The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Balala Told to Protect Mines

The Government, through cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Mining Najib Mohamed Balala has been urged to safeguard the recently discovered oil in Turkana, coal in Mui Basin in Kitui and other natural resources against corrupt individuals who seek to benefit self.

Limuru Member of Parliament John Kiragu said that most of the Country's natural resources have been used by some few individuals to enrich themselves in expense of citizens.

Kiragu said that the way the government utilizes the natural resources should be for the benefit of its people in order to boost economic growth and well being if its citizens as those who have misused the resources have ended up in mischief.

The MP was speaking on Saturday during an inspection tour to on the ongoing Constituency Development Fund major refurbishment and face-lifting of Rwacumari Primary School after 10 years since it was built.

He said, "we were never in a map for petroleum products and we have found places like Turkana where we are also saying that there is water in plenty and in a desert. Now the wind which we used to Ignore is a source of power."

He added, "we have coal in Kitui and we have many things but the biggest challenge for us is how to exploit it properly for the benefit of people. There are things which have been done by other Countries which they exploit the resources for the benefit of a few and they have ended up becoming a curse."

The MP cautioned leaders against graft saying that everything the Country has should only benefit majority of Kenyans.

"For us, we should be thinking of how to exploit them whether agricultural, minerals and natural parks how to benefit majority of Kenyans. Nobody should go out there and think that he can misuse any part of this Country," said Kiragu.

He hailed former President Mwai Kibaki and the current President Uhuru Kenyatta for the discovery of oil, coal and the currently ongoing development agendas like election of a standard gauge and new railway line and train.

"I believe that this Country has the potential because you have never seen a Country which after 50 years, it's now we are discovering these resources which we should have discovered many years ago," said Kiragu.

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