By Barrack Muli.
Large scale Artisanal mining in Kitui is set to kick off without delay- Governor Charity Ngiu has said at the ground breaking ceremony of mining at Kitui East today on 17th Feb 2021.
In her speech at Kawala area of Kitui East during her tour of the area, Governor Ngilu said mining will commence noting she will link up the miners with relevant agencies for market linkage for the minerals.
She said the county is blessed with a lot of minerals that will significantly contribute to wealth creation.
“This county is a mineral rich place. We must exploit these minerals and ensure locals here benefit”. Said Ngilu.
Through the Governor’s initiative, the county artisanal mining committee was gazetted recently_ paving way for the commencement of extraction activities along the stretch from Kasaala in Kitui South through Mutitu and extending to Usueni in Mwingi North area.
The County government has supported among others Kawalite and MKM mining groups with earth moving equipment for bush clearing to remove the top soil and bushy covers at the mining sites.
Kitui County Government is in the process of establishing a testing and value addition centre to improve on value and market penetration.
Photo by Barack Muli, February 17, 2021, KITUI GOVERNOR’S PRESS UNIT.