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Written by William A.Twayigize Coltan, short for Columbite-tantalite is a metallic ore comprising Niobium and Tantalum, found mainly in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire). When refined, coltan becomes a heat resistant powder, metallic tantalum which has unique properties for storing electrical charge. Of the 525 tons of tantalum used in the USA in 1998, 60% was used in tantalum capacitors, with a predicted growth rate of 14% per annum (from Uganda Gold Mining Ltd web site).It is therefore a vital component in the capacitors that control current flow in cell phone circuit boards. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BLOOD COLTAN DOCUMENTARY)Mining ColtanColtan is mined by hand in the Congo by groups of men digging basins in streams by scrapping off the surface mud. They then "slosh" the water around the crater, which causes the Coltan ore to settle to the bottom of the crater…
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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