Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu appeared to backtrack on her promise to fast-track extraction of coal in the region amid a storm launched by three legislators who have opposed mining of the resource until residents’ concerns are addressed.
Speaking at Zombe market during a health forum attended by Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai, who is one of the leaders opposed to coal extraction, yesterday, said all contentious issues raised by the landowners will be addressed before coal mining starts.
“All I wanted is for our community to be economically empowered through extraction of minerals under their lands, but now that the residents have spoken, we have to listen to them before anything is done,” she said.
The governor said nobody would lose their land and that all issues raised by the community including compensation, title deeds, relocation and environmental impact will be dealt with.
Other leaders who have differed with the governor over extraction of minerals include legislators Gideon Mulyungi (Mwingi Central) and Women Representative Dr Irene Kasalu.