Barely a day after Trade, Investments, and Industry CS Moses Kuria spoke about the mining of coal in Kitui, Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai has told off the CS that no coal mining will happen along the Mui basin; Zombe /Mwitika ward, Mutitu/Kaliku, Mui, and Nuu wards in Kitui County.
Mbai urged those who are focusing on coal mining in Kitui to stop especially Moses Kuria who suggested that coal mining should start. He noted the activity will expose Kitui residents to health complications from air and water pollution.
” We urge those with a coal mining appetite to tame their uncalled-for thirst and find alternatives to raising the national grid. We resist coal mining because it will expose our community to adverse health perils and contribute to already existing consequences of climate change,” the vocal UDA MP reiterated.
Mbai claimed that Coal mining exposes the community to airborne toxic pollutants. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems, acid rain, global warming, and other severe environmental and public health impacts. According to Mbai, coal-fired power plants can produce more than millions of tons of coal ash annually. More than half of this waste ends up contaminating waterways and rivers.
“Chemically, coal is mostly carbon, which, when burned, reacts with oxygen in the air to produce carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas. When released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide works like a blanket, warming the earth above normal limits. We are currently facing impacts of climate change characterized by extreme climatic conditions such as the current drought and la Nina. Anti-Coal mining crusade taking a new shape,” he added.
Replying to Moses Kuria when he called upon President Ruto to engage local leaders from Kitui and see how the coal can be mined in Kitui, Nimrod cautioned Kuria against misadvising President Ruto because during campaigns he already told the President why it is impossible to mine the valuable mineral.
“Moses Kuria you misadvised the President on this one. The last time I was in Mutitu (Ndooa) with the President I made it clear to him that we cannot allow coal mining in our area and gave out elaborate reasons. The reason Moses Kuria would bring up the matter in the presence of the President and on live TV, from a far land from Kitui, even without having consulted with any leader from the area can’t be explained,” the legislator went on.
He urged the people of Kitui not to fear because there is nobody who will be going to mine coal in Kitui and told off Moses Kuria to go and mine coal in Gatundu.
“To my people, there is no reason to worry, You will never see anyone mining coal on our Land, Never. Moses Kuria can go and mine coal in Gatundu,”
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