The earmarked site for construction of a Ksh 5.8 Billion Gold Refinery Plant at Iguhu, Ikolomani Sub-County in Kakamega County has officially been handed over to the Investor, HNOU Chinese Company, to kickstart construction process of the eagerly awaited project that will be completed within one year.

Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Hon. Salim Mvuria graced the exercise and assured residents that the factory will tremendously spur economic growth in the area. The CS explained that artisanal and small-scale miners will benefit from the project further boosting revenue collection in Kakamega County.

The National Government through the State Department for Mining has already gazetted the Artisanal Mining committees within Kakamega County.

Kakamega County Secretary and Head of Head of Public Service Dr. Lawrence Omuhaka represented H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa at the event and informed residents that Governor Barasa’s administration has put in place proper mechanisms and created an enabling environment for more investors to establish their businesses in the County. The County Government of Kakamega provided land for construction of the factory.

The event was also attended by the PS State Department for Mining Mr. Elijah Mwangi, Members of Parliament led by the area MP Hon. Benard Shinali and County Executives led by the CECM for Water, Environment, Natural resources and Climate Change Mrs Peninah Mukabane.