Opera National Assembly’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Kareke Mbiuki (Maara) will look into the deal.

Mining CS John Munyes disclosed the exploration plans last month when he visited the region. He was accompanied by CSs Peter Munya (Agriculture), James Macharia (Transport) and Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution).
Western Kenya MPs led by Alfred Agoi (Sabatia) and his Lugari counterpart Ayub Savula have said the deal is shrouded in secrecy.

Savula told the Star that the area leaders were kept in the dark and there was no impact assessment conducted for the project.

The Mbiuki-led panel will be probing amongst others how the UK-based company, Acacia Mining, was awarded the contract by the government to start gold exploration in the corridor which cuts across Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu and Siaya counties.

Last week in Parliament, Agoi asked Munyes for an explanation of the deal and the ownership of the companies.

Speaker Justin Muturi referred the matter to the committee.

“Which companies have been identified and given the rights for gold prospecting and what are the processes that were used to identify and award those companies the rights for gold prospecting?” Agoi asked.

“What is the proposed revenue sharing structure among the national government, county governments involved and the local citizens affected and what royalties or payments has the government received and/or is given by those companies in exchange for the award of gold prospecting rights?”
He furthered demanded that the CS makes public the impact assessment report and also clarifies the estimated amounts in value and quantity of the gold deposits in the Lirhanda Corridor.

Published by MWALIMU Amunga Akhanyalabandu

Passionate about Advocacy on the REAWAKENING teachers in Kenya and reporting on the MULEMBE Nation. Having worked at the Kenya National Union OF TEACHERS in the advocacy department, I will be able to detail and explain about the welfare of teachers and their point of view on socio economic and political matters. Luhyia are the 2nd most populous ethnic group in Kenya. They are blessed with great land, topography, climate, resources and human Resource. We are also keen on Luhya Renaissance is about making the Mulembe People aware of their blessings, appreciating those blessings, defending them and putting them to proper use for the current and future generations.

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