The County Government of Kitui has embarked on a rigorous sensitization campaign on land ownership in mineral rich areas with the aim of reducing conflicts that arise between residents and investors in the extraction sector.
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu is calling on investors to follow proper mining procedures in order to ensure that residents get their fair share of benefits from natural resources.
Kitui is renowned as one of the richest counties in Kenya, due to its massive wealth of large mineral deposits.
Among the huge minerals deposits in Kitui are coal, limestone, iron ore, coal, graphite, gypsum, quartz, granite and copper.
The wealth underground has seen the county become the center of attraction for exploration with foreign and local investors wanting a piece of the pie.
To this end, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has embarked on a rigorous sensitization campaign on land ownership in mineral vested areas, in a bid to ensure that residents are aware of their rights in regards to land compensation and benefits they are supposed to accrue from mining activities.
She says all mining licenses and permits will be reviewed with the aim of doing away with licenses which might have been acquired fraudulently.
Ngilu noted that land demarcation as well as issuing of title deeds will be done soon to empower those living in mineral rich areas.