In Summary
  • Kwale and Taita Taveta have laid claim to the Kuranze mining zone which is home to several gemstone miners.
  • They are also entangled in a boundary dispute over Macknon Road area, each claiming that it is within their boundary.
  • Miners in the area said the Kwale County government has been forcing them to pay mining taxes.

A new boundary dispute is brewing between Taita Taveta and Kwale counties.

This is after the two counties laid claim to the Kuranze mining zone which is home to several gemstone miners.

The two counties are also entangled in a boundary dispute over Macknon Road area, each claiming that it is within their boundary.

Residents and leaders of Taita Taveta County feel that the fresh claim is an act of aggression by their neighbours.

MINING TAXES

Miners in the area said the Kwale County government has been forcing them to pay mining taxes to their offices.

They also reported harassment by police officers and Kwale County officials if they fail to comply.

A gemstone miner, Japhet Mademu, said they are forced to travel for many hours to Kwale town to get mining permits.

“We all know Kuranze is in Taita Taveta County. We don’t know why our neighbours keep on poking us,” said Mr Mademu.

MINING ROYALTIES

He said Taita Taveta County is not benefitting from the mining zone as all royalties are paid to the neighbouring county.

He urged leaders to resolve the dispute before it escalates into a bigger problem.

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