Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has assured residents of Mbangwani – Kyuso Ward, Mwingi North constituency in Kitui county of fair compensation for their land by companies setting up mining operations in the area.
The Governor was speaking today at her office when she met a delegation of 50 representatives of landowners in the area which has attracted mining investments by Savanna Cement Company among others.
The landowners sought the Governor’s intervention in ensuring there was transparency in surveying and valuation of their land.
The landowners complained they were compelled by local administrators and elected leaders to sign papers transferring their land to a company whose directors were not known by the residents.
Governor Ngilu assured them of immediate measures to stop any land transactions in the area until residents have their land titled.
She informed them that 8,700 title deeds for the Katse adjudication section, in which Mbangwani is located, were in the final stages of being processed and would be distributed upon completion of the process.
Ngilu said she would convene a face to face meeting between them and the mining company to ensure that all contentious issues were addressed satisfactorily saying the Mining Act had clear guidelines on benefit sharing formulae and resettlement of displacement persons.
She directed the County Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Mr. John Makau and his Lands counterpart Engineer Jacob Kakundi to stop all mining transactions in the area until stakeholders were in agreement on the way forward.
The delegation was led by Mr. Joseph Mwendwa while the Governor was accompanied by CECM for Environment and Natural Resources Mr. John Makau, CECM for Lands and Infrastructure Eng Jacob Kakundi, Policy Advisor Mr. Nzungi Ngwele, and Sub County Administrator for Mwingi North Mr. Stephen Matei, among other County officers.