Kitui deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau on Thursday 8th November, 2018, held a consultative meeting with the Chief Officer, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Eng. Joseph K. Mutua, The Kitui County Civil Society Network Chairman (KCSONET) Mr Kilonzi Kangangi, the Kitui County Geologists led by Mr Benard Limo and a Postdoctoral researcher from Radbound University in Netherlands, Ms Maaike Matelski.
Ms Matelski had paid a courtesy in the office of the Governor Kitui County in order to be equipped with information which can help her in the study on civil society activities in Mui Region.
She also wanted to hear the County Government’s views and plans on the coal mine, and the county experiences in engaging with the various CBOs and NGOs involved and the progress achieved in the coal exploitation.
Mui basin is in Mwingi Central and in Kitui East Sub-Counties with about 490.5 Sq.Km with 4 blocks, A&B in Kitui East and C&D in Mwingi Central Sub-County.
Kitui county Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officers gave her the reasons why the implementation of the coal project in block C has taken so long.
The reasons include the push by the global stakeholders to restrict the use of coal as a form of energy and instead advocating for the use of green energy, Internal disagreement between Fenxi and great lakes corporation, pending signing of the addendum to the benefit sharing agreement, Compensation issues, Incomplete process of land tilting and also uncertainty of the relocation area.
H. E the Deputy Governor acknowledged her that what H.E the Kitui County Governor was to do has much done, now we are waiting the relevant Ministry in the National Government to do their part since mining is not a devolved function.
Ms Matelski has promised H.E the Deputy Governor that the information she has gathered will be processed anonymously if need be.