What Might Bite the Mining Sector

The Abraham

In 2010, every other newspaper article had the word “promulgation” somewhere.  Then soon after, we were treated to “devolution” “gubernatorial”, “running mate”  “strongholds” “amicus curiae” among several others. Kenyans love buzzwords and titles. They discover one, and they will dwell on it like it has an expiry date coming soon. There is a new buzzword in town: nascent.

Nascent has been widely used to describe the Kenyan mining sector by, well, everybody. This mirrors the view that Kenya is poised to be a mineral resource powerhouse and so is this well founded given the fact that there has been good news coming from Turkana, Kitui, Kwale among many other places.

Looking back, anyone might remember the then energy minister, Mr. Kiraitu Murungi, rounding up journalists to show them a bottle with some dark liquid that was supposed to be a sample of oil. The visibly excited minister announced…

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