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Nyatike MP Supports Mining Bill

August 14, 2014

Manuel Odeny



NYATIKE MP Edick Anyanga has said the Mining Bill, 2014 will give more preference to small-scale farmers and open up the sector to local funding.

He said the bill, which is currently in Parliament, will control foreign miners who have been siphoning off resources into their countries.

"The bill will offer prospects and mining licenses, which will grow the sector," Anyanga said.

He said the establishment of Minerals and Metal Commodity Exchange and National Mining Corporation to check on export and licenses will boost licenses and open the sector.

"Mining sector has a huge potential in the country to help spur development by opening up small scale miners to take the sector as an economic profit venture," he said.

Anyanga said foreign firms have been searching for gold and copper in his constituency since 1980s without any tangible results to locals.

"We have foreign firms prospecting for gold, they have nothing to show while local small-scale miners have been getting ores from rudimentary means," he said.

He said the recent seizure of a Sh300 million copper wire container in Mombasa despite the ban , is a tip of an iceberg.

"If the bill is passed into law, it will bring sanity to the sector and keep away brokers and firms siphoning resources from Kenya," Anyanga told the Star in Migori yesterday.


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Source: AllAfrica


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