||Friday||18th September 2020||International Cooperation|
|32||Saturday||19th September 2020||International Geopolitics|
|33||Sunday||20th September 2020||Africa, Israel and the Nations|
|34||Monday||21st September 2020||The Executive|
|35||Tuesday||22nd September 2020||Cabinet|
|36||Wednesday||23rd September 2020||Local Government|
|37||Thursday||24th September 2020||Public Service|
|38||Friday||25th September 2020||The Army and the Reserve Force|
|39||Saturday||26th September 2020||Border Control|
|40||Sunday||27th September 2020||Justice, Law and Order|
|41||Monday||28th September 2020||The Police and LDUs|
|42||Tuesday||29th September 2020||Prisons and Rehabilitation|
|43||Wednesday||30th September 2020||The Legislature|
|44||Thursday||1st October 2020||Political Organizations|
|45||Friday||2nd October 2020||The Electoral Commission|
|46||Saturday||3rd October 2020||The Electorate|
|47||Sunday||4th October 2020||The 2021 Elections|
|48||Monday||5th October 2020||Post- Election to Swearing-in|
|49||Tuesday||6th October 2020||Marketplace Restoration|
|50||Wednesday||7th October 2020||Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029|
|Thursday||8th October 2020||Dedicating 2020/2021|
|Friday||9th October 2020||THANKSGIVING|
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (6 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
Mining is a gift that God gave man at creation. If Adam and Eve had lived in Eden long enough, we would have read of them mining because God told them that the Paradise of Eden extended beneath the surface of the earth. Minerals are God’s creation and mining was God’s idea. God hid them in the ground. Part of man’s designated work is to go to extreme limits to find the things that God has hidden. Almost everything that makes our world work is linked to mining: dining and cooking utensils, household articles, farming equipment, electricity, hospital equipment, vehicles, construction equipment, musical instruments etc.
Stones, precious metals and jewels were part of the adornment of the tabernacle, temple and the dressing of the High Priests. They were symbols of God’s abundant provision to Israel. In describing the Promised Land of Canaan as a new paradise, one of the things promised was that copper and iron would be mined from the hills. God also instructed that the mining products of the pagans who lived in Canaan would be dedicated to His service. In the future New Creation, the minerals described in Scripture are far richer than what is described in Eden and Canaan, and far more glorious than the Tabernacle of Moses and Solomon’s Temple and glory.
Uganda is endowed with over 50 different types of minerals and ranks among the countries in Africa with the biggest number of minerals although the potential for viable exploitation has not yet been established for most of the minerals. Our list of minerals resources includes copper, cobalt, tin, diamond, gold, petroleum, chronite, magnetite, uranium, and iron ore among others. Non metallic resources include talc, mica, graphite, limestone, feldspar, diatomite, glass, kaolin, phosphate, nickel, beryl, gypsum, kaolin, clays, lime, salt, soapstone, vermiculite, cement, pozzolanic and rare earth elements. Lake Katwe has three salt products: rock salt blocks, salt crystals, and salty muds, which are primarily sold to farmers as salt licks. Western Uganda is estimated to contain 6.5 billion barrels of oil reserves, about 1.4 billion barrels of which are estimated to be economically recoverable. Additionally, promising oil fields have been discovered near Lake Albert. According to the department of geology survey and mines, Uganda has 55 million metric tonnes of recoverable iron ore deposits. Currently Uganda’s mining activities are focused on the extraction of cobalt, gold, copper, iron ore, tungsten, steel, tin and other industrial products like cement, diamonds, limestone, salt and vermiculite.
However the mining sector is poorly developed. The mining industry in Uganda reached peak levels in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the sector accounted for up to 30% of Uganda’s export earnings. However, political and economic instability experienced in the country in the 1970s and global economic slowdown led the sector to decline drastically. Mining in Uganda takes place against a history of land-related conflict and there are significant gaps between policy and practice in how mining companies operate.
The Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, which has a mandate to work for the benefit of the Ugandan people, officially runs Uganda’s mining sector. Minerals in Uganda are owned by the State in trust for the citizens. Mining in Uganda is carried out by a combination of officially registered mining companies (both local and international) and artisanal and small-scale miners.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
1 TIMOTHY 4:4-5
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with
thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and
herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys.
“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine.
Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. Man puts an end to darkness and searches out to the farthest limit the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives; they are forgotten by travelers; they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro. As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire. Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
“That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
The proud beasts have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it.
“Man puts his hand to the flinty rock and overturns mountains by the roots.
He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing.
He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.
“I will go before you and level the exalted places,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From
every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the
contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze…
“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without
scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”
“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of
bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
1 CHRONICLES 22:3-5
David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as
well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the
Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.
1 CHRONICLES 22:14
With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add.
1 CHRONICLES 29 1-11
And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house, and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?”
Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
1 KINGS 10:1,2
Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones…
1 KINGS 10:10
Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious
1 KINGS 10:11
Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great
amount of almug wood and precious stones.
I Kings 10:14-17
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, besides that which came from the explorers and from the business of the merchants, and from all the kings of the west and from the governors of the land. King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels of gold went into each shield. And he made 300 shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
1 KINGS 10:21,22
All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon. For the king had a fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold, silver…
1 KINGS 10:27
And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone…
ISAIAH 60: 1-6
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to
A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace and your taskmasters righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street
of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”
WORSHIP GOD THE CREATOR OF GOLD SILVER AND EVERY PRECIOUS STONE
THANK GOD FOR:
- The abundant endowment that God gave Uganda in minerals.
- The leadership at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
- The private sector enterprises that are working in the mining sector.
- The efforts at revamping of the Minerals Policy Framework. Different mineral policies have been developed to improve the sub sector regulation e.g. the Mining Policy of Uganda 2001, the Mining Policy of Uganda 2003, the Mineral Laboratory Policy and Minerals Policy 2018.
- Uganda’s Mining and Minerals Policy 2018 that is aimed at helping the country achieve maximum economic gains from its natural resources. It brings in some national ownership in mining companies and makes value addition mandatory
- The Government initiatives to develop mineral infrastructure e.g. the construction of the Mineral Beneficiation Centre and the Sukulu Comprehensive Project.
- The discovery of oil and its potential contribution to the economy
PROCLAMATION FOR THE MINERAL SECTOR
A Declaration Of What We Are Praying For And What We See As God Answers Prayer
God is raising leaders at all levels in the mining and minerals sector in Uganda that will steward with righteous and justice, the abundant mineral resources He put here. These are men and women that will have been delivered from the spirit of mammon and greed. They will hate dishonest gain and will be transparent and accountable. They will be competent leaders that will steward the mineral sector so that our resources are properly harnessed and used without destroying our environment.
There will be good responsible management of the mineral sector with effective planning and coordination for present and future generations. More National Mining companies will be established to ensure that commercial interests are effectively managed for the good of all citizens.
The issuance of mining licenses will be transparent.
Indigenous artisanal miners will be given priority in order to boost the general economic wellbeing
and development of mineral host communities.
Rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders will be clearly articulated and publicized, and so will
codes of conduct that allow communities to engage with stakeholders.
A system that is transparent, and accountable, with environmental and social safeguards will be
Shadow systems that benefit predatory investors and a powerful few will be disbanded as
transparency comes to the sector
Loopholes and regulatory failings that abet corruption will be closed.
Polices that set standards and prevail over self-interest, corruption, mismanagement, and political
patronage will be formulated and robustly enforced.
Uganda will be delivered from opportunists, speculators, exploiters, fraudsters and swindlers in the
Poorly qualified companies will not get licenses based on their connections, at the expense of well-
qualified and conscientious companies.
Illegal mining and selfish exploitation of Uganda’s mineral resources will be stopped.
The environment will be taken care of as the gift of minerals is harnessed with respect.
Those who underpay or failure to pay taxes, mineral rents and royalties will be flashed out. Public officials, politicians, lawyers, foreign backed investors and all those who bend or break the rules in the exploitation of Uganda’s mineral wealth at the expense of ordinary people and the country’s long-term development will be judged and flashed out.
Power over mining and minerals will devolve and not concentrated in a few hands The safety of the miners will be ensured.
Ugandans will no longer be dispossessed of their inheritance as greedy individuals and companies
drive them off their land.
Rather the acquisition of land for mining will be consultative, premised on sufficient compensation
or acquisition of equity in the mining ventures.
Local governments and communities will be safeguarded from exploitation, made aware of mining and land laws and activities happening in their locations, and empowered to effectively monitor the activities of the mining companies.
Mineral conflicts will be curtailed as robust conflict resolution mechanisms are installed and
Uganda’s mineral resources will be sustainably utilized for the socio-economic development of the
country and for export.
Multitudes of jobs will be created and tax revenues generated for developing economy from the
Royalties from minerals will be equitably shared between the central and local governments
mineral hosting communities and landowners.
Mining will drive industrialization as value addition takes centre stage
Uganda will achieve its tremendous potential in this sector and become a major exporter of value