The militia-linked Aljuneid Company officially handed over the gold mines in North Darfur to the Sudanese government, said the Ministry of Energy and Mining on Wednesday.
Aljuneid is seen as the investment arm of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under the command of Mohamed Hamdan Daglo ’Hemetti’ who is also a leading member of the Transitional Sovereign Council.
Since last December it was reported that the company, which is accused of smuggling gold to the UAE markets and keeping its income outside Sudan, had started arrangements to hand over gold mining areas in Jebel Amer to the transitional government but nothing was announced officially.
In a short statement on Wednesday, the mining ministry announced that the Jebel Amer gold mines have become the property of the Sudanese government represented by the Ministry of Energy and Mining.
“Aljuneid also waived its right for the remainder of the license granted to the company in the area for the government of Sudan represented by the Ministry of Energy and Mining,” further said the statement.
The Jabal Amer area is estimated at 26km where there are four large gold mines. Its daily production of gold is estimated between eight to ten kilograms.