The Ministry of Mining Principal Secretary Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed has said Corruption hinders social progress and development, contributes to endemic and widespread poverty, conflict and insecurity and above all inequality.
Around the world and particularly in developing countries, corruption is the most spoken about topical issue and problem facing nation states.
Speaking at the launch of the Transparency International Corruption Risk Assessment Report Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed said “Bribery and other benefits of economic crimes sought in order to access public services immensely erode the trust between citizens and government as well as industry. Corruption diminishes confidence in public institutions and systems and depresses the appetite for investments.”
Kenya has enacted laws and regulations for adoption with measures to curb corruption across the country. The Ministry of Mining for instance now penalizes those who illegally seek to permits and licenses for dealership and mining to eliminate corruption. Miners apply for licenses and permits through the online cadastre system which has encouraged transparency and accountability by making the process straightforward.
The Ministry together with stakeholders including Mining Companies, Artisanal & Small Scale Miners and the County governments and other key government agencies and constitutional commissions to streamline the mining sector and initiate key transformations to drive Mining in the country. These measures and actions in the current Mining Law and Regulations backed by institutional and systemic reforms are expected to significantly reduce and gradually eliminate these graft and corruption practices.
“The newly established Mineral rights board has eliminated the lengthy process of licence application. The MRB is now fully constituted. The members of the board have been inducted in their roles, the Mining Act 2016 and the Regulations. They have developed their operation plan and have embarked on their work, Mr. Mohamed added.
He however noted that at times delays in implementation of reforms were caused by factors beyond the control of the Ministry as it involved other key players in the process including the Attorney General’s chambers and calendars of both Houses of Parliament for approval from all sectors.
The Ministry of Mining is continuously addressing capacity issues in order to better serve industry. Trainings, inductions and refresher courses for technical staff coupled with recruitment of over 97 technical officers in various professions including Geologists, Inspectors of Mines, Chemists and Cartographers.
The mining sector in Kenya is considered the next frontier for economic growth in the country’s diverse economy.