Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu on Friday May 4, held a meeting with stakeholders from the mining industry including representatives of the National government and religious leaders in Kitui town.
Ngilu had embarked on a sensitization campaign on land ownership in mineral-fested areas early this week, in a bid to ensure that residents are aware of their rights in regard to land compensation and benefits they are supposed to accrue from mining activities.
Addressing the meeting at the Kenya Forest Research Institute in Kitui town, Ngilu said that she will work with the national government to ensure that mining takes place before long.
She said all mining licenses and permits will be reviewed with the aim of doing away with licenses which might have been acquired fraudulently.
“I will not allow backdoor practices in this process, we must ensure accurate processes and licensing is done” she said.
She further invited all interested mining parties to grip the prospect at hand and join the mineral extraction journey expected to kick off soon.
The county boss noted that land demarcation as well as issuing of title deeds will be done soon to empower those living in areas that are rich in minerals.
In attendance was the National Cabinet Secretary for Mining John Munyes, who commended the governor for allowing long leases of the land that will offer ample time for mining process in the affected areas.
He said that with such period of time, miners can manage the uncertainties that may arise during mining.
“We want to establish the challenges miners will face here, we shall abide by the law here” The CS said.
The mineral deposits have seen the county become the center of attraction for exploration with foreign and local investors wanting a piece of the pie.
Minerals available in Kitui include coal, limestone, iron ore, graphite, gypsum, granite, copper among others.
Other leaders present during the meeting were the Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu, former nominated MP Bishop Mutemi, former councillors, County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti and other top county officials.