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Written by Friends of The Congo¬†What is Coltan? (Download (PDF) coltan fact sheet) Coltan is short for Columbite-tantalite - a black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Congo. The Congo possesses 64 percent of the world's coltan. When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan is a vital element in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop computers, pagers, and other electronic devices.Who are the primary exploiters of Coltan in the Congo?Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are the primary exploiters of coltan in the Congo. In an 18 month period Rwanda made $250 million as a result of exploitation of coltan in the Congo. Although Rwanda and Uganda possess little or no coltan, during the…
As good news continue calculating about fresh discovery of oil wells in Turkana county, Kenya, Kenya should borrow a leaf from Botswana and make sure the British company Tullow Oil puts necessary infrastructure for processing crude reserves in northern Kenya both to boost domestic economy and create employment opportunities of the people of Turkana who have been marginalized for centuries (Imana, D. K. (2013). Recently a local newspaper nation (Daily Nation, 2014 January 16,) published an article explaining how continue to experience more oil discoveries. The author talked about an estimation of deposits in Turkana’s Lokichar basin to one billion barrels. This alone is enough to change not only the lives of the people of Turkana but also the Kenyan population and the region in general. Therefore, effective management of natural resources in Kenya, especially oil and other minerals in Turkana county and Kwale is needed to promote economic growth…

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