Small Scale Mining in Kakamega and Kisii County

Small scale gold miner sifts through sand at the Rosterman goldmines in Ikolomani, kakamega county

In 2013, under the auspices of the UNDP Global Programme for Extractive Industries and the UNDP Regional Africa Programme for Extractive Industries, UNDP Kenya developed the “Extractive Industries for Sustainable Human Development” project.  The project aims to improve the lives of people living in areas endowed with natural resources by improving governance, economic empowerment, promoting peace and environmental sustainability.

 

The media is a crucial component in the Extractive Industry.  It is through the media that the public is informed on emerging issues in this field.  It is therefore important for journalist to be equipped with knowledge and skills when reporting on extractives industries. The industry has faced a number of challenges; notably conflict among communities with minerals. Journalists are therefore tasked with the sole responsibility of disseminating the accurate information.  This will help a great deal in promoting peace and understanding among the affected communities.

The Media Council of Kenya, the Ministry of Mining and UNDP held a three day training for journalists on extractives in Kakamega County. 35 journalists from various media houses, drawn from Kakamega, Bungoma and Vihiga counties attended. Resource persons, Ministry of Mining staff, UNDP staff and Media Council staff were also part of the forum

While making a presentation on Media and Mining in Kenya, Dr. Haron Mwangi, the CEO, Media Council pointed out the need for media to act as a public watchdog to ensure accountability and effective governance. He called on journalists to have authoritative analysis of issues including getting reliable sources of information from experts and offer alternatives/solutions for the public to benefit. Dr. Mwangi called on Media to help local communities to manage expectations when new resources are discovered. Journalists were also urged to remain professional while covering issues of public interest.

 

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