By Andrew Ombuni
Mining and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has said that extraction of gold in Kakamega County will start in early 2020.
Munyes said besides god, the county is also rich in granite and iron ore deposits.
Munyes said that the extraction of gold will start after the completion of a gold refinery plant to be established at Rosterman area.
The Mining boss was addressing the media in Kakamega town after paying a courtesy call to Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
He said the County Government has already given out a 5 –acre piece of land for the construction of the gold refinery plant, adding that and already money has been allocated towards the project.
“The county has at least 1.31 million ounces of gold deposits along the Liranda corridor which is valued at Sh171billion.Liranda corridor stretches from Shinyalu to Ikolomani sub counties in Kakamega. Part of it is also in Vihiga County with over 50,000 people living along the corridor,” said Munyes.
Munyes said at least 20 per cent of the gold proceeds will be given back to the community under the management of Kakamega County government.
He said the Kenyan economy will grow by double digits as a result of accrued revenue from gold, granite and iron ore.
The cabinet secretary said he will be gazetting names of artisan mining committee members ton sensitize the committee before real mining commences in 2020.
“I am going to commission a national geo-physical air survey to help in discovering the amount of iron ore and gold deposits in the region before moving to other counties. We have been sitting on resources and time has come to benefit from them,” Munyes said.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said gold mining in the region started in 1935 but the community has never benefited from the proceeds.
Oparanya expressed optimism that the extraction of gold in large ones it commences, the community stands to benefit since adequate measures have been put in place to cater for that