The Star (Nairobi)

17 April 2014

Kenya: Nyandarua Miners Fault Licence Fees

Private quarry owners in Nyandarua county on Tuesday demonstrated against a 100 per cent increase in mining licence fees. They gave Governor Daniel Waithaka seven days to act or they will move to court.

In a memorandum handed to Waithaka, the quarry owners said during the Finance Bill 2013 public participation, they agreed with Finance executive Nelson Ngaruiya that they will pay Sh6,150 per year. "We are surprised that the Finance Act shows Sh12, 800. We will not pay the money unless it is reviewed. If we do not hear from you in seven days we will go to court," said the memorandum.

Patrick Mwangi said the county government given road construction tenders to outsiders. He said people of Nyandarua have not benefited as the road works were given to people from other counties instead of giving the tenders to local youth and women groups.

The Deputy Governor Waithaka Kirika said the issues raised are pertinent and the county government will consider them.

"You have given us food for thought. Now give us time to go through the issues you have raised and advise the governor accordingly before the seven days you have given us lapse," Kirika said.

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