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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD! FRESH MINING LICENSE VETTING.

April 03 rd.

 

The mining cabinet secretary made this statement during the second day of the cabinet briefings. According to Balala, licenses issued during the month of January and March 2013 will be revoked since the companies did not comply with the set requirements by his ministry. He added that only two companies in a total of 28 had qualified for the licenses. This contradict the Mohammed Nyaoga led taskforce report that had been set to investigate whether companies that had been issued with the licenses had followed the due process in acquiring them. A report tabled earlier this year by the team indicated that none of the companies had met the requirements. It also found massive irregularities in the issuance of mining licenses.

One of the cancelled companies, Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd and a Pacific’s Kenyan subsidiary had earlier written a letter to Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission accusing Balala of soliciting a Sh80 million ($900,000) bribe, a charge the mining cabinet secretary denies.

 

The minister explained that the companies needed to reapply afresh and ensure that they follow the right procedures as set by his ministry. “Anybody who has a problem with those licenses can communicate with the commissioner of mines and geology and will be given details of what is required from them.”

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