Large-scale gold mining will soon resume in Kenya after the government enacts new mining laws to attract foreign companies, a government official said.

Gold mining in Kenya stopped in 1952 at the height of the struggle for independence, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

Mines and Geology commissioner Bernard Rop said the government has drafted new mining laws to attract foreign investors and make mining profitable for local and foreign companies.

Rop said the government has already granted licences to several foreign companies to resume gold prospecting in the former mines in Rosterman, Ikolomani, and Viyalo in the former larger Kakamega district and Macaldar in the Migori district.

Rop said that cooperate groups can be formed to acquire capital and modern mining equipment to undertake deep ground mining, which is more profitable than the open cast and shaft mining.