A mining company has announced discovery of traces of gold Kishushe area in Taita Taveta County. This is according to Wanjala Mining Company which is mining ore at Kishushe area in Wandunye constituency.

“We are still doing proper prospecting in the area after discovering signs of gold in the iron ore”, said Kaburu Sangani one of those mining ore in the area.

Geological surveys indicate that substantial quantities of the mineral deposits are yet to be fully explored and developed in the region due to financial and technical constrains. The Minister for Enviroment, Chirau Ali Makwere in a visit to the site announced that the government was planning to undertake a Sh16 billion three-year survey of minerals across the country.

“Our country is very rich in mineral resources, but we have not conducted an aerial survey to establish the type and volume of mineral resources”, said the minister.

Taita Taveta County is home to more than 40 high value gemstones. It is also said to have other industrial minerals like copper and cobalt. Discovery of gold will not only be good news to the residents of the area but will add Kenya to Africa’s list of gold mining nations.

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