Kakamega County government has banned mining activities in Ikolomani area after Thursday's tragedy that flash five lives.
The move came barely one day after five people died and five others seriously injured after a rock fell on them while prospecting gold in Ikolomani sub county, Kakamega county on Thursday evening.
Local sources say five individuals escaped unhurt during the thursday evening incident that occurred at 7:00 pm at Bushiangala village.
Police said the bodies were retrieved and taken to the Kakamega County General Hospital mortuary.
The injured were admitted at the Shibwe Level Four hospital.
Cases of deaths in Ikolomani mines are common during the rainy season. Residents in Ikolomani are proned with abandoned sites which are believed to be death traps to human beings and livestock.
However, in 2019, the county government temporarily suspended mining activities for sometime avoid cases of deaths during the rainy seasons.
Ikolomani sub-county administrators and their assistants have been directed to ensure the localss do not enter the mines to avoid such accidents in future.
Kakamega County Commissioner Pauline Dola who confirmed the Thursday evening incident urged the chiefs to ensure locals adhered with the directive.
Ikolomani goldmine site is considered the heart of mining activities in Kakamega County. Villagers usually harbour the mines left long time ago by the colonial government in the 1930s to prospect for the minerals.
"We know the area is renowned for its minor gold deposits which attract hordes of prospectors who brave the often rickety shafts in search for the commodity," Pauline said.
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