Coal mining to await signing of new benefits

Blocks C and D liaison committee chairman Eric Mutua, who is also the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman, told residents that mining of coal will only begin after issues raised in the addendum are enjoined to be part of the Benefits Sharing Agreement (BSA). FILE PHOTO |

What you need to know:

  • Mr Mutua, who is also the Law Society of Kenya chairman, was speaking at Mathuki market in Mwingi East on Friday during a meeting convened by his committee to deliver to the residents an end of year (2014) report on the progress of coal mining in the area.
  • The addendum contains issues which the community wants to be addressed but were initially left out in the BSA.
  • According to the LSK boss, some of the contentious items which should be considered include issues of resettlement and compensation.

Exploitation of coal deposits in parts of the Mui Basin in Kitui County will not start until an additional part to the deal is signed and effected.

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