By HSE East Africa | Friday Sep 15, 2017
Lack of regulation in the quarry sub-sector in Kenya has led to degradation of the environment, misuse of revenues meant to be remitted to the national government, investors and the communities.
This is according to Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu who spoke in August during the unveiling of a 15 member task force on the administration of quarries for a period of one year to work towards reorganizing the quarry business in the country. The team will be chaired by Edward Mulewa Mwachinga.
The cabinet Secretary also noted that despite the challenges in the sub-sector, there are also numerous opportunities for Kenyans to tap into as Kenya is undergoing infrastructure transformation that largely requires construction minerals in nearly all aspects.
According to the terms of reference indicated in a gazette notice dated 28th July, 2017, the Taskforce is required to among other things;
- Assess the state of environmental compliance of all active and inactive quarries in Kenya,
- Assess the status of health and safety compliance of all active and inactive quarries in Kenya and
- Assess the use of explosives in the subsector and the impact of such use in and around the quarry sites;
- Propose mechanisms for the rehabilitation and utilization of inactive quarry sites
The Secretariat of the Taskforce shall be based at the Ministry of Mining offices and shall report to the Cabinet Secretary