Artisanal miners in Taita Taveta county have been sensitized on the Mining Act of 2016, courtesy of a forum organized by the National Council of Churches of Kenya-Coast region.
The forum organized in the county, brought together small scale miners who have now began to apply for licenses in line with the new act. Consequently the miners agreed to form an association that will among other things champion for their rights.
Speaking to Jumuia news NCCK Regional Coordinator for Coast region Charles Mwango said that the yet to be formed association, will be responsible for the appointment of the miners’ representatives to the County Mining Committee. The association will also review and approve licenses for the miners as well as lobby for their rights at the county level.
During the forum, participants noted that there was need for all stakeholders to engage each other aimed at ensuring fair trade.
The forum was informed by the fact that there was no structured engagement in Taita Taveta county despite having large deposits of minerals, thus fueling conflicts among communities.