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Gold miners of Ikolomani now fear eviction by licensed firm

What you need to know:

  • Gold was discovered in Ikolomani 1932.
  • A gramme of gold sells for up to Sh5,000.
  • Small-scale artisanal mining has supported thousands of families across Kakamega and Vihiga counties for years.
  • Most local miners rely on the holes dug during the colonial period and just after the country attained independence.

About a kilometre from former Rosterman gold mine, sounds of machines in operation rent the air.