The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mwingi Minerals Won't Be Stolen Says, Kalonzo

WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said he will protect 265 of his former Mwingi North constituents from being conned by unscrupulous limestone mining investors.

He said he is worried by information that the residents who own 4,000 acres of land in Ngaie, Kyuso district, where massive limestone deposits were found, are being fleeced.

"As a national leader I cannot allow locals to be robbed of their land and property. I will fight for you and ensure you get the best deal for you land," Kalonzo said when he toured Ngaie with Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu.

His entourage that was received by the MCA Angeline Mbula also included some Chinese investors. Kalonzo however said the Chinese are not interested in limestone.

He said they were owners of the Fenxi Mining Industry Company that won the concession to mine coal in Blocks C and D on the Mui basin.

The Athi River Mining Cement Company has for long shown interest in mining limestone in Ngaie. Kalonzo said the company has a limestone prospecting licence.

He however said it is important to allow more investors to break the monopoly of a single firm.

Kalonzo urged local leaders to guide locals who will have to move to make way for the mining and ensure that any deal struck with investors will benefit future generations.

Mbula told locals not to agree to sell their land to any investor before they are giventittle deeds.

"You can only negotiate for a fair price for your land if you have a tittle deed."

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