The Star (Nairobi)

18 February 2014

Kenya: Balala Told to Consult Kwale Leaders

KWALE women's representative Zainab Chidzuga yesterday said Mining Secretary Najib Balala should involve county leaders and residents on the titanium and other minerals mining.

Chidzuga's sentiments come barely two days after governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) said they were not involved in the undertakings of a mining company that shipped minerals worth Sh387 million from Kenya on Thursday.

Chidzuga said Base Titanium, which shipped the minerals, did not involve residents and the county government as required under devolution law. "We are telling Balala to go slow on minerals in Kwale county because getting the goodwill of residents and leaders is not negotiable under devolution," she said.

Chidzuga said the law requires that the national government works with the county governments in such undertakings. She asked why no county leader witnessed the shipment.

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