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Gold Miners In Transmara, Narok County Appeal For Help

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Gold Miners In Transmara, Narok County Appeal For Help
Over 3,000 small scale gold miners in lolgorian in Transmara Sub
county Narok County have appealed for support towards sustainable long
term solutions to improve their safety during excavation in the area.
Speaking at Ololtingual village, the miners who are also members of
lolgorian Farmers of Gold Self Help Group appealed to the County and
the National governments to provide them with subsidized protective
mining gear for the activity.
They cited lack of equipment like helmets, gold pans, smelter
machines and gumboots among others saying they were not locally
available in the country, several decades since gold was discovered in
the area in the 1960s.
Simon Odoyo (aka Jaramba), the former Chairman of the group which has
membership drawn from ten mining sites decried lack of machines like
compressor, Jaw crusher and shaker which could increase efficiency and
income of the mining community.
He lamented that the miners were still using mercury to extract gold
from crashed rock which is a health hazard.
Current Chairman John Okelo applauded an American well-wisher who
recently donated a shaker machine that can be used in place of
mercury, and for introducing a new model for value addition but noted
that much more backing would elevate the members.
Jacob Sige who is the Ololtingual site overseer noted that the Covid19
pandemic had made matters worse after the mining activity was closed
for two weeks by the county government to control spread of the
disease.
Well-wisher Matt Hales who has been teaching them on value addition
models to their commodity said the miners needed self-sustaining
solutions like use of new technology to increase efficiency of gold
mining in the area.
He said use of Mercury and other chemicals were hazardous to health as they could
cause diseases like Tuberculosis.
He noted that over 18 million people doing such mining around the world
needed to get better models to reap better returns from the activity.
Cathrine Ngige who has been extracting gold from crushed rock for the
last 20 years said the exercise was a costly venture that required
better models to benefit many widows and orphans working at the sites.
Ngige however noted that the business had educated and put bread on
the table for her five children.
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