New laws to enhance transparency in mining sector

By Vereso Mwanga

Members of Parliament have begun the process of formulating a new law that will streamline management of mineral resources in Kenya in tandem with the constitution.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the Mining bill, 2014 once enacted will replace the current law adopted in 1940 which is outdated.

Law makers supporting the bill said it will not only consolidate the regulation of minerals in various acts but also enhance transparency in the mining sector.

The bill proposes that ownership of all minerals be vested in the national government and further spells out general principles to govern operations of the sector.

Legislators however faulted some sections of the bill which they said bestow immense powers to the Cabinet Secretary for mining.

They called for the formation of a disputes tribunal that will guard against exploitation in the sector since the bill contains general provisions on mining rights including on private land and community land.