A quarry in Kisii that collapsed on Monday Morning leaving two people dead will remain closed for a short period of time as Government finds the way forward.
Speaking on Wednesday at Bomwancha in Kisii South Sub-county after an inspection, John Omenge the permanent secretary for mining has revealed that the deadly quarry tragedy was as a result of physical geography on rock structure and ignorance by workers on Safety measures.
Omenge who sent condolence to the families affected said they will officially formalize mining activity in the area by forming registered groups and committee which will consist of members from both National and County Governments.
He said the committee will include gender and special groups.
“We will officially formalize artisan mining in this area by forming a committee which will include both County and National Government. We call upon people to form groups, register them and apply for single licensees for collective benefits and response to emergencies,” Said Omenge.
According to Omenge, the quarry will remain closed for a short period as they find the way forward since its a source of income for the locality.
Accompanying him was the Kisii county minister for environment and natural resources Skitter Ocharo who said excavation of rocks for building materials by unregistered people and on private land had posed challenges on sensitization campaign.