NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government has embarked on a dialogue
process with communities to come up with a viable formula of
sharing proceeds of mineral, oil and gas extraction, an official
said on Tuesday.
John Munyes, the
Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining, said that structured
dialogue with communities where extraction of minerals and
hydrocarbons is ongoing will help end spat over sharing of
wealth accrued from these resources.
“The government is
committed to ensure that communities accrue benefit from the
nascent extractive industry in the country. We are engaging
county governments and local communities to resolve conflicts
over allocation of mineral wealth,” said Munyes.
He spoke in Nairobi
during the inaugural national mining, oil and gas conference
convened by a consortium of grassroots campaigners advocating
for sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
representatives of multilateral agencies and green advocates,
attended the three-day forum whose goal is to revitalize
dialogue on equitable sharing of revenue accrued from extraction
of precious metals as well as oil and gas.
Munyes said that
enactment of progressive legislation and policies coupled with
public education will ensure Kenya avoid the resource curse that
has affected many African countries.
“Our constitution is
clear that public participation must guide exploration and
development of mineral resources to ensure they benefit
communities while protecting their environment,” said Munyes.
Kenya’s mining act
that was enacted in 2016 provides guidelines on how royalties in
regions where mining activities are taking place will be
John Omenge, the
Principal Secretary in the state department of mining, said that
mining companies are obliged to commit a minimum of 1 percent of
their revenue to support livelihood projects.
compensating land owners, the government in conjunction with
mining firms has prioritized development of social amenities
like schools and health centers to ensure communities benefit
from oil drilling and mineral extraction,” said Omenge.
He said the
government has engaged key stakeholders to end impasse over
sharing of revenue accrued from drilling of oil in the northern
county of Turkana.