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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 in agri-business as revenues set to surpass tourism earnings MINING INVESTMENT jobs and higher incomes Team exposed how shadowy firms were awarded licences months before polls BY PATRICK MAYOYO firstname.lastname@example.org A team formed to investigate the awarding of mining permits revealed glaring irregularities in the issuance of licences between January and May 2013. The report of the Task Force on Review of Prospecting, Exploration and Mining licences appointed by Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala last year shows that some companies received licences without meeting mandatory conditions spelt out in law. “Some licences were issued without proof of the company’s ability to put them to use, while others did not demonstrate financial capacity,” the report adds. Others were issued without proof that the statutory fees had been paid or on the strength of mining deposits for a different licence. After receiving the report, Mr Balala announced that an administrative committee was to scrutinise the recommendations and advise on its implementation. Other firms were issued per- mits despite lacking registration records, bank statements, not having paid statutory fees to the ministry and in some cases, licences were issued without the consent of local authorities. The taskforce, chaired by Mr Mohammed Nyaoga(right), found that 15 firms had been issued licences while 28 others were in various stages of getting them. Mr Balala revoked all permits awarded between January and May, saying that the rush just before the March 4 General Election was suspect. He also suspended Mr Moses Masibo, the commissioner of mines. The licences were to be reviewed and the affected firms were to make submissions to the taskforce, but only 22 of the 43 companies whose licences were suspended made their submissions to the task force. Cortec Kenya, which had obtained mining rights on the Mrima Hills Project located in Kwale County, which are estimated to hold as much as $100 billion worth of rare earth minerals was one of the firms that is affected. However, it did not make submissions to the taskforce but offered to challenge decision in court. National News 11 Oil firm threatened as locals push for deeds BY NATION CORRESPONDENTS The ongoing exploration by Tullow Oil in Kerio Valley, Baringo County, could come to a halt, after locals threatened to move to court to block the exercise if the government fails to issue them with title deeds. Residents who spoke to the Nation during a fact finding mission in the area recently, expressed fears that if the exploration makes a breakthrough, they would not benefit much as the land is still communal. “We also want a clear policy on how we will benefit from the project. “Our crops were destroyed during the oil exploration but we’ve not been compensated,” said Mr Zephaniah Chebet. Local leaders led by County Assembly members Joseph Makilap (Barwessa) and Johana Chebon (Kabarnet) have also asked Tullow Oil to abide by all the agreements made with the locals before embarking on the project, including opening up of the road network in the area, to avoid unnecessary conflicts. “We do not want our peo- 43 ple to be short-changed. We should avoid a repeat of what was witnessed in Turkana,” said Mr Chebon. Tullow representative in The number of licences that were awarded in the lead-up to the General Election FILE | NATION Construction workers at the site of a planned jetty for titanium cargo at the Mombasa port in 2012. MOI TEACHERS COLLEGE – BARINGO P.O Box 1 -30407, SERETUNIN. VIA KABARNET. TEL: 0203567748 Email: email@example.com. 20TH FRIDAY 28TH GRADUATION CEREMONY: FEBRUARY 2014 The Chairman, Members of Board of Management, Chief Principal and staff invite qualified candidates of 2013 PTE to the 20th Graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday 28th February 2014. The ceremony will take place at the college Graduation square beginning 10.00a.m. The Chief Guest of Honour will be His Excellency Hon. Benjamin C. Cheboi, Governor, Baringo County. Graduands will be issued with ceremonial gowns between Monday 24th and Thursday 27th February 2014 at 11.00am upon clearance of outstanding college fees and convocation fee of Kshs. 1,000.00. All cleared and qualified Graduands are required to attend Rehearsal on Thursday 27th February 2014 at 2.30 p.m ALL are welcome. Elias K.A. Komen, HSC Chief Principal/Secretary Board of Management 28TH MIGORI TEACHERS COLLEGE P.O. BOX 123-40400 SUNA TEL: 020 2031239 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY 14TH GRADUATION CEREMONY MARCH 2014 The Board of Governors, Senior Principal and Staff invite qualified Candidates of 2013 PTE to the 28th Graduation Ceremony Scheduled for Friday March 14, 2014. The Ceremony will take place at the College Graduation Square beginning 10.00am. Graduands will be issued with Ceremonial gowns between Monday 9th March and Thursday 13th March 2014 11.00am upon clearance of outstanding College fees, Convocation fee of KShs. 1,000 and any other individual charges. All cleared Graduands are required to attend Rehearsal on Thursday 13th March 2014 at 2.30pm. PAYMENTS TO BE MADE TO MIGORI TEACHERS COLLEGE A/C NO 1160296899020 EQUITY BANK MIGORI BRANCH All Are Welcome. MRS. ESDORAH J. IMBO SENIOR PRINCIPAL/SECRETARY BOARD OF GOVERNORS the area Bethuel Sang has assured locals that the oil company would involve them in activities they have set to undertake in the area. “We are still in the initial stages. If we discover oil, the residents are set to benefit a lot. We will compensate all people whose crops are damaged,” said Mr Sang. Apart from community projects which include water pans, he said, the company had also finalised plans to partner with the county to award bursaries to bright students from block 12A — where the project falls — adding that the bursary fund had been increased to Sh5 million, up from Sh3 million last year. We should avoid a repeat of what was witnessed in Turkana.” Kabarnet ward rep Johana Chebon Meanwhile, Baringo Gover- nor Benjamin Cheboi praised Tullow for their projects in the area, especially the pan dams, saying they would go along way in alleviating perennial water shortages in the area and boost food security through irrigation. “We call on our people to support the oil company. The county government is liaising with the national government for the issuance of deeds in the area to be fast-tracked,” said Mr Cheboi when he toured the area recently in the company of County executive for Water and Irrigation Job Tomno.
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