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Kenyatta: Exploitation of Minerals Must Benefit Residents

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patient http://colombiareports.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>He directed the Ministry of Mining to formulate policies that will ensure local people benefit from minerals extracted from their areas.

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“We want to ensure that residents of Taita-Taveta benefit from the abundant mineral resources in the area. Exploitation of mineral resources in this area should be used to create employment for the youth and improve the living standards of the people,” the President said.

The President was speaking at Voi Stadium in Taita Taveta County when he issued title deeds to land owners in the county.

Responding to an appeal by local leaders led by Senator Dan Mwazo and Governor John Mruttu, the President urged them to work with investors and the national Government in setting up value addition factories that will create employment and accelerate development in the county.

Commenting on the same issue, Deputy President William Ruto said a new Bill to regulate sharing out of mining revenue between county governments and the national Government was already in Parliament.

On the issuance of title deeds, President Kenyatta asked leaders to desist from politicizing the exercise. “Let us not politicize this exercise. We are determined to complete the process within five years’ time so that politicians will not continue using the land issue as a political campaign tool,” he said.

The President told Governors and other elected leaders to liaise with lands officials to ensure land owners receive their title deeds in a transparent manner.

He appealed to wananchi and leaders in the county to shun tribalism and embrace values that will boost development.

On the fight against poaching, Deputy President William Ruto said a Bill was already in Parliament which if passed would make poaching an economic crime and curb the menace.

He said the Government has set aside Ksh770 million to promote tourism, which would benefit parks including Tsavo National Park.

Saying that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) had achieved great progress with only between Ksh40 and 50 million a year, the Deputy President challenged county governments to demonstrate to wananchi what they have done with the Kshs 2.4 billion the Government released to them.

He asked wananchi to hold both county and national governments to account for all funds allocated to them.

“After five years wananchi will audit all of us, whether you are in county or national government,” he said.


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