Illegal gold miners on Wednesday night burnt down property belonging to investor David May of Karebe Gold Mine Company, in Chemelil-Chemase division in Tinderet, Nandi County.
The miners were on a retaliatory attack after police prevented them earlier in the day from entering the underground tunnels to mine.
Armed with petrol, they pulled down the gate and set fire on the Managing Director’s main house, three vehicles and a generator.
According to the Karebe Gold Mine Company administrator Albert Kiplimo, the attackers vandalized properties and made away with valuables including laptops that had information about the company.
“The MD has lost property worth millions. He is currently emotionally drained wondering where to start,” said Kiplimo.
He called upon the security agencies to take the issue seriously and ensure justice prevails for the investor.
Speaking at the site, Tinderet Deputy County Commissioner Esther Oyugi condemned the incident saying that it had caused massive destruction of property.
“The incident is regrettable and we have launched investigations into the matter. So far, 13 suspects have been arrested and are in police custody, waiting to be arraigned in court,” said Oyugi.
Karebe Gold mining company was founded in 2009 and it has been given a 25 years’ operating license.
By Bethsheba Abuya