The Star (Nairobi)

21 July 2014

Kenya: Firm Gets Nod to Prospect for Copper and Lead

MOMBASA-based Tavez Connections Ltd has applied for a special exploration licence to prospect for copper and lead metals in Kilifi county.

Moses Njeru, acting director of Mines and Geology, said the company will prospect in an area measuring about 8.3 square kilometres.

He invited written objections to the grant of the licence in a gazette notice on Friday, which should be lodged with his office by August 18.

"By virtue of section 7(1)(d) of the Mining Act, the said area of land is therefore excluded from prospecting and/or mining except as regards any prospecting and mining rights granted... before the date of this notice which are subsisting or any right of renewal thereof," he said.

A number of prospectors have been exploring for copper and other metals countrywide. The Kenya Revenue Authority early this month pounced on illegal copper being sneaked out of the country by BootCut Mining Company Ltd to a Chinese company.

It was suspected that the copper was sourced from mines in Nyatike in Migori county.

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