Statement by outgoing Kenyan CS for Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu:
“I wish to thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for nominating me Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Republic of Tanzania.
I will always be grateful to his wise counsel, guidance and support.
I appreciate very much his renewed confidence and trust in me to take on this new strategic assignment.
The United Republic of Tanzania is one of Kenya’s top ten export markets – I see this as a unique opportunity to enhance the Kenya-Tanzania trade relations for the benefit of both the great people of Kenya and Tanzania as well as the larger region (EAC, Great Lakes Region and COMESA).
I thank the entire team at the Ministry of Mining for the hard work and delivery and wish you all the best as you continue with reforms and initiatives to transform Mining for job and wealth creation.
John Munyes is the new Kenyan Minister for Petroleum and Mining.”
One of the many initiatives Kazungu was responsible for included the Kenya Mineral Rights Board – to get the Kenyan mining sector back on track.
The Kenya Mineral Rights Board paves the way for issuance of mining licenses as required under the Kenyan Mining Act 2016.
“The inauguration of the Kenya Mineral Rights Board is the epitome of our reform agenda for the mining sector,” said Kazungu, speaking at the launch.
“This is something the ministry has been looking forward to as industry stakeholders have been waiting for this day so that expired licenses and new applications can be considered in earnest by the board.”
The cabinet secretary expressed confidence in the Kenyan Mineral Rights Board and assured them of his and the ministry’s support in their functions.
Kazungu also clarified that, “the delay in inauguration of the Kenyan Mineral Rights Board was due to circumstances beyond our control. The key enabling regulations had to go through rigorous public participation sessions from stakeholders and parliament. It wasn’t until end of June that parliament approved these regulations before recess”
Having the Kenyan Mineral Rights Board in place now repeals the old system where decisions on licensing were made by a single office and individual in the person of the Commissioner of Mines and Geology.
The Kenyan Mineral Rights Board is set to provide more consultative processes of evaluation and consideration of concession and mineral rights applications as well as renewals that will ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the mining sector in Kenya.
This will in turn reduce the time taken to approve applications via the online cadastre.
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