By KBC Reporter
Artisanal miners at the Macalder mines in Nyatike Migori County today protested over a move by the Migori County government to fence off the mines at Macalder hill.
The miners say the fencing off of the mines will deny them a source of livelihood.
The miners were shocked to find County Government askaris together with Administration Police officers demarcating the mining site.
“On inquiring from the security officers what was happening they told us they were fencing off the mines on the orders of Migori governor Okoth Obado,” said one of the miners.
Peter Amoka, a resident argued that they have been deriving their livelihood from mining the minerals and fencing off will render them jobless.
“A majority of the residents pay their children’s’ school fees from trading in the minerals and fencing the mines means we will not able to pay fees anymore,” said Amoka.
Elias Odero, a resident and a miner said that, should the county government proceed with the move, then the crime rate will increase as most youths will be rendered jobless.
Macalder hill is rich in minerals including; blue copper, gold and zinc in large quantities.