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It’s now official that the government will carry out a country wide geo survey to ascertain the kind and availability of minerals within the country.

Cabinet Secretary for Mining and Blue Economy Salim Mvurya says data gathered from the survey will enable the government to make conclusive decisions on the viability of minerals.

Speaking on Friday when he toured the ongoing Mombasa Agricultural Trade fare Mvurya said currently there is no any meaningful information on the state of minerals in the country.

He says the country relies on inconclusive surveys conducted years ago by Private international Organizations in their mother countries.

He adds that the move has denied the country some royalties as most minerals are exported with very little knowledge of the government officials.

‘Of late we’ve seen large amounts of minerals being exported on claims that it’s being taken for verification and nothing comes back on the same” he paused.

He said soon his ministry will come up with some legislation that will help govern the mining industry for the good of the locals and the country at large.

He outlined once the new legislation comes into force application for any mining activity shall be done online for efficiency and value for money.

He says the legislation will also indicate the kind of intervention the government will put in place to assist locals who venture into mining who’ve been conducting their activities on very dangerous environment. The security of miners has always been at stake and the situation is getting dire every day.

He singled out the Gem miners in Taita Taveta who use some toch to search for minerals in deep caves saying that will be a thing of the past once the legislation is approved by the Parliament.

However Mvurya said some surveys are already being undertaken in some parts of the Country though on a low note adding that soon the government will role out a comprehensive plan to conduct a country wide geo Survey exercise.

 
 

He added that Kenyans cannot withstand the move by some international Organizations that take advantage of the law and snif out large amounts of Kenyan minerals on claims to conduct authentification that never comes to an end.

‘we want to understand exactly what quantity of which minerals are found within the Kenyan boundaries cause we cannot just assume that there are minerals which we cannot ascertain of their availability.

On the issue of fishing the Cabinet Secretary said the government is mapping out Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) that will be used for fishing and other Blue Economy activities.

He said said the government will no longer allow the exportation of raw fish to other parts of the world with no regard to the locals economic output.

He said the kshs.3.5 Billion given to the Jumuiya ya County za Pwani by the European Union will go along way in revamping not only the fishing industry but the Blue Economy expensive activities.

Through the Chief Officer Jumuiya ya County za Pwani Emmanuel Nzai the Coast Economic Block received a grant of 3.5 Billion to enhance the livelihoods of the families living along the Coastal line by engaging in income generating activities.

Mvurya who is the first Chairman of the Jumuiya ya County za Pwani, noted that value addition to fish will be paramount before any export is undertaken an activity that will be actualized through the Jumuiya funded programs.

‘The government will enhance the fishing industry by ear making all fish landing sites, supplying them with cooling facilities to be able to store large amounts of fish add value later export them” Mvurya added amidst applause.

Landing sites such as Liwatoni, Shimoni, Kilifi and many more have already been identified for upgrading to enable fishermen to conduct their activities at a more conducive environment.

 

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