On Wednesday 17th, June 2020 at
Twimuma Limestone Hill, Kyuso Ward, Mwingi North Sub-County, the County Government of Kitui through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Hon Patrick koki musau intervene to settle the dispute between Twimuma Limestone Hill Residents and Limestone Mining Company M/S Karsan Ramji and Sons Ltd [Ndovu Cement].
The consensus where cemented by Kitui County Minister for Tourism, Sports and Culture who is also the Ag. County Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Hon Patrick Koki Musau.
The Minister met Twimuma Hill limestone residents for a follow up meeting where last week they had given their grievances which needed to be addressed by both the County and National Government together with the Investor before mining continues.
While addressing few community development committee members who had come on behalf of the others in order to observe Government measures and directive on COVID-19 Corona Pendamic on maintaining social distance in a meeting which had been attended by Kyuso Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner and his top leadership personnel.
Hon Musau took them through guidelines of establishing a mining community development committee as well as the defined roles of both County and National Government with the role of an Investor being addressed also.
He further told both parties to jointly work together in an harmonious way to reduce frictions and small disputes since all parties should benefit from the project adding that they should be conducting regular meetings to review their grievances in an harmonious manner.
He promised to organize for a road Engineer to go and survey the roads which the Investor is using to transport limestone and which he agreed to grade and maintain.
On his part, Kyuso DCC Mr Mwachaunga Chaunga advised the area community members to minimize much complains and jointly work as development committee team properly engaging the Investors with an effective communication and good management leadership styles.
The Director of M/S Karsan Ramji and Sons Ltd agreed to work with the elected community development committee of Twimuma Limestone Hill, he also agreed to do all the repairs/compensate the affected families as well as doing sensitisation before starting the blasting of stones, including training of local youths as well as using local available materials like fuels and labour.
It was also agreed that the office of Kitui County Government, Mwingi North MP Hon Eng. Paul Musyimi Nzengu and the limestone Investor M/S Karsan Ramji and Sons Ltd will work together to find a solution to address the issue of water shortages in that region.
Other officers present were Mwingi North Sub-County Administrator Mr Stephen Matei, Kyuso Sub-County OCS, Kyuso Sub-County Administration Police Commander, Mr Kitheka Mundu Mwiu Hon Eng Malili’s office, area Chief, Geologists and Enforcement officers from County Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.