Kitui governor, Charity Ngilu on Wednesday vowed to ensure that Kitui realizes the full benefits of its vast mineral deposits.
Ngilu said those living in areas endowed with minerals will lease out their land to the miners, rather than sell it off, so that residents can return to their land when minerals are exhausted.
She said residents will be getting a share of 10 per cent of the mining proceeds as compensation while 30 per cent will go to the County Government and 60 per cent will go to the National Government.
The governor was speaking on Wednesday during the opening ceremony of a two day conference at Thome wa Akristo in Kitui town, which brings together Artisinal miners, community representatives from mineral rich areas of Mui basin, Ngaaie, Kiimu, Twimuma, Mututi Kaliku, Endau Malalani, Zombe, Simisi, Athi, Mutomo, Kanziko and Mithikwani.
The conference, ‘dubbed Unlocking Mineral Wealth For The Benefit of All Kitui People for Now and The Future’, will sensitize the participants on Artisinal mining, land acquisition and compensation, benefit revenue sharing, environmental, social and health rights, business and human rights and community participation in the mining process.
The Conference is organised by the County Government through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with Caritas Kitui, and is attended by officials from Transparency International, Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, Save Lamu, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Action Aid Kenya, Taita Human Rights Network Inuka, Kenya ni Sisi and Haki Madini Kenya.
Ngilu was accompanied by the County Executive for Environment, John Makau, Chief Officer Ministry of Environment, Kioko Kiilu and Head of Manifesto Implementation Unit, Nene Nzyuko
Source: Kenya News Agency