NAIVASHA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
The International Alliance on National
Resources in Africa (IANRA) on Tuesday called on African
governments to adopt model law on mining to help them deal with
rogue investors who fleece communities.
Chairman Mwikamba Maghenda also called on investors carrying out
mining activities in the continent to fully involve communities
in those areas.
communities in different countries in Africa have been left
wallowing in poverty while investors shipped billions of dollars
abroad in mining proceeds.
“This model law
was prepared after inputs from Kenya, DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe
and South Africa and we call on governments in these areas to
take into consideration some of its recommendations,” he said
in Naivasha, northwest of Kenyan capital Nairobi, during the
launch of the mining model law prepared by the organization.
communities in mining areas in Africa shared the same problems
adding that it required concerted efforts to ensure they
benefited from the resources.
on mining is usually kept secret and only the government and
the investor are privy to and the model law will help
communities know their rights,” Maghenda said.
will come and do the exploration and leave with all the
benefits leaving the communities poorer than they found them
and this law will address some of those challenges,” he added.
Gilbert Sendegua said the law will also seek to empower
communities to know their rights and how to deal with an
investor willing to carry out mining activities.
“Some of the
issues that may help here is involving the communities and
government in projects that may be of benefit to them like
construction of schools, hospitals and other amenities,”
He said that the
model law will be distributed to all communities in Africa where
mining is done and called on governments to see how it can be
put to legislation.
In the Kenyan
situation, the senior officer called on senators to look at some
of the provisions in the law so as to incorporate them with the
mining bill currently before it.
“We know that the
bill in the senate will benefit many communities but we also
call on them to look at this model one and how best some of
its provisions can be cooperated in it before it is passed,”