Siaya Gold Mine in Kenya face tragedy

Two people died after a gold mining shaft caved in and covered them in Bondo, Siaya County in Kenya.

Bondo Deputy County Commissioner Richard Karani, confirmed the report and said a search and rescue mission was launched but it was too late. He said bodies of the two middle-aged men were retrieved and taken to the Bondo sub-county hospital mortuary.

Unlicensed mine

“It is an unfortunate incident because we have lost two people,” he said, “We did not even know there was a gold mine here.”

The police chief said the gold mine was not licensed by authorities. And following the tragedy, Karani ordered an audit and inspection of mining activities in the area.

“We are going to conduct an inspection to audit all mining sites in the sub-county to ensure they meet the safety standards. People found operating mining sites illegally will be arrested and prosecuted,” he added.


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