Closures Expose Tycoons Who Benefit From Kenya’s Mines of Death

Determined to reverse the trend of exploitation of workers, a government-appointed task force headed by the Migori County Commissioner Joseph Rotich has been conducting an operation to crack down on plants that have been flouting mining rules. Investigations by the Nation newspaper has established that the mines are owned by powerful and well-connected individuals, including county governor Okoth Obado and top officials at the Migori County government.

Miners at the Osiri-Matanda goldmines in Nyatike, Migori County. Dozens of miners have been buried alive in mines.

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