Coal mining in Kitui yet to start 5 years after deal was signed

Mui basin in Kitui County where there are large coal deposits. Five years since a deal was signed with a Chinese company, mining is yet to to start. PHOTO | BONIFACE MWANIKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Alongside large deposits of coal, in Mui basin are also significant amounts of iron ore as well as some traces of copper.
  • A benefit sharing agreement (BSA) was signed between Kitui leaders and the Chinese firm, Fenxi Industry Mining Company.
  • Political intrigues have also stood on the way for the mining of coal in Kitui.
  • Compensation has also been a thorny issue that has delayed the start of the project.

Kitui is perceived as one of the richest counties in Kenya, owing to its immense wealth of large mineral deposits.

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