NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3 – Kenya exported 1,635 kilograms of gold valued at Sh5.6 billion to Dubai and South Africa in 2011.
Official documents from the department of mines and geology seen by Capital FM News also show that the country exported 2,355 kilograms of the mineral valued at Sh6.2 billion in 2010 to Italy, South Africa, Canada and Dubai.
The documents show the gold originated from Turkana, Migori, Moyale, West Pokot, Lodwar, Kapenguria, Siaya, Kakamega and Nandi.
Officials at the mines and geology department said all the companies that were behind the export were genuine and licensed to handle the gold in the period under review.
The department released the data on Wednesday to discount earlier press reports that suggested two separate consignments of 400 kilograms and two tonnes of the precious metal may have been exported from Kenya after being brought to the country from DRC Congo.
Media reports last week insinuated that more than 2.4 tons of the precious mineral passed through the country to Dubai in the said period with the aid of senior government officials. The officials say during the period no gold was brought from outside on transit to any foreign country.
But officials said the claims were fictitious out to con unsuspecting buyers.
“Such reports are totally fictitious, there was nothing like that,” an official at the geology department said.
Documents in our possession show how three Congolese suspects- Jean Claude Dyansangu Kanza, Jean Claude Mundeke Kabara alias General and Ruphin Kazadi Elumba allegedly conned a Gabonese national Ulrich Anass Bongo Ngonyi of a staggering Sh115.8 million in false pretence that they could supply him with 400 kilograms of gold.
The case in which they have been accused of conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by false pretences is still pending in court.