Officials from Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), a civil rights arm of the Catholic church has urged government to come out clearly and say whether there will be niobium mining at Kanyika in Mzimba or not.
CCJP coordinator in Mzimba Anorlld Msimuko said it was a disgrace that families were removed from the prospective mining area five years ago and they have not yet been compensated.
“Those families are leaving in untold misery, the situation is not all that good,” said Msimuko.
Global Metals and Mining were supposed to start mining niobium and other high price minerals.
However, five years down the line, after removing the people, there is nothing on the ground to show that the company is ready to start the mining work.
Chief Mabulabo of the area said the project has brought untold misery in his area.
“We had dreams that this area would transform, my people would gratlly benefit from the minerals but these are just dashed hopes,” said the traditional leader who said five years is a long time to wait.
Government and Global Metals officials said the project is still on and people should not lose hope as they will be duly compensated.