Mining law defaulters in Kilifi risk losing licences, says CS Kazungu

Mining law defaulters in Kilifi risk losing licences, says CS Kazungu

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Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kilifi, KENYA: Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu has vowed to take strict measures against mining law defaulters in Kilifi County.

The CS said he has been receiving complaints from the mineral mining areas, that the investors are not taking care of the environment and also fail to give back to the community.

Speaking to the press shortly after paying a courtesy call to the Kilifi county  Governor Amason Kingi’s office on Monday, Kazungu warned to revoke mining certificates for such investors.

“The mining law is very open and precise for all stakeholders in the sector,” said CS Kazungu.

“We all know that we have to conserve the environment for the betterment of the community around the mining zones not forgetting giving back to the community in terms of employment. I want to assure the people of Kilifi that this will be coming to an end very soon,” insisted Kazungu.

He said his ministry is also working around the clock to set up an office in Kilifi County to help the sole office in Mombasa; in serving the entire region.

“We are already on course in the making of an office here in Kilifi, so as to enhance the services of mining sector in the entire region,” said Kazungu.

“We expect the office will ease down the hurdles of licensing to interested investors in the region from Tana River, to Kilifi itself.” he added.

However, Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi urged the national government to come up with an organized structure in exploring the different types of minerals found in Kilifi County.

He said that he would reduce the unemployment rate in the area and also boost the economy.

“We are grateful that Kilifi is rich in various minerals ranging from Iron ore, Manganese, Titanium and limestone, which when explored well the mining sector would boost the County’s economy as well as reducing the unemployment rate,” said Kingi.

The CS is also expected to tour the mining areas in Ganze Sub-county during his tour.