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Kenya to Spend Sh3 Billion on Mineral Survey

Posted on : Friday, 23rd September 2016

 The government says it will spend Sh3 billion to map out mineral sites with the aim of identifying all minerals as part of the country's industrialization strategy.

 
"The process will begin immediately because the cash was factored in the current financial year," said Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu on Tuesday.
 
"This exercise will enable us to discover all the mineral within our borders... mining is set to become the bedrock for Kenya's planned industrialization programme," he said during a tour of gold mining sites in Migori County.
 
The CS revealed that the money will be spent during phase one of the project.
 
"We are going to start with Migori, Homa bay, Siaya, Kakamega, Busia and in other neighbouring counties where huge deposits of minerals are still lying unnoticed," he said.
 
The minister, who was accompanied by Migori Governor Okoth Obado, said engineers will also survey mining sites with a view of making them safer.
 
"We will also introduce modern mining equipment especially to the artisanal miners to avert deaths that usually occur in the tunnels. We will also assist them in selling their gold in order not to be exploited by greedy middlemen," added Mr Kazungu.
 
He said the government, in collaboration with other partners, will carry out training of miners on the safest methods of conducting their trade.
 
"Stop using mercury in the sites because it is harmful to your health," he told miners in Nyatike constituency, adding that the State plans to carry out an environmental assessment with regard to mining activities.

Source : allafrica.com
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