Friday, April 24, 2009

Red Mercury in Border Beacons

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
24 April 2009

PC refutes claims over Kenya-Uganda boundary interference


Rift Valley PC Hassan Noor Hassan has described as "absolutely false" reports that Ugandan soldiers had destroyed beacons marking the boundary between Kenya and Uganda in Pokot North District.

Hassan said what was said to be uprooted beacons were border markers that had toppled over due to soil erosion or that had been destroyed by vandals in the mistaken belief that they contained "treasure".

Treasure hunters have been known to demolish beacons in search of the elusive red mercury said to constitute part of the pillars to aid in aerial surveys. [...]