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Kenya: A mining company applauded for participating in local development

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2013

  • By JEFF OTIENO, Kenya

Residents of God Nyango in Oyugis town Homa Bay County have applauded a local iron ore mining company for ploughing back to the community by building schools, churches, and offering employment to the locals.

The consortium company operating under the flagship Skylight Ltd  which is the first one of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa extracts from iron ore products like twisted bars,deformed bars,angles iron,window section,nails and wire rods among others.

The exploration work in Oyugis started four years ago and the main processing plant is at Awasi in Nyando Kisumu County where over 1200 locals have been employed.

Speaking to the press during a tour by some foreign engineers in both facilities, the Managing Director Janteen Patel praised the local communities for their maximum cooperation and support adding that their attitude will spur development as envisaged in the memorandum of understanding. Mr Patel further emphasised that all the agreed development plans with the locals will be adhered to its entirety.

 

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Kenya: One person died with scores injured in Nyando area.

Posted by African Press International on May 10, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

One person died and 10 others suffered serious injuries following a road accident at Awasi on the Kisumu-Nairobi road.

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) West Kenya region assistant manager Emmanuel Owako said the victim’s body was removed to the Ahero District Hospital Mortuary.

“The accident took place at around 5 am Tuesday morning and we responded immediately by carrying the victims to Ahero District Hospital, most had sustained head injuries, fractures on limbs and were later taken to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu for treatment”, Mr Owako said.

The accident involved an Easy Coach bus travelling from Nairobi to Busia. The driver lost control on reaching Awasi. The bus had 35 passengers on board.

“The accident was heightened by the fact that the Awasi road is very steep and under construction and there was a heavy downpour at the time of the accident.

This worked against the driver,” Western region Easy Coach Operations Manager Samuel Nyakundi said.

Mr Nyakundi said the bus rolled several times and the injured were receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.

“So far, I have been able to talk to one girl who sustained a fracture. The rest have been taken for surgery,” said Mr Nyakundi.

Nyando police boss Elias Gitonga confirmed the accident saying that investigations had been launched.

“We cannot, of course, rule out the situation of the road and the heavy downpour, one sure thing is that there was no other vehicle involved in the accident, the driver just lost control,” Mr Gitonga said.

 

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