Tarime — AFRICAN Barrick Gold Exploration (ABGE) has helped hundreds of rural households to enjoy piped water services after successfully drilling multimillion shilling boreholes at Kenyamanyori Village where it is searching for gold deposits.
The two boreholes cost over 60m/-, according to ABGE Principal Geologist Sebastian Ndile. The exploration firm has executed the project in response to a request by residents of the village situated in the Northern Tarime District of Mara Region.
"Drilling of these boreholes was result of a request made by Kenyamanyori Village during our meetings with local leaders.
We accepted and ABGE is pleased to handover what we promised today," Mr Ndile said at the handing over ceremony held at village which is located a few kilometres from Tarime town over the weekend.
The Tarime District Commissioner (DC), Mr John Henjewele, received and inaugurated the boreholes in an event also witnessed by dozens of villagers, local leaders and several senior government experts including the Tarime Town Council Director Mr Venance Mwamengo.
DC Henjewele hailed ABGE for supplementing on-going efforts by the government to improve rural water supply in the gold rich district and urged beneficiaries to make good of the boreholes.
"I am impressed with these projects and thank ABGE for joining us in bringing development.
There may be more positive changes, who knows, since exploration is underway," Mr Henjewele said. Execution of the projects involved hydrological survey, drilling, installation of pumps and construction of pumping structure.
One of the boreholes has been placed at the village public dispensary and the other one at the village primary school.
"We believe that the boreholes will also boost health service delivery at Kenyamanyori dispensary as well as enabling pupils and teachers of Kenyamanyori Primary School to access clean water without going out of the school compound," the ABGE Principal Geologist said.
He, however, said that exploration of gold deposits at the village is faced by several challenges including verbal and written threats, delayed engaged meetings.
ABGE is sister company to the African Barrick Gold (ABG), Tanzanian's leading gold producer which runs several gold mines including the North Mara Gold Mine which is located in Nyamongo area several kilometres away from Kenyamanyori Village .
Exploration of gold at the village (Kenyamanyori) is still at an early stage, according to Mr Ndile.