Residents of Ikolomani urged to stop Gold mining activities until rain seasons are over

Kakamega County Environment committee touring gold

A 25-year-old man succumbed to death after a stone fell on him while digging a mine in Shiveye, Ikolomani subcounty.

According to eye witness, the deceased met his death on Monday when they last saw him going to the gold mine.

His body has been taken to Mukumu mortuary.

Confirming the incident, area Chief Mr. Kenneth Amwayi urged residents and gold miners to wait until the rain season is over, so as to carry on with their business.

Gold mining is historical and has been part and parcel activity for the residents of Ikolomani sub county.

The County Government of Kakamega has been working closely with the ministry of Mining to help avert related issues in the region.

In October, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said his administration has set aside 5 acres of land for construction of a gold refinery in the county.

Mining & Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes confirmed Governor Oparanya’s sentiments, saying that both the county and national governments have come together to outline the legal framework which will operationalize mining activities in the county.

Part of these frameworks included safety of mining areas, protection to miners, provision of appropriate gears and machines required in mining among others.

 

Report compiled by David Khayumbi, News 9 Kenya Correspondent

 

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