Second Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

The Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Forum (MSDF) on Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Taita Taveta County hosted its second forum on 6th November 2020. In the spirit of exchanging ideas and best practices, the participants discussed in detail the issues facing ASM in Taita Taveta and proposed concrete actions towards the development of a County Sustainable Mining Action Plan for a more inclusive and responsible ASM sub-sector in Taita Taveta County.
Conflicts over land and mineral resources are commonplace in parts where gemstones are mined in Taita Taveta County. Historically, the local community has expressed their struggles over land rights and mineral resources. To begin to find a joint solution to land concerns, three key stakeholders joined the MSDF: Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association, and the Taita Taveta Senator who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Lands, Environment and Natural Resources.

Second Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
These three critical stakeholders joined the conversations on the state of mining in the National Parks and the Ranches in the County. Some key discussion highlights:
  • Miners in the National Park were issued with mining permits in the 1970s. Since then, no new entrants have been permitted into the National Parks.
  • There is a possibility to mine in the National Parks. However, priority will be given to conservation of other natural resources in instances where gemstones are found.
  • There is need to resolve the concern where mining permits in the ranches are given out by the government without due consultations or consideration of the ranch owners.
  • The ranchers expressed willingness to allow miners into their ranches but only if the rule of law is followed. Ranchers requested for a meeting with the Regional Mines Officer in order to come up with a policy that allows for mining to take place in their ranches. Ranchers also need to be invited to future mining forums held in the County.
  • More open forums to discuss land are necessary. (It was later agreed that a special session on land will be held in the next MSDF meeting to be held on the 4th December 2020).
  • Key MSDF 2 Outcomes The endorsement of the outcomes of the first MSDF deliberations and outcomes. The motion to endorse the outcomes was moved and seconded by two miners.
  • Discussion of missing issues, interventions, timelines, identification of resources needed to achieve MSDF objectives, and stakeholders with interests and/or resources.
  • Opening a dialogue on the possibility of miners accessing the National Parks and Ranches if the right structures are put in place.
  • Identification of stakeholders that ought to be included in the secretariat, in particular from the Ministry of Lands.
  • Reiteration on the need to build strong MSDF management and accountability structures.
  • MSDF Secretariat to push for the gazettement of the Artisanal Mining Committee (AMC) by the Government of Kenya (Section 94 of Mining Act 2016).

MSDF Stakeholders Roles and Responsibilities

  • To co-create a more responsible and inclusive ASM sector in Taita Taveta County, all mining stakeholders have a role to play. MSDF members discussed and agreed to:
  • Actively participate in all discussions aimed at developing a County Sustainable Mining Action Plan.
  • Put forward proposals for improving the mining environment, governance, policies and practices.
  • Provide material, financial, intellectual and human resources in the implementation of the County Sustainable Mining Action Plan.
  • Discuss, approve and abide by the rules, procedures and internal policies of the MSDF.
  • Scrutinize the monitoring and evaluation information by the Secretariat.
  • Approve the MSDF’s reports and documentation.
  • Disseminate information about the Forum’s activities and results.
  • Provide feedback to each other and to the secretariat.
  • Put strong measures in place for collection, control and management of finances; members expected to be accountable