23 November 2012

Kenya: Chakori Hills Mine Sparks Uproar

More than 200 residents of Sori in Nyatike district yesterday demonstrated against mining at Chakori Hills.

Led by Okello Suleiman, the residents who live at the foot of the hills asked the government to stop the mining.

"This is a disaster-in-waiting. Miners use explosives leaving rocks hanging dangerously. In case of a mudslide, the rocks will bury our houses," Suleiman said.

The demonstrators marched to Sori town police camp and lodged their complaint. Agnes Atieno said, apart from the 2,000 residents, the Sori Sub-district Dispensary is also at risk .

"With the heavy rains currently pounding the area we are afraid of sinking soil and mud slides as the miners are pushed with an urge to make profit against our security concerns," Atieno said.

The residents say they resorted to the demonstration after their attempt to seek redress from the police three weeks ago was ignored. They said they will file a complaint with National Environmental Management Authority.

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