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Kilifi county government suspends all mining activities

16 April 2014, 18:48 Harrison Mbungu

Kilifi - The Kilifi county government has suspended all mining activities conducted within the county and directed all mining companies conducting the business to submit their licenses for inspection.

Over 10 local companies who conduct iron ore and manganese mining activities within the county have each been slapped with a notice for allegedly conducting the business without any official and certified licenses to conduct their trade.

The county government, through the water environment and mineral resources executive Kiringi Mwachitu, wants the companies to submit their certified licenses to the relevant offices before any punitive measures are issued against them.

This was after some residents complained of mistreatment and poor payments during the mining exercises.

“We want to know whether they are conducting their activities legally, and if they are not they should stop until they get directive from the concerned offices,” said Mwachitsu.

The executive has assured that the Kilifi county government will step into the matter and ensure proper legal framework for mining is established.

According to the deputy chair in the county committee on water and mineral resources Emanuel Chai, said over five companies have embarked on the mining of Manganese in Ganze district only.

He was supported by the Ganze ward representative Japhet Nzaro who has raised his fears that the locals would not benefit from the locally produced raw materials if proper legislation is not adhered to.

“Many investors have flocked here without consulting with the relevant Authorities,” claimed Chai.

The directive  comes even as the government embarks on establishing proper mining legislation's to ensure that proper mining laws are followed.

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