“Base Titanium welcomes the inauguration of the Mineral Rights Board, a key reform of the mining sector contained in the Mining Act 2016. We look forward to seeing prospecting and mining licenses being approved and having the sector make a greater contribution to Kenya’s economic transformation in line with Cabinet Secretary Kazungu’s goal of contributing 10% to GDP by 2030.”
General Manager External Affairs and Development
Mr Abel K. Chumba,
Chairperson Mineral Rights Board
Tuesday, 18th July 2017 (Nairobi, Kenya)… The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu, EGH, has inaugurated the Mineral Rights Board (MRB) paving the way for issuance of mining licences as required under the Mining Act 2016.
The appointed nine-member Mineral Rights Board team comprises of;
Speaking during the inauguration on Monday, CS Dan Kazungu said,
“Today’s inauguration of the Mineral Rights Board is the epitome of our reform agenda for the Mining sector. This is something the Ministry has been looking forward to as Industry stakeholders have been impatiently waiting for this day to come to pass so that the piled up expired licenses and new applications can be considered in earnest by the Board.”
According to section 31 of the Mining Act 2016, the Mineral Rights Board will be tasked with advising and giving recommendations in writing to the cabinet secretary on granting, rejection, retention, renewal, suspension, revocation, variation, assignment, trading, tendering or transfer of mineral rights.
In addition, the MRB will have the power to declare certain minerals as strategic minerals and the cessation, suspension or curtailment of production in respect to mining licences. The nine members will also determine fees, charges and royalties payable for a mineral right or mineral as well as advise on areas suitable for small scale and artisanal mining among other duties.
The Cabinet Secretary expressed confidence in the Mineral Rights Board and assured them of his and the ministry’s support in discharging their functions. He also clarified that, “the delay in inauguration of the Mineral rights Board was due to circumstances beyond our control. The key enabling regulations had to go through rigorous public participation sessions from stakeholders and parliament. Parliament only approved these regulations at the end of June before proceeding on recess."
Having the Mineral Rights Board in place now repeals the old system where decisions on licensing were made by a single office and individual in the person of the Commissioner of Mines and Geology. The MRB is set to provide more consultative processes of evaluation and consideration of concession and mineral rights applications as well as renewals that will ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the Mining Sector in Kenya. This will in turn reduce the time taken to approve applications via the online cadaster. The Mining The newly appointed Chairperson and members of the Mineral Rights Board under section (2) (a) and (h) shall hold office for a period of three years and may be eligible for re appointment for a further one term.
The Ministry of Mining in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service (KNADS) is undertaking a major exercise to appraise and scan and digitize records relating to the Elemi Triangle.
The exercise being conducted at the Madini House, Industrial Area seeks to reconstruct and digitize mining related documents dating back to 1904, these document are critical and of great value not only to the Ministry but the Mining Sector as a whole. The task is expected to last about six (6) having commenced 15th December 2016.
This exercise was necessitated by a directive by the Head of Public Service that all Ministries improve the status of storage and access to old records. It is against this background Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Mining constituted an internal committee to plan and undertake the exercise in collaboration with a the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service.
Some of the documents, those of the 1900’s are in tartars and are being restored by the Kenya National Archives, scanned and conserved as data for the Sector as they contain critical information that is of great value not only to the Ministry, but the Mining Sector as a whole.
There are over 2,390 files which have so far been identified for permanent preservation and have since been digitized and concereved for safe storage, whilst out of about 3150 files identified for retention only 350 have been scanned and digitized.
The Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service (KNADS) provided a team of six technical officers and 16 Casuals, while the Ministry provided adequate personnel to assist in the dusting and listing of the records. In total, the team consists of over 50 people carrying out the following tasks:
The work is being undertaken in two stages as follows:-
|Category||Number of files|
|Human Resource (Personal) files||964|
This exercise has exposed the need tofuther build capcaities in records management skills to safe gaurd and store data which form an integral part of the Ministry at the Mining Sector. Non-recordeds materilas should be seperated from valuable data for ease of retrival and space.Similarly, the digitization has facilitaed the restoration of documents that where hirthto rendered useless due to defacing as a result of age and poor storage. It has also given life to documnats and record that were ‘dead’from this excersice, it is prudent that the Ministry embaces fully morden filiing methods andf indexing that are quick and save on space that is digitization and conservation of records and discard outdated filing systems which are tedious, cumbersome occcupy alot of space and are difficult to revtrive.With digitization, large old maps were appraised, scanned and concerved in flash disks .
It thus prdent that an appropriate Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS)is procured and installed for storing, searching and rendering the already digitized records. This will ensure that only digital copies are used while the original records are secured and only accessed in exceptional circumstances. This mahine will greatly expedite the processing of storing nad reteving data, includng maps