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Coast MPs to push for new amendments in the mining bill

22 May 2014, 12:27 Harrison Mbungu

Members of parliament from the coast region have vowed to push for major changes in the current mining bill so that it will meet the interests of the Kenyan citizens.

The claim the current bill does not consider the major beneficiaries of minerals in the areas they are mined.

According to Kilifi North Member of Parliament and also the leader of the coast region Mps, Gideon Mung’aro, the current legistlation in the mining sector in has not fully put into considerations the intrests of coastal people despite of Kwale and kilifi counties having major mineral deposits.

Speaking to the press at Mombasa,Mung’aro said that there are some chapters in the Mining Act Bill 2013 that do not bring any importance to the mining sector and must be scrapped out and also see the powers of the Cabinet Minister for Mining reduced as he has been enjoying lucrative powers that have not in any way helped in improving the lives of small scales miners in the society.

"The Mining Act 2013 has not fully represented the problems of the local miners in the country and its time the act must be scrapped out of some elements that have not added any value to the Kenyans and the mining sector at large’’ Mung’aro added.

The mining industry in the country has been faced up with challenges and the coastal leaders have been in the frontline battling it out with the Cabinet Minister for Mining Najib Balala whom they accuse of handling the mining docket as a personal affair.

Recently the Minister had been accused by the Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya and his County Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga for carrying out mining processes in the county without consulting them.

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