Trading ICC Woes for Kenya’s Wealth: Kenyatta’s Stealth Onslaught on Kenya’s Minerals and Communal Land!
It has been reported that Mining Minister Najib Balala has revoked all mining lincences issued recently. Instead of forming a public company (owned by all Kenyans) which would hold stakes in mines and oil, alongside a sovereign wealth fund to manage revenue from these industries on behalf of all Kenyans, Uhuru Kenyatta is walking the nation through secretly negotiated dealings that will instead privatize our natural resources for exploitation of multinational corporations and few oligarchs like himself.
If Jubilee ever lies they intend to do so –it would be nothing but lip service and plain lies! That’s because behind closed doors, lopsided mineral dealings are currently ongoing – with the center of these negotiations being the horse-trading of Kenyatta and Ruto’s personal (legal) problems at the ICC.
Media is completely silent to report the real intrigues behind such moves by Balala (dictated from State House) which are otherwise keeping many County Governors restless.
THE TRUTH BEHIND BALALA’S REVOCATION OF MINERAL LICENSES
1. Kenya’s stash of underground minerals is worth hundreds of times more than the recent oil and natural gas finds. The country has the 2nd largest Niobium mine in the world. Niobium’s global market is currently hot – likely to fetch billions of dollars to corporations exporting it – because of its use in assembling computer and aircraft parts.
2. Chinese, Canadian, South African and a few European mining companies are engaged in fierce wars over control of these mines. It is against this backdrop that Uhuru Kenyatta is secretly using his ICC legal troubles as bargaining chip for negotiating new mining and oil contracts.
3. Kenyatta himself sits on huge tracts of irregularly acquired land underneath which lie several of these mines within the newly devolved (but still weak and poorly funded) Counties of Taita Taveta, Kwale, and Kilifi.
4. In 2011, there were only 30 registered mining companies in Kenya – today the number stands at above 300. A Chinese mining corporation recently signed a Sh 8 Trillion mining deal for Niobium mining at Kwale. Cortec Mining, a subsidiary of Canada’s Pacific Wildcat Resources (alongside few Anglo-Leasing-type Kenyan oligarchs), also recently signed a deal to mine Niobium in the same vicinity.
5. The trouble is – these humongous contracts were facilitated by Kibaki-era bureaucrats who made billions in kickbacks. The incoming Uhuruto crew is equally zealous to make their own cut, and use their ICC woes as leverage to secure NEW quid-pro-quo deals with the Canadians, Chinese, South Africans, French, and Anglo-American interests.They want to cut out competition and control an oligarchy of just a few cartels exploiting Kenya’s minerals.
6. It is against this backdrop that Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended the Kibaki-appointed Commissioner of Mines Moses Masibo and revoked all the mining licences issued under the Kibaki administration. At the table of all new negotiations is –“drop the ICC charges then we sign deals!”
7. Parallel to the new mining dealings to be “overseen” by Uhuru’s new errand-man Najib Balala (Mining Minister), is a simultaneous frenzy of acquisition of land titles in the mines spanning across Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Machakos, and Kitui. These irregular land speculation dealings are currently passing through the hands of Charity Ngilu (Lands Minister).
CASE STUDY: TAITA TAVETA COUNTY MINERALS AND THE KENYATTA FAMILY IS AN OLD SECRET
· * The idle land held by the Kenyatta family in the counties of Taita Taveta, Kwale, Lamu and Kilifi are essentially speculation holdings underneath which lie multi-billion-worth of natural minerals.
· * The secret to this wealth was shared to Jomo Kenyatta by outgoing British colonialists in secret pre-independence deals –following prospective studies done by British Geologists in the 1950s. Kenyatta’s nephew Beth Mugo has been actively involved in privatization of these mining concerns.
· * The Kenyatta family specifically sits on 74,000 acres of Taveta and 30,000 acres of Taita land underneath which lie gemstones and minerals like Niobium, Tsavorite, Ruby, Sapphire, Tourmalines, Rhodolites, Kyanites and about 40 agro-minerals minerals like limestone and phosphates.
· * As per the 2009 census, a majority of Taita Taveta’s population of 300,000 live in dire poverty (66%) while remaining disenfranchised from ancestral land that they could be farming – by 2 families, the Kenyattas and the Criticos. The story of Kwale and Kilifi is similar – a sad case of gross expropriation of land from poor natives. This is the same tale recently witnessed at Narasha (Ol Karia).
· * The Jubilee government of Uhuru Kenyatta is planning to completely privatize these mining concerns to rake in huge multi-billion payoffs and also to buy into stake-holdings of incoming mining companies.
· In all this, where is the voice of natives of devolved counties and other Kenyan taxpayers?
Kenyans of all walks of life, of all ages, all races and tribes, from all 47 Counties need to call for serious dialogue regarding the future management of our natural resources – for the benefit of all Kenyans, not just a privileged few. A Parliament that is not beholden to parochial “Jubilee” interests should have essentially taken lead in this serious matter.
The opposition may have helped unearth these irregularities but should not be intimidated into silence regarding this plain robbery. The ICC problem should not be used to further disenfranchise Kenyans.