Karonga groups fight over Paladin’s Kayerekela Mine report

An exchange of damning sentiments has occurred between two local groups in the northern region town of Karonga over alleged insecurity of people living around the Kayerekela Uranium Mine, with one group arguing that a report by French nuclear physicist Bruno Chareyron last week was not precise.

Kayelekera mine

Kayelekera mine

Tutulane Palikimo Business Association (TPBA) said  that much as Chareyron revealed that people around Kayerekela Mine were at “high risk of contracting radioactive related diseases within the shortest period,” he was not clear on how big the problem was and did not provide strategies on how government could combat the situation.

“The report was very much unclear,” said Jalako Mwenifumbo, TPBA chairperson. “It did not provide strategies on what ought to be done to avert the situation at Kayerekela which everyone knows is not fine.”

Chareyron had said during a briefing at the Karonga district council chamber over a week ago that the radiation emissions at the mine, owned by Australia’s Paladin Africa Limited (PAL), were abnormal.

He was in the country to collect water samples around the Kayerekela mine river system which local CSOs allege is contaminated following a spillage late last year.

Mwenifumbo further blamed the Natural Justice Network Link (NRJL), a coalition of 33 non-governmental organizations that has for the past two years been fighting Paladin, of not taking the issue seriously.

“They [NRJL) are treating the issue with a grain of salt,” said Mwenifumbo who was non-committal to say for certain whether he there was rat smell in NRJL dealings.

But Kossam Munthali, NRJL chairperson, brushed off TPBA saying that they were a disgruntled grouping that was making noise in order to gain business favours from Paladin.

Nyasa Times learnt that, for example, TPBA supplies vegetables and fish to the mine for meals.

“The hiring of the French physicist was a step ahead,” he told local press. “He gave us a report and being a highly acclaimed nuclear physicist, no one expects flaws in it. We are sure government is putting in necessary measures to combat the situation.”

He added: “Even the Minister of Energy and Mines [Atupele Muluzi] expressed concern when he visited the mine early this year.”

This is not the first time that local groups have battled with Paladin. In 2012 the groups almost staged protests against the miner for failure to fulfill social corporate responsibilities.

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Mwama Du
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We are in trouble because of greedy people the likes of Mwamondwe, Kalonga, Mwahimba, Mwenifumbo, and others who sold us! GREEDY PEOPLE! Kossam u have my support!

Twaniche
Guest

Even if we talk, theres nothing govt wil do. Hw many protests and cries on kayelekela? Pple are making money on kayelekela. They dont care whether karonga pple die.

hoveliwa
Guest

Iwe Daniel leave Mulakho alone. Paladin is not Mulakho. We make Presidents. Don’t sneeze over petty issue. Fight Paladin Okoyo

Bwampini wa Muthanyura
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Bwampini wa Muthanyura

We cha Jalako uli cha mulyo waka uwe e. Kulonda pogogesha a binaKaronga uwe e nongwa ya muzoto.

Achimidzimidzi
Guest

You people are taking this issue lightly. Who over sees that all required precautionary measures are maintained.You should have a local observatory team from both Karonga and Chitipa districts. But don’t include chiefs, they are easily swayed.

Don’t forget, this government is full crooks. You have no drugs in your hospitals.Trust me as of now there is no one to handle that eventuality in the ministry of healthy. Not even first aid cannot be done here.

If it’s true that you have leakages, just prove.

Here we go again
Guest

just close the mine its useless to the nation and benefited selfish indviduals like Bingu,so why pple shld suffer? This is a death trap

John M
Guest

You Truth, You are so Stupid person! Bullshit!!!!!!!!

Daniel Phiri
Guest
this lack of seriousness from government is a deliberate ploy to make people of Karonga extinct. uranium radiation is extremely dangerous and causes cancer and deformities. Soon babies born in Karonga will be having strange features such as forked hands, irregular shaped heads, eight legs, deformed backbones, eye problems etc. This is genocide. The Kyungu has been bought by the Mulwakho but the price to the people is death and extinction. Malawi as a nation is gaining nothing from the mine. This is a typical case of The Natural Resource curse common in Africa. Resource rich countries like DR Congo,… Read more »
Enukweni
Guest

MONEY IS KILLING MALAWIANS, SINCE PEOPLE ARE MAKING BUSINESS WITH THE MINE THEN YOU SAY ITS OK. LETS LOVE OUR PEOPLE. BRAVO MR. KOSSAM AND THE GROUP. WE WANT THE MINE TO CONTINUE BUT THE PEOPLE IN THE MINE AND AROUND NEED TO BE PROTECTED. IF WE FIGHT OURSELVES, AZUNGU AMANGOTI ZITSIRU, WND WILL NOT IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF OUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN AT THE MINE. LETS UNITE , WE NEED GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS.

Moses Nyirongo
Guest

Go karonga residents !! go!! Let them give you what you agreed.

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