Residents of Kanziko Sub County, Kitui County are helplessly sitting on wealth. The fortune, in form of limestone deposits, take up much of the water starved land.
The pervasive precious stone has not translated into economic transformation nearly 10 years since prospecting began.
Possibility of establishing a multi-billion shilling cement factory in Kitui County by Dangote Quarries Ltd seems to have gone up with the wind.
This is after the company, owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, stopped limestone prospecting in Kanziku area and vanished.
Dangote Quarries had promised to put up a Sh34.8 billion cement plant in Kanziku with capacity to produce 5,500 tonnes of cement daily to rival a planned one by ARM Cement worth Sh26 billion in Kyuso Sub County in Kitui County.
“We have lost hope in Dangote. He is no longer in our minds. He is a wealthy man but his wealth is not benefiting us at all,” said a disappointed Francis Munyalo, capturing the mood of the residents.
Now the County Government of Kitui has stepped in to save a desperate situation by employing a geologist and engaging researchers to ascertain the deposits’ worth and make their findings known. Cement companies such as the Dangote Quarries have for unknown reasons kept their findings to themselves.
“We shall publish whatever findings we get and shop for investors if the deposits are viable,” says Vincent Mutambu, chairman of a liaison committee elected in February, 2015 under supervision of the county government.
“We have carried out civic education and sensitized residents against welcoming investors who do not come through the liaison committee,” says Mr Mutambu.
Source: Standard Media