Kitui leaders now want the National government to fast-track extraction of minerals in the county to boost the economy of the region.
Led by Governor Charity Ngilu, the leaders, who retreated in a Nairobi hotel yesterday prior to meeting Mining and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes, expressed concern over delay in extraction of minerals found in the county despite mining firms confirming discovery of huge deposits of coal and limestone among other minerals.
The leaders resolved to set aside their political differences and come up with a common stand to compel the National government to expedite the process.
Meanwhile, Kitui county government will partner with renowned wildlife conservationist Tony Fitzjohn Obe field director of The George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to fence Mwingi National Game Reserve.
Governor Ngilu said fencing of the reserve will keep off herdsmen, who have encroached the reserve destroying the environment and interfering with wildlife habitat.