Outgoing LSK chair denies Mui Coal influence
04 February 2014, 11:12
Nairobi - The outgoing Law Society of Kenya chairperson, Eric Mutua, has denied claims of using his position to influence the signing off of the Mui Coal Basin contract.
The tender was awarded to Fenxi Mining Ltd.
“My interest in the Mui Coal basin is to see that we have an agreement that is beneficial to the residents of the Mui Basin, the government,” said Mutua.
He said his other interest in the basin, which is to be signed off to Chinese firm to commence coal mining, was that of a land owner.
He said that he owns 50,000 acres of land and a house worth KES10 million.
He argued he deserved compensation and relocation to a good place.
“I am also keen on the signing of the Mui Basin and what goes on therein because we want this to set precedence not only in Kenya but also in Africa,” said Mutua.
Mutua said that he would not want the Mui Basin to be handled like other contracts given to the Chinese which he alleged had been riddled with corruption.
He cited the Tassia II and the Standard Gauge Railway projects.
Fenxi Mining Industry Company is on course to sign a 21-year concession to extract the vast reserves in the Mui Basin, which is found in Kitui County.
The project is yet to determine the issue of compensation and resettlement of more than 15 000 mainly poor households who occupy Blocks C and D, where mining of the coal deposits is set to start at the basin.
– CAJ News