Government issues warning against illegal mining


Government issues warning against illegal mining
Photo showing Titanium mining in Kwale.

In Summary

  • The government has issued a stern warning against investors who have engaged in illegal mining activities without applying for licenses from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.
  • Cabinet Secretary for Mining and Petroleum John Munyes said his office will ensure that illegal miners will face punishment from the law.
  • The Cabinet secretary called upon all investors interested in mineral exploration and activities to follow the law by ensuring they have applied and been issued with licenses.

The government has issued a stern warning against investors who have engaged in illegal mining activities without applying for licenses from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.

Cabinet Secretary for Mining and Petroleum John Munyes said his office will ensure that illegal miners face punishment from the law.

“Illegal investors who have not been licensed by my ministry, I want to tell them that the law is going to take its course, we will arrest and charge them in court,” he said.

The Cabinet Secretary called upon all investors interested in mineral exploration and activities to follow the law by ensuring they have applied and been issued with licenses.

He also advised the national government to partner with county governments in inspecting and ensuring that all investors operating in different regions across the country have been licensed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.

Munyes was speaking in Archers Post town in Samburu East Sub-County where he toured a manganese mining site while accompanied by Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal.

Governor Lenolkulal said his government is ready to partner with the ministry to streamline issues to do with licensing, consent and management.

The Governor added that his government hopes to partner with the ministry of petroleum and mining to conduct an exploration and document in detail the available minerals in the county.

“Our second point of action will be to get investors to tap these minerals for the benefit of our county and our communities,

“The potential is there and we now want to actualize it into financial gain to uplift the standards of our people,” he said.

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