Develop or burst, Kyungu tells mine investors: Warns Paladin on Malawi trailing water

Kyungu addressing the public I’m prepared to die in fighting for development in Karonga.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Kyungu addressing the public I’m prepared to die in fighting for development in Karonga.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Karonga people listerning to Kyungu.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Karonga people listerning to Kyungu.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

DC Moyo speaking

DC Moyo speaking

Paramount Chief Kyungu in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga has vowed to lead the people in lobbying for developmental projects from mining investors, claiming that since the coming of the mining companies in the district people have not benefited anything.

Speaking during mining sensitization music show carried by Government on Saturday, Kyungu said mines investors in Malawi steal the country’s natural resources as well as spoiling the environment yet they leave the people poor.

“Karonga is one of the districts in Malawi where different mining activities are being carried out but people here cannot point out any developmental project that has been brought by such companies. To us the mining investors are bringing nothing but disaster to the community,” said Kyungu.

“As such from now on wards in front of you government officials from mines, I don’t want the investors to exploit and damage our natural resources especially here in Karonga and leave us impoverished,” said the influential chief.

“I am prepared to die in fighting for development in Karonga from miners who are having the natural resources in there district,” Kyungu said.

Kyungu also pointed out at Australia uranium miner, Paladin, on the issue of discharging water from a tailings dam at its Kayelekera Uranium Mine into the North Rukuru River, a source of water for people in the Karonga District in the north of Malawi, saying it poses human and environmental hazards.

But Paladin is adamant that the tailings water doesn’t pose risk and it plans to start discharging the water in early 2015

“To the part of Paladin, I have put my life on death line on behalf of my people in fighting for our rights to show them that we are also human beings and if the company continues to be arrogant it will see the anger of Karonga people,” warned Kyungu.

Karonga District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo asked the central government to open specific office on mines in the district that will be responsible in mining activities as well as answer questions from the community.

Jalf Salima who is the Director in the department of Geological Survey said government has brought in a new strategy that will make mining activities benefit people on the ground.

“The reason why we are here is to sensitize people that government is aware of the problems that the community is facing with the mining companies in their areas, as such it is reviewing the mine and minerals Act which was put in place in 1981 so that the mining companies should have two signed agreements, one with the community and the other with government so that both sides should benefit from the company,” said Salima.

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Atupele Muluzi government policy is of exploring the mining sector to contribute to the gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the country’s wealth.

He said if explored and used accordingly, the sector can contribute over 20 percent to the country’s GDP, supplementing what agriculture contributes to the economy.

The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS) identifies mining as one of the sectors that could potentially generate economic growth for the country but has not yet been fully explored. Major mining activities in the country are done on a small-scale but the proceeds are not widely marketed.

Malawi has traditionally been considered as an agro-based rather than mineral-based economy because of the policies that government pursued since independence.

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44 thoughts on “Develop or burst, Kyungu tells mine investors: Warns Paladin on Malawi trailing water”

  1. ellias munthali says:

    good chief, though akukana federalism

  2. Frances Tyler says:

    It’s wonderful to have such an outspoken Kyungu. The tragedy is that he is happy to remain so uninformed, he, and his uneducated advisers.

  3. kilindabwite says:

    Congrants Tata Ntemi wa Batemi continue fighting for the voiceless and we long for more. Linga kwa tamya tulipo kale twe banyambala tupakulwa bwite ukuti tusokemo mungoyi sha butumwa

  4. Back Bencher says:

    Can Chiefs in Mulanje do the same pliz. The beauty of Mulanje mountain is little by little fading coz of the so called Mulanje Conservation Trust

  5. Mbanganyike says:

    Kyungu deserves a distinction for his concrete stand on his soil and the welfare of Karonga people…he reminds us of the 1st Kyungu whom Kamuzu once bowed down to

  6. Bwampini Peter Mathanyula says:

    Mtemi wa Watemi Kyungu must be praised for standing up for his people. Such chiefs are rare because most of them are puppets of government. Chief Kyungu is well educated and a champion of human rights.
    Why cant African governments borrow something from the Botswana Govt have the best mineral rights in Africa. Well done Kyungu.

  7. kadamanja says:

    WELL DONE KYUNGU! THIS IS WHAT THE CHIEF SHOULD STAND FOR. SOME CHIEFS SHOULD GET AN EXAMPLE. THIS WALKER SHOULD JUST PACK AND GO. THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SHOULD VERY VERY STUPID BY SUPPORTING WALKER. A Mabulabo mwamala champhira forest no water in the taps, pliz wake up.

  8. wawaruh says:

    Indeed We are a stupid nation sometimes timazitenga ngati ozindikila yet til today we dont know the right direction of our destination poor malawi with poor minded people

  9. Wawaman says:

    The answer to all this is federal govt which the same Kyungu does not support.dont you know that these companies gives something to govt which is supposed to benefit karonga pple however it is diverted to thyolo?

  10. KYUNGU STAND FIRM, THESE HAVING BEEN COMING TO MALAWI EVRY NOW AND THEN, JUST COUNT HOW MANY TIMES THEY HAVE BEEN TAKING SAMPLES IN LAKE MALAWI AT THE NORTHERN PARTY NO BODY CAN COUNT, THEY ARE RICH NOW IN THEIR CONTRIES, TO-DAY THEY ARE TELLING US OF OIL IN LAKE MALAWI ?????????????????????? ASK CHIPOKA IN SALAMA SAND MINERALS PROJECT — WHERE IS IT, AND WHO BENEFITED, NOT EVEN A SINGLE MALAWIAN———— MALAWI STILL IN POVERTY RINGS.

  11. mlauzi says:

    thanks Chief kyungu. that is daring. there is no such honor for a leader to stand for his/her subject. I’ve been hearing you chief. the impact of environmental damage will be feilt by our children if we do not prevent it now. the paradin will have been gone to another country, to make trials for 10 years for uranium. better we live without mining and suffer than living with mining and suffer now and near future

  12. Wise King says:

    Paramount Kyungu for President. No talk shop do or die

  13. Chejumo says:

    Iwe no 1. leka kutuka panyakhe kwinu nkhu NSANJE

  14. dodo says:

    Paladin pliz take that uranium water and pour it at ndata becsuse thus where the benefit from this mine went!!

    Karonga people dont rent keep on fighting. Nthaka iyo njinu!!! It does not belong to the mutharikas! Vibanthu vinkhungu ivi sono vambakwiba na ndalama za banthu ba edzi!!!! Pamisundu pawo

    1. Munthu Wakuda says:

      Better still let Greg Walker pour the contaminated water over his bald head. Yes I agree deport Greg Walker and the other racists at the mine.

  15. Taweni says:

    While we appreciate that community deserves to benefit from mining industry it must be noted that the investor has a duty to satisfy shareholders. Paladin invested more than US500m and no local investor nor government contributed anything and community would not lose out by waiting for the investor to realise some returns before distributing their earnings. You must learn from Zambia who have had vast investments from the Aussies over the years. They had patience and they are now earning returns. Note the Copperbelt has been developed by mining companies. We need to learn from our neighbors.

    Citizen

    1. duduzi says:

      Good observation BUT how about the Kaziwiziwi and Mchenga Coal mines – DO WE HAVE TO KEEP ON BEING PATIENT OR KEEP ON BEING STUPID BY WAITING AND BELIEVING THAT WE WILL GET A DIFFERENT RESULT?????!!!!

      1. vindere says:

        My friend, copperbelt started developing right from the word GO before even the minerals were extracted after been discovered and so what patience are you talking about. Don’t compare Zambians with Malawians.Zambians are sharp and no nonsense people as compared to dead Malawians who are exploited by their leaders right in front of their faces and do nothing but praise them..Stupid country.

    2. Munthu Wakuda says:

      Taweni you say $500 million was invested in Malawi. What benefit did it bring to the people of Karonga – NOTHING. Better to keep our uranium in the ground then to give it away to this Australian crooks. John Boshoff has become a billionaire from stripping Malawi of its uranium. Better to nationalise the mine.

  16. zaluma says:

    If Paradin will dare to violate what Mtemiwa batemi has said, all paradin bosses will travel back to Australia without bones. I will demonstrate to the rest world how my grandpa fought.

  17. Ghost of Kamuzu says:

    If Kyungu is serious he should demand the immediate deportation and declaration as persona non grata of Greg Walker. This man Greg Walker is aracist and is bribing officials, the DC and dividing the people of Karonga. There can never be benefits for Karonga as long as Greg Walker remains in Malawi. This Greg Walker has been useing Malawians to fight Malawians. Time to end his deceit. DEPORT Greg Walker today!

  18. Observer says:

    Yes, the new act or policy should include all extraction companies – including timber otherwise Nkhata Bay in which more than 75% of Viphya Plantations lie is benefiting nothing apart from its catchment areas of water bodies such as Lweya, Limphasa, Kawiya, etc being depleted.

    Paramount Kyungu, you are leading the way otherwise some dubious paramount chiefs have always acted for their personal big bellies.

    Uwe umwanavuli, chief.

  19. duduzi says:

    Kaziwiziwi and Mchenga Coal Mines must be stopped by the Rumphians – we have been screwed and ripped all the way.

    These two mines have run the engine of sugar and other industrial productions since independence but what the indegenous population is ‘benefiting’ is degraded arable/farm land so that they can produce less and become beggers and then no proper schools, health facilities etc, etc. This is sad and sad indeed!

    We will stop the mining shortly until we get what we want – remember the Niger Delta conflict?

    CRY MY BELOVED RUMPHI & NORTHERN REPUBLIC.

  20. Nyapapi says:

    Tinakuuzani atumbuka inu za kuopsya kwa uranium, inu mumachita matama muli nthawi yoti umphawi kwanu uthe yakwana.

    Taonani tsopano! Dyera silabwino.

  21. bg up madala osawanyengelela anthu akuba awa amabwela ngati akufuna kukutukulani akukulowesani pansi #Atupele mbava #Peter mbava osawakhulupilila or atalankhula motani anthu oipa amenewa asaonenge chilengedwe cha dziko lathu mcholinga choti azikhundikile chuma okha

  22. mona says:

    Koma so paramount kyungu please push for an investigation we hear bingu benefited million of dollars from the mining operations,
    Ndalama zimenezi zibwezedwe

  23. Jimmy says:

    Its not fare to Malawian ppl,they better stop their mining activities if they dnt comply to ppls demands,bcz those natural resouces are there for ppls benefits.Paladin Trucks full of uranium passes thru my Area DUNDUZU load block but have hardly seen any development in the area.Corrupt officials bcz some are benefiting from those companies.

  24. Jasper Mtegha says:

    I agree with the Chief. The effects of low radiation levels take time to manifest. But after say 10 yrs – catastrophe! Malawians will start producing kids with horns.
    Compesating the victims may not even happen; and even if it does, the future generation of our country would have been completely destroyed.
    The issue is simple: radiation is dangerous, it destroys generations of humanity. Remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chenobyl, ect.

  25. Jasper Mtegha says:

    I agree with the Chief. The effects of low radiation levels take time to manifest. But after say 10 yrs – catastrophe! Malawians will start producing kids with horns.
    Compesating the victims may not even happen; and even if it does, the future generation of our country would have been completely destroyed.
    The issue is simple: radiation is dangerous, it kills people.

  26. Patriot says:

    Akamufumbatitsa mphwache minga mene amachitira ndi mkulu wake uja.
    Develop yake iti? Nanga Ndata 2 amangira chiyani?
    Miyala yonseyo siizatipindulira as long as we have greedy mphwiyo’s, Lutepo’s, bwampini’s etc…

  27. blackberry says:

    bwana kyungu where were u all this time? u are sa useless oldman. its too late now. damage has already been done..

  28. Bwetu wa kuMatanda says:

    Tingowagenda kuti mwina adziwe zoti aMalawi tili serious.

  29. kambwali says:

    Atenge madziwo akataye kwawo as they were doing ponyamula uranium.

  30. Mwiza says:

    My brothers from Karonga have been irritatingly noisy about this mine. Too noisy fir that matter. It is clearly not a good place to invest. Paladin surely has obligations to the state for the benefit of all Malawians. Development is the duty of the state. Stop misleading people!

    1. The Patriot says:

      It take brains to see what Karongians are talking about, just shows you cannot think!

  31. Kadakwiza says:

    Federal government is the answer Chief Kyungu. Stop crying, Mr Paramount Chief. Fight for secession or federal government.

  32. Leave science to scientist. Uranium has a very long half-life which is 4.5 billion year and poses not threat. It’s radon and it’s daughters that are dangerous to miners in open cast mines. Advice from CSO can be misleading. However, Paladin leaves a lot to be desired. It retrenched or fired hundreds of Malawians. It’s only foreigners that have benefitted from that mine.

  33. mbuzi says:

    Lipota iwe ukawelengeso mabuku ako a dalawini.

  34. Will Chilongo says:

    What is being done in Malawi by these so called investors and mine owners like Paladin is what was done in Zambia , Zimbabwe then Rhodeisa and even in South. Africa. The mine owners where giving the locals poor accommodation, little pay for long hours poor health and safety poor medical treatment in the event of an accident or illness yet they were taking billions out.
    Exploitation at it’s best
    Our government has sold the good rights and benifits of the local man to Paladin for their own benifits
    APM and his stupid minister Atupele are busy telling the local man that we are working on this for the better my of the local man- for how long will you be doing that when the Aussie – Paldin is busy exporting all the row mineral- instead of processing it locally to create employment
    Do you really think we are stupid blind and uneducated to take the shit you ta liking about
    Kyungu please don’t give them a chance they are selling everything like his brother Bingu did

  35. Kapolo wa Mulungu says:

    Investing in Malawi should be very tricky. Investors are torn apart between giving back to community and the corrupt politicians. It may be that the problem we have here is not necessary the investor but the politicians who would rather be palm oiled than develop the communities. Changing the political system is the way to go!

  36. MADUKA says:

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONAL REFFERAL HOSPITAL IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONAL RECOGNISED UNIVERSITY IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED PROPER ROAD NETWORKS IN THE NORTH

    DONT JUST STEAL THEIR RESOURCES AND LATER ON CALL THEM ALL SORTS OF NAMES

    IF NOT GIVE THEM INDEPENDENCE

  37. Jobless Corner - Karonga says:

    These Aussies r only interested in economical gains for themselves than the welfare of the karongians.They never cared about the indigenous aborigines in Austlaria and you think they can care about karongians.paladin was there to make money for the fallen Bingu snr and themselves.If this trailing water is left unattended this a chernobyl disaster in waiting.Malawians wake up.After all what have Malawians benefitted from this paladin other than raising the cost of living in Karonga for nothing?

    1. Hopeful says:

      Malawians have not benefitted from Paladin and never ever will. These Australians will leave Malawi without any benefit to Malawians. Greg Walker is busy day in day out dividing people of Karonga and even tribal leaders. Greg Walker says he can bribe any Malawian that he has to bribe to get what Paladin wants..

      1. Munthu Wakuda says:

        Walker thinks every Mal;await can be bribed. There is no Malawian that he Greg Walker cannot bribe. Goodall Gondwe has now replaced Bingu and is the biggest beneficiary of bribes handed out by Greg Walker. The Development Agreement is still kept secret because of bribes Greg Walker pays to Chief Mining Engineer. If this Mutharika Government is serious it needs to deport Greg Walker.

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