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Kenya: Two dead and four missing miners

Two miners have been confirmed dead and four others are still missing in Macalder Mines in Nyatike Migori County after the quarry collapsed due to heavy rains that is pounding the area.
According to reports in one of the local dailies the Star, the bodies of the dead miners were pulled 24 hours after the accident raising issues regarding disaster response when such cases occur.

Rescue mission is currently going on excavators from Migori County Government and workers from Chinese Mining Companies operating in the locality leading the exercise. However local leaders faulted slow response when such disaster occur with the local MP Tom Odege accusing the County and the National Government of laxity in setting up a disaster response center.

The Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) send condolence messages to the families and friends of the bereaved and is condemning local mining companies of ignoring safety of the miners and focusing more on profits over livelihoods of the miners and the locals.

Meanwhile the KPL is decrying increased cases of small scale artisanal mining that is cropping in the area from Oyugis in Homa bay County to Kanga area in Migori County not forgetting Macalder where the accident occurred as they are encroaching on farm lands eating up spaces for food production and this could have an effect on Food Sovereignty.

The KPL Policy Advisor Cidi Otieno called for streamlining of laws on mining to protect farm lands that are the source of livelihoods for the local peasant communities.
David Calleb Otieno
Policy Chief and Head of Secretariat

Kenyan Peasants League
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