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LAWS OF KENYA GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT CHAPTER 311 Revised Edition 2012 [1962] Published by the National Council for Law Reporting with the Authority of the Attorney-General www.kenyalaw.org [Rev.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans CHAPTER 311 GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS PART I PRELIMINARY Section 1.

Short title.

2.

Interpretation.

PART II ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARD AND PROVISION OF MONEYS 3.

Establishment and Constitution of Board.

4.

Board to be body corporate.

5.

Chairman.

6.

Procedure and meetings of Board.

7.

Execution of documents.

8.

Exemption from stamp duty and other charges.

9.

Provision out of public funds.

PART III GRANT OF LOANS BY THE BOARD 10.

Loans.

11.

Repayment of loans.

12.

Loans to be free of interest.

PART IV MISCELLANEOUS 13.

Appeals.

14.

Accounts.

15.

Access to accounts, etc., of Board.

16.

Board may require production of accounts, etc.

17.

Rules.

18.

Secrecy.

19.

False statements.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans CHAPTER 311 GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT [Date of assent: 22nd April, 1952.] [Date of commencement: 22nd April, 1952.] An Act of Parliament to provide for the granting of financial assistance for the underground development of gold mines in Kenya, and for purposes incidental thereto and connected therewith [Act No.

18 of 1952, L.N.

293/1956, L.N.

342/1956, L.N.

343/1956, L.N.

172/1960, L.N.

173/1960, L.N.

496/1961, L.N.

550/1961, L.N.

649/1963, L.N.

2/1964, L.N.

365/1964, Act No.

12 of 1985.] PART I PRELIMINARY 1.

Short title This Act may be cited as the Gold Mines Development Loans Act.

2.

Interpretation In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires gold mine means a mine which produces gold either alone or in conjunction with any other mineral; the Board means the Gold Mines Development Loans Board established by section 3.

PART II ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARD AND PROVISION OF MONEYS 3.

Establishment and Constitution of Board (1) There is hereby established a Board, to be known as the Gold Mines Development Loans Board.

(2) The Board shall consist of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for industry, who shall be the chairman, the Senior Mining Engineer of the Mines and Geological Department and two persons appointed by the Minister after consultation with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

4.

Board to be body corporate The Board shall be a body corporate, and shall be capable of suing and of being sued, and of purchasing or otherwise acquiring; holding and alienating property, movable and immovable, and subject to the provisions of this Act, of doing or performing such acts and things as bodies corporate may by law do and perform.

5.

Chairman (1) The chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board at which he is present.

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311 [Rev.

2012] Gold Mines Development Loans (2) If the chairman is absent from any meeting, the Board shall elect one of their number to act as chairman at that meeting.

6.

Procedure and meetings of Board (1) The Board shall meet at such times as may be necessary or expedient for the transaction of the business of the Board, and meetings shall be held at such place and time and on such days as the Board may determine.

(2) A quorum of the Board shall be two.

(3) The decisions of the Board shall be by a majority of votes; and if the votes are equal the chairman of the meeting shall have an additional vote.

(4) The powers of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof, nor by the fact that it is afterwards discovered that there was some defect in the appointment or qualifications of a person purporting to be a member of the Board.

(5) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall have power to regulate its own proceedings.

7.

Execution of documents All deeds, instruments, contracts and other documents shall be deemed to be duly executed by or on behalf of the Board if signed by the chairman of the Board and one other member.

8.

Exemption from stamp duty and other charges (1) No stamp duty, transfer duty or registration fee shall be payable in respect of any transfer of property to the Board otherwise than by way of mortgage or security for an advance.

(2) Subject to the exception contained in subsection (1), no certificate, instrument or other document issued by or in favour of the Board in giving effect to the powers conferred upon it by this Act shall be subject to stamp duty or to any fee or charge whatsoever, nor shall the Board be liable for the payment of any search or inspection fee in any mining titles or deeds registry or other registration office.

9.

Provision out of public funds (1) There shall be set aside from public revenues for the purposes of this Act such sum of money as may be voted for the purpose by Parliament.

(2) The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for Industry shall, out of moneys so set aside, make such payments as the Board may by resolution direct.

[L.N.

293/1956, L.N.

496/1961, L.N.

550/1961, L.N.

365/1964.] PART III GRANT OF LOANS BY THE BOARD 10.

Loans (1) The Board may, upon such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, grant a loan to the owner of any gold mine for the underground development of the gold mine.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans (2) An application for the grant of a loan under this section shall be made and signed by or on behalf of the owner of the gold mine, and shall be in such form and shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed.

(3) The Board may in its absolute discretion grant or refuse any application for a loan.

(4) The amount of any loan to be made under this section shall be calculated in such manner as may be prescribed.

11.

Repayment of loans A loan made under this Act shall be repayable in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

12.

Loans to be free of interest Every loan granted under this Act shall be free of interest.

PART IV MISCELLANEOUS 13.

Appeals Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Board in relation to an application for a loan may, within thirty days of the decision, appeal in writing to the Minister, whose decision shall be final.

14.

Accounts (1) The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for Industry shall, as soon as possible after the 31st March in each year, transmit to the Minister for the time being responsible for finance, to be laid on the table of the National Assembly, a statement of accounts audited and certified by the controller Auditor-General (Corporations) showing the gross amount of loans made and moneys received by the direction or on behalf of the Board during the preceding twelve months.

(2) In addition to the accounts mentioned in this section, the Board shall render to the Minister for the time being responsible for finance from time to time such other accounts, reports and statements as that Minister may require.

[L.N.

293/1956, L.N.

496/1961, L.N.

550/1961, L.N.

649/1963, Act No.

12 of 1985, Sch.] 15.

Access to accounts, etc., of Board The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for the time being responsible for Industry and any other public officer in his department deputed by him, and the Controller and Auditor-General and any other public officer in his department deputed by him, shall have full access to all such accounts, documents, papers and books as may be kept by the Board, and the Board shall at all times furnish to any such officer any information he may require.

[L.N.

293/1956, L.N.

496/1961, L.N.

550/1961.] 16.

Board may require production of accounts, etc.

(1) The Board may from time to time, while any loan granted by this Act or any part of such loan has not been repaid, by notice in writing require the person 7 [Issue 1] CAP.

311 [Rev.

2012] Gold Mines Development Loans to whom such loan was granted to produce or cause to be produced any books, accounts, vouchers, receipts or other documents relating to the operation of the gold mine in respect of which such loan was granted.

(2) A person who without lawful excuse fails to produce any books, accounts, vouchers, receipts or other documents in compliance with the terms of a notice in writing requiring their production shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction by a subordinate court of the first class to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.

17.

Rules (1) The Minister may make rules generally for better carrying out the provisions of this Act.

(2) Rules made under subsection (1) may, without prejudice to the generality of the power thereby conferred (a) prescribe the form and contents of an application for a loan under this Act; (b) provide for the manner in which and the means by which the amount of any loan to be granted under this Act shall be calculated; (c) prescribe the form of agreement for a loan; (d) prescribe the manner in which and the conditions subject to which a loan under this Act shall be repayable; (e) prescribe the fee which shall be payable on every appeal to the Minister under section 13, and prescribe the circumstances in which any such fee may be refunded; and (f) prescribe anything required by this Act to be prescribed.

[L.N.

343/1956, L.N.

173/1960.] 18.

Secrecy (1) Any person having an official duty or being employed in the administration of this Act shall regard and deal with all documents, information, returns and forms relating to applications for advances or the making of advances under this Act as secret and confidential.

(2) A person having possession of or control over any documents, information, returns or forms relating to any of the matters aforesaid who communicates or attempts to communicate the information or anything contained in the documents, returns or forms to a person (a) other than a person to whom he is authorized by the Minister to communicate it; or (b) otherwise than for the purpose of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction by a subordinate court of the first class, to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

[L.N.

342/1956, L.N.

172/1960.] [Issue 1] 8 [Rev.

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False statements An applicant for an advance who wilfully fails to disclose material information within his knowledge, or who wilfully makes a statement which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction by a subordinate court of the first class, to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both, and shall further be liable to have any advance made to him by the Board cancelled forthwith, and to repay to the Board forthwith all sums advanced to him together with interest thereon.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] CHAPTER 311 GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION List of Subsidiary Legislation Page 1.

Gold Mines Development Loans Rules, 1952.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS RULES, 1952 ARRANGEMENT OF RULES Rule 1.

Citation.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Notice of application for loan.

4.

Mode of application.

5.

Meetings of Board.

6.

Calculation of development, and rate of payment.

7.

Measurements.

8.

Work not to count.

9.

Borehole to be kept available for measurement.

10.

Accounts to be kept.

11.

Calculation of loan.

12.

Repayment of loans.

13.

Appeals.

SCHEDULES FIRST SCHEDULE APPLICATION FOR A LOAN UNDER THE GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT SECOND SCHEDULE CALCULATION OF DEVELOPMENT THIRD SCHEDULE RATE OF PAYMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT METRE FOURTH SCHEDULE 13 [Issue 1] [Rev.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS RULES, 1952 [G.N.

1031 of 1952, G.N.

186 of 1953, G.N.

1498 of 1953, G.N.

808 of 1954, L.N.

67/1956, L.N.

142/1963, L.N.

761/1963, L.N.

278/1969, L.N.

218/1986.] RULES UNDER SECTION 17 1.

Citation These Rules may be cited as the Gold Mines Development Loans Rules, 1952.

2.

Interpretation In these Rules, except where the context otherwise requires business means the business of mining for gold in Kenya; company means a company as defined by the Companies Act (Cap.

486), and a company incorporated outside Kenya which has delivered to the Registrar of Companies the documents and particulars specified in section 366(1) of that Act; director has the meaning assigned to it in the Companies Act (Cap.

486), and also includes a person who (a) is the manager of the company or otherwise concerned with the management of its business; and (b) is remunerated out of the funds of the business; and (c) is the beneficial owner of not less than 20 percent of the ordinary share capital of the company; ordinary share capital means all the issued share capital (by whatever name called) of the company, other than capital the holders whereof have a right to a dividend at a fixed rate but have no other right to a share in the profits of the company; total income has the meaning assigned to it in the Income Tax Act (Cap.

470), but shall be deemed to apply only to the business of gold mining for the purposes of these Rules.

3.

Notice of application for loan (1) Written notice, not less than thirty days in advance of the commencement of any work in respect of which it is intended to apply for a loan, shall be given to the Warden of the Mining District in which the gold mine is situated; and as soon as practicable, but in any case within thirty days after the receipt of the notice by the Warden, an officer of the Mines and Geological Department shall visit the mine and choose points of reference from which the necessary measurements can be taken, and shall measure the excavations.

(2) Written notice, not less than fifteen days in advance of the expected date of the termination of the work upon which the application for the loan is based, shall be given to the Warden; and an officer of the Mines and Geological Department shall visit the mine as nearly as may be practicable upon the date so given for the termination of the work, and shall make the measurements necessary in connexion with the application.

4.

Mode of application (1) Applications for loans shall be submitted to the Commissioner of Mines and Geology through the Warden of the Mining District in which the gold mine is situate.

(2) All such applications shall be made in the form in the First Schedule.

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Meetings of Board The Board shall meet at intervals for the purpose of considering applications.

6.

Calculation of development and rate of payment (1) Subject to rule 8, development in respect of shafts, drives, cross-cuts, winzes, raises and adits for the purpose of an application for a loan shall be calculated in accordance with the table set out in the Second Schedule.

(2) For the purpose of assessing a loan, the rate of payment per development metre shall be as set out in the Third Schedule: Provided that, in the case of a mine producing gold in conjunction with other minerals, the amount of the loan shall be reduced by multiplying it by the ratio that the value of the gold bears to the total value of mineral sold during the accounting period immediately preceding the application.

7.

Measurements For the purpose of making calculations in connexion with any application for a loan, the following shall apply (a) in the case of workings to which access is given by one shaft, the depth of the workings and of the shaft providing access to them shall be taken as the distance in metres, measured along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, from the shaft collar; (b) in the case of workings to which access is given by two or more shafts, the Board shall use its discretion, taking into consideration the technical advice of the Mines and Geological Department, as to which shaft is the more important in determining the cost of operating any particular face, and shall apply a depth factor commensurate with the depth below that shaft collar; (c) in the case of a level to which access is obtained by means only of an adit, the factor to be applied to any working shall be determined by the distance along the adit from its portal at which the working communicates with the adit.

[G.N.

186/1953, G.N.

1498/1953, L.N.

142/1963, Sch.] 8.

Work not to count The following shall not count as development work for the purpose of such calculations (a) Stope drives, box holes and any excavations which in the opinion of the Board do not constitute true development work; (b) any drive, cross-cut, winze, raise or adit having any area of cross-section of less than 1.5 square metres; (c) any shaft or adit which has been sunk to a total incline or vertical depth of less than 16 metres from the surface level or point of entry; (d) any cored borehole designed to produce a core of less diameter than twenty-two millimetres.

9.

Borehole to be kept available for measurement (1) In order to qualify for a loan, a borehole shall be available for measurement until measured by an official of the Mines and Geological Department, or for a period of three months after completion; and all practicable steps shall be taken by the applicant to [Issue 1] 16 [Rev.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] preserve in their correct sequence any core, fragmented rock chippings and sludge from each borehole and to make them available to the Mines and Geological Department for inspection and assay.

(2) Applicants for a loan shall keep and submit to the Board accounts showing the direct cost (in power, bits and wages of crew, and in cement and such materials when their use is necessary) or the contract cost of each borehole.

(3) Subject to section 10 of the Act and rule 8 the loan shall be assessed at 75 per cent of the cost as calculated on the basis of paragraph (2) of this rule.

[L.N.

218/1986, Sch.] 10.

Accounts to be kept Applicants for a loan shall keep and submit to the Board accounts showing the direct cost (in power, bits and wages of crew, and in cement and such materials when their use is necessary) or the contract cost of each borehole.

11.

Calculation of loan Subject to the provision of section 10 of the Act and of rule 8 of these Rules, the loan shall be assessed at 75 percent of the cost, as calculated on the basis of rule 10.

12.

Repayment of loans (1) A loan shall be repayable to the Government by the owner or his successor in title of the mine in respect of which such loan was made upon such terms and conditions as the Board may decide: Provided that the Board shall ensure that such repayments shall not affect adversely the profit-earning capacity of the mine.

(2) In the event of a change of ownership of a mine in respect of which a loan has been made, the new owner shall, with the concurrence of the Board, execute a document whereby the liability for repayment of the loan is accepted by the new owner in discharge of the liability of the original owner.

(3) The method that shall be used to assess profits and, thereafter, loan repayments shall be that set out in the Fourth Schedule.

13.

Appeals An appeal against a refusal of the Board to grant a loan shall be made in writing to the Minister within thirty days of the announcement by the Board of the award or decision to which it refers.

SCHEDULES FIRST SCHEDULE [Rule 4, L.N.

67/1956.] APPLICATION FOR A LOAN UNDER THE GOLD MINES DEVELOPMENT LOANS ACT 1.

Name of gold mine and particulars of the registered number of the lease, special licence, exclusive prospecting licence or location upon which the work the subject of the application has been performed.

2.

Name and postal address of applicant.

3.

Position held in connexion with mine.

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Registered number of lease, special lease, special licence, exclusive prospecting licence or location.

.

.

5.

Date and reference of written notice given to the Warden of the Mining District concerned 6.

Amount of loan applied for.

7.

Full description of work and calculations in support of application [attach an additional sheet if necessary].

.

.

8.

I understand that under the terms of the Gold Mines Development Loans Act and the Gold Mines Development Loans Rules, this loan is payable to the Government.

Signed.

Date.

Remarks by officer of the Mines and Geological Department.

SECOND SCHEDULE [Rule 6(1), L.N.

278/1969.] CALCULATION OF DEVELOPMENT Adits Shafts, winzes, raises, drives Number of development metres and cross-cuts per metre of working in first and Distance from point in centre of Depth below surface second columns roof at portal 0-30 metres 0-20 metres 1 30-90 metres 20-30 metres 1 Exceeding 90 metres 30-60 metres 2 60-90 metres 3 90-120 metres 4 120-150 metres 5 150-220 metres 6 220-300 metres 7 Exceeding 300 metres 8 THIRD SCHEDULE [Rule 6(2), G.N.

1498/1953, L.N.

278/1969.] Rate of payment for development metre.

Sh.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] FOURTH SCHEDULE [Rule 12(3), L.N.

278/1969.] 1.

Rate of repayment The total amount of loan indebtedness to be repaid in any one accounting period shall be calculated in the following manner (a) the aggregate profits from the date of the first loan granted in respect of the mine shall be expressed as a percentage of the aggregate gross revenue from it during the same period; (b) the percentage figure so arrived at shall be reduced by ten; (c) the amount to be repaid shall be one four-hundredth of the latter figure multiplied by the sum of all loans granted up to the end of the accounting period: Provided that in no case shall the sum so assessed exceed five percent of the gross revenue for the accounting period.

The calculation may be expressed algebraically as 100X Repayment = LY 10 400 where X = aggregate profits from date of first loan; Y = aggregate gross revenue from date of first loan; L = the sum total of all loans granted prior to the termination of the accounting period assessed.

2.

Accounts to be kept Every person carrying on a business shall make up accounts for successive periods (in this Schedule referred to as accounting periods) of not more than twelve months.

3.

Computation of profits and gross revenue (1) The amount of the profits for any accounting period shall be computed in accordance with such of the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Cap.

470) as relate to the calculation of total income for the purposes of that Act, subject to the provisions of paragraph 4 of this Schedule.

(2) In determining the ratio of profits to gross revenue as computed under this paragraph, the profits or losses of all accounting periods commencing with that in which any loan under the Act was first granted shall be aggregated and compared with the gross revenue for the same period.

(3) No deduction shall be made in respect of any interest, annuity, royalty, rent or other annual payment to the person carrying on the business, and, where such business is carried on by a company the directors whereof have a controlling interest therein, the directors shall be deemed to be carrying on the business.

(4) In the case of a company the directors whereof have a controlling interest therein no deduction shall be allowed in respect of directors remuneration: Provided that directors remuneration does not include the remuneration of any director who is required to devote substantially the whole of his time to the service of the company in a managerial or technical capacity and is not the beneficial owner of or able, either directly or through the medium of other companies or by any other indirect means, to control more than 5 percent of the ordinary share capital of that company.

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311 [Rev.

2012] Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] (5) No deduction shall be allowed in respect of any transaction or operation of any nature if and so far as it appears that the transaction or operation has artificially reduced or would artificially reduce the profits.

(6) There shall be allowed a deduction for each working proprietor of the business; the amount to be deducted shall be Sh.

24,000 each accounting period of one year, subject however to a maximum total of Sh.

48,000 in respect of the business, and, where an accounting period is less than one year, the amount shall be proportionately reduced so as to correspond with the length of the period.

(7) The expression working proprietor in subparagraph (6) means a proprietor who has during more than one-half of an accounting period worked full time in the actual management or conduct of the business; proprietor means, in the case of a business carried on by a partnership, a partner therein, and, in the case of a company the directors whereof have a controlling interest therein, any director thereof owning more than 5 percent of the ordinary share capital of the company.

4.

Returns The Commissioner of Income Tax may, by notice in writing, require any person carrying on the business to furnish him, within three months or such longer period as the Commissioner may deem to be reasonable after the end of an accounting period of such business, with a return of the profits derived from the business for that period, and such other particulars as may be required for the purpose of this Schedule.

5.

Persons assessable (1) Repayment in respect of any accounting period shall be assessed on the person or company carrying on the business during that period.

(2) Where two or more persons were carrying on the business jointly during the accounting period, the assessment shall be made upon them jointly and, in the case of a partnership, may be made in the partnership name.

(3) Where, by virtue of subparagraph (2), an assessment could, but for his death, be made on any person solely or jointly with any other person, the assessment may be made on his personal representative either solely or jointly with that other person, as the case may be.

(4) Where any person liable to assessment is not resident in Kenya, an assessment may be made upon any agent, attorney, manager or factor resident in Kenya through whom the business is carried on during the accounting period, or on an attorney appointed under regulation 42 of the Mining Regulations (Cap.

306, Sub.

Leg.).

6.

Assessment The Commissioner of Income Tax shall assess every person chargeable with the repayment, and, subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Cap.

470) shall apply so far as they are applicable to the assessment of development loan repayment.

7.

Appeal against assessment Any person who, being aggrieved by a loan repayment assessment made upon him and having failed to agree with the Commissioner of Income Tax may, upon giving notice in writing to the Commissioner of Income Tax within thirty days after the date of service upon him of the notice of refusal of the Commissioner of Income Tax to amend the assessment as desired, appeal against such assessment to the Minister, whose decision shall be final.

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311 Gold Mines Development Loans [Subsidiary] 8.

Repayment when due Any loan repayment assessed shall be due and payable to the Government at the expiration of forty days from the date of service of the notice of assessment, and shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Government from the person on whom it is assessed: Provided that, where an appeal is pending against the assessment, such part of the assessment as appears to the Commissioner of Income Tax not to be in dispute shall be collected and paid in all respects as if it were repayment charged by an assessment in respect of which no appeal was pending, and, upon the determination of the appeal, any balance chargeable in accordance with the determination shall be paid and any amount overpaid shall be repaid as the case may be.

9.

Forms All forms of returns and other forms required for the administration of this Schedule shall be in such form as may from time to time be specified by the Commissioner of Income Tax.

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