Banro Corporation Intersects Significant Gold Mineralisation in Trenches on its Lugushwa Project

July 8th, 2005

Trench sampling results at Lugushwa include 99 metres grading 4.39 g/t, 83.6 metres at 1.97 g/t and 96 metres at 1.7 g/t of gold

Toronto, Canada - July 8, 2005 - Banro Corporation (“Banro” or the “Company”) (AMEX - “BAA”; TSX Venture Exchange - “BAA”) is pleased to announce positive initial exploration results from the Company’s wholly owned Lugushwa project, located on the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the “DRC”). Initial trench results received from the G20 prospect at Lugushwa are 99 metres grading 4.39 g/t in trench LG-T4, 83.6 metres at 1.97 g/t from LG-T5 and 96 metres grading 1.70 g/t from trench LG-T3.

The Lugushwa trench results received to date, together with locality plans, are found accompanying this press release on the Company’s website (www.banro.com).
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PROSPECT   TRENCH   FROM   TO   LENGTH (metres)   Au (g/t)
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G20         LG-T3     0    96       96.00           1.70
        including    16    25        9.00           2.28
                     37    46        9.00           3.25
                     58    65        7.00           3.18
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G20         LG-T4     0    99       99.00           4.39
        including     2    49       47.00           6.24
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G20         LG-T5    19   102.6     83.6            1.97
        including    34    42        8.00           2.53
                    82.6  102.6     20.00           3.90
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Banro’s current focus of attention on the Lugushwa project is the two kilometre-long, northeast trending G20, G21, D18, D19 and Mapale G7 prospect trend, where the Company is evaluating artisanal workings in oxidised, quartz veins and stockworks in quartz sericitic schists, as well as historical trenching and adits. The three trenches referred to above are located on Prospect G20, which together with Prospects G21, D18 and D19, form a series of prominent hills extending to the northeast over a distance of 1,000 metres.

The three north-orientated trenches are 50 metres apart over a strike length of 100 metres, with mineralization open along strike. Gold mineralization is related to quartz veins and stockworks, with principal northwest and northeast orientation directions. The mineralization appears to represent a northeast trending mineralised stockwork with a width in excess of 100 metres.

The above trench sampling was undertaken at approximately one metre intervals and the above assay composites are uncut. The samples were analysed for gold by fire assay using a 50g sample at S.G.S.’s accredited Mwanza Geochemical Laboratory in Tanzania. Internationally recognised standards and blanks were inserted as part of the Company’s QA/QC analytical procedures.

Trenching is continuing at G20 and G21 and will then be undertaken at D18, D19 and Mapale G7 prospects to better define the mineralised trend prior to drilling later in the year. Adit sampling of historical and artisanal workings is also being undertaken at G20, D18 and Simali.

Ongoing soil sampling and geological mapping are continuing on the 3.2 kilometre long Mapale G7, D18, D19, G20, G21 and Simali mineralised trend. The Company has completed 140 kilometres of gridding and collected a total of 2,630 soil samples. Soil sample results received to date confirm the known prospects and highlight an extension to the west of more than 150 metres to the known D18 mineralised zone. A 400 by 150 metre soil anomaly has also been outlined 500 metres to the northeast of the D19 prospect towards Mapale G7.

A previous study by Steffen, Robertson and Kirsten (UK) Ltd. (“SRK”) of historic data at Lugushwa outlined an Inferred Resource of 37,000,000 tonnes grading 2.3 g/t, equivalent to 2,735,000 ounces of gold (see the Company’s press release dated February 28, 2005).

Commenting on these initial results at Lugushwa, Peter Cowley, President and C.E.O. of the Company, said: “It is encouraging that these initial trench assay results are consistent with the historical data but indicate more extensive zones of gold mineralization compared to the previous data”

Additional information with respect to the Lugushwa property is contained in SRK’s report dated February 2005. A copy of this report can be obtained from SEDAR at www.sedar.com and from the Company’s website at www.banro.com.

In other Banro developments in the DRC, a mobile sample preparation facility has arrived in Bukavu and is being commissioned. This facility should result in a much reduced turnaround time for assay results.

Banro is a Canadian-based gold exploration company focused on the development of its four wholly-owned properties in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the DRC.

Qualified Person
The exploration results disclosed by this press release have been reviewed, verified (including sampling, analytical and test data) and compiled by the Company’s geological staff, which includes a “qualified person” (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101), Peter Cowley, F.I.M.M.M., the Company’s President and C.E.O.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Certain terms are used in this press release, such as “inferred resources”, that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in the Company’s Form 40-F Registration Statement, File No. 001-32399, which may be secured from the Company, or from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the Company’s current expectations and estimates. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, and include, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results and future plans and objectives of the Company. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results implied or expressed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include changes in world gold markets and equity markets, political developments in the DRC, changes to regulations affecting the Company’s activities, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other ecological data and the other risks involved in the gold exploration and development industry. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

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For further information, please contact:
Peter Cowley, President and C.E.O.
United Kingdom, Tel: (44) 790-454-0856

Arnold T. Kondrat, Executive Vice-President
Martin Jones, Vice-President, Corporate Development
Toronto, Ontario, Tel: (416) 366-2221 or 1-800-714-7938
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