20 September 2012

Kenya: Gold Mining Company Rejects House Report

A gold mining company in Nyatike in Migori has refuted claims by the Parliamentary Land and Natural Resources committee that it is operating without a license.

Mid-Migori Mining Company also denied claims that mining proceeds do not benefit the local community.

Peter Anyuor, the company's corporate social responsibilities committee chairman, said parts of the report published in a section of the media is misleading.

He said his company operates in accordance with the law.

"The company was started in 1989 with all exploration licences. It acquired the licences before beginning operations," Anyuor said.

The Mutava Musyimi led committee toured the gold-ladened area on a fact-finding mission.

The tour was also attended by Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga who has been complaining of exploitation of the locals by mining companies.

Anyuor said the company has a 12-member committee whose members are drawn from various parts of Nyatike.

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