North Mara Gold Mine has handed over 38 boreholes and two water projects to eleven villages. The mine spent 2.5bn/- to implement the projects which will see about 70,000 people accessing water closer to their homes.
North Mara Gold Mine is operated by Acacia Mining Plc. The Acting General Manager, Mr Wally Gregory GM, appealed for protection of the projects from vandalism, "Today North Mara Gold Mine is pleased to hand over water projects to communities around the mine," he said during the handover ceremony.
"Water is life and the mine has invested a lot of money for these water projects, therefore we appeal to everyone in the community to take care of the water infrastructure so that they are sustainable beyond the current generation," the mine official told residents of Kerende village," he added.
The event was officiated by Mr Emmanuel Johnson, Acting District Council Director) of Tarime District Council and witnessed by local leaders from the beneficiary villages.
Mr Johnson thanked the gold mine for supplementing the government's efforts in improving rural water service in the villages. He directed water users associations and leaders to ensure that the projects are protected.
"The mine has played its part and it is now our role to take care of the projects. This will encourage more support", Mr Johnson told the villagers.
Mr Zakayo Kalebo, a senior official of Community Relations Department (CR) at the mine said they have implemented short and long term projects.
"Our aim is to improve the welfare of communities living around the mine and we believe that benefits of mining activities must be shared with the local communities."