Post Courier | August 31, 2018
An expatriate who has been working with the Mineral Resources Authority is claimed to be leaking confidential data and information to mining companies.
This was made known by Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro, who asked his series of questions to Mining Minister Johnson Tuke.
In his questions he asked?:
When will the permanent managing director be appointed?;
When will the minister appoint the MRA board chairman?;
Is the minister aware that there are some state highly confidential data and information being disclosed to mining companies by an expatriate working in a senior position in MRA?;
Is the minister also aware that the same expatriate is stopping a lot of economic mining projects with minor technical issues and delaying the projects?; and
Is minister also aware that the same person was given the work permit while still working in the country?
Mr Tuke said in the case of the MD and board chairman the MRA Act was only passed some months ago.
“This has not been gazetted yet, however, once it is passed, the board will give me three names and I will put through the process,” he said.
“For the third question I am not aware of information leaking out but I will look into it, for the fourth question, I am mindful and we have policies to go by if they are conducting themselves within the law, I have no issue with that but if he is conducting himself outside of the law, I will look into that.
“For the fifth question, yes it is true and I have given directives for officers to look into that.”