Leaders call for raft of measures in mining industry

Kisii county leaders have petitioned the government to come up with mining technologies that will protect lives and properties of people earning livelihoods from the industry.

Addressing the media after attending prayers at Nyamonema SDA church Saturday,at the scene of the ill-fated quarry, where two workers recently died after a boulder caved in on them, the leaders said such tragedies should be avoided in future.

This comes a day after mining PS, John Omenge inspected the ill-fated quarry, where he announced a raft of measures to regulate the activity.

The quarry at the intersection of Bonchari,Bobasi and Nyaribari Chache constituencies was reportedly involved in artisanal mining of stones for construction.

Bonchari constituency law maker, Oroo Oyioka, in whose area the incident occurred claimed the killer rock had been made vulnerable by use of non approved methods.

He condoled with bereaved families of the late Daniel Omari and Douglas Ratemo which also received financial assistance to organize burial ceremonies.

Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri claimed corruption was responsible for making the mining industry unsafe besides impoverishing the people.

He commended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s onslaught on the social vice, saying the government had at last listened to the suffering of Kenyans.

Nyaribari Chache and Bomachoge Chache legislators, Richard Nyagaka and Alpha Miruka petitioned the national government to install safe technology at the quarries as a matter of urgency.

The two wanted the government to deny licences mining companies that jeopardized people’s lives.

The county women representative, Janet Ong’era urged the youth to embrace safe methods in the industry and shun companies whose technology application was dangerous.

Nyaribari Masaba MP, Ezekiel Machogu urged the government to move swiftly and perform its duty to safeguard the lives of its people.

Source: Kenya News Agency