Karonga residents demand immediate oil exploration in Lake Malawi

Communities in Karonga have asked government to expedite and finalize all due processes that are a precursor for oil exploration along the Lake Malawi stretch within the boundaries of the district.

Kyungu: People want to know the outcome of the exploration exercise

Kyungu: People want to know the outcome of the exploration exercise

Studies and tests carried out some years ago established that there are huge deposits of oil and natural gas under Lake Malawi, a situation that automatically makes Malawi an investment haven.

Few years ago under the Peoples Party administration, government gave licences to foreign companies to commence the exploration. However, the deals were deemed to have lacked transparency and were put on hold by the DPP regime pending proper investigations on the procedures that involved the initial process.

Sensing a delay in the commencement of the process, the people of Karonga have been mobilizing to get traditional leaders, civil society and religious organizations on board to push for their cause.

Karonga Community Oil and Gas Committee spokesperson, Steve Musokwe, told Nyasa Times in an interview that whatever has been happening at administrative level should not affect locals who are bound to benefit greatly from the project.

“The commencement of the exploration is crucial to the economic and social welfare of the people of Karonga. As such we do not give too much concern on whether the deals were offered dubiously or not.

“Of course our President should follow up on the anomalies but the exploration can begin as the other issues are being sorted out,” he says.

Concurring with Musokwe is Undule Mwakasungula, chair of a task force that is also pushing for the same cause.

“The people here are justified to raise such issues because continued delay is a major concern. These are the people who expected so much from the much touted Kayerekera Uranium Mine and they feel that oil and gas will compensate for the losses they incurred as a community.

As things stand now, the people of Karonga need development nothing else and government can only offer this by speeding up the process,” says Mwakasungula.

Traditional leaders, led by Paramount Chief Kyungu, believe time has come for Karonga to drive the country’s development agenda through oil and gas.

“The extractive industry is a huge economic platform. We need exploration to start so as to transform the lives of our people through revenue and profits. The social transformation of our people here and the whole country lies in these precious commodities just beneath our beautiful lake,” says Kyungu.

When government suspended the deals, it sought the position of the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale who raised concerns that the country’s laws were breached in the awarding of the deals.

The licences were awarded as follows: Block 1was given to Sac Oil in 2012, Blocks 2 and 3were originally given to Surestream Petroleum in 2011, which farmed out 51 percent share of each block to Hamra Oil in February 2014.

Blocks 4 and 5 went to RAK Gas in 2013 and the last Block was awarded to Pacific Oil and Gas in 2013.

Principal Secretary for Energy and Mining Ben Botolo said the results will be issued when all matters regarding the suspension of the licences have been resolved.

“We are going to resume the discussion,” said Botolo.

Minister of Mining and Natural Resources, Bright Msaka, told the media recently that although speed on the matter is important, government is taking time to bring in genuine deals that benefit the people of Malawi.

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21 thoughts on “Karonga residents demand immediate oil exploration in Lake Malawi”

  1. Alf the jumz says:

    Mbuzi karongans

  2. fra says:

    FACT, discovery of oil and minerals in an African country ONLY ignite wars.

  3. pido says:

    omatu anzanu walikubrani through pips pa Mtwra pompa a Malawi tulo

  4. mpopoma says:

    Useless exploration. It should stop

  5. Mwama Du says:

    Kyungu must learn not to commit fallacy of generalisation. Your greed should not include us in your ambition to steal and spoil our lake. We are not part of you. Karonga people are not part of greed. Leave us alone!

  6. nyamazi says:

    Let’s hope government will not bring in deals that will facilitate the stealing of money from oil as DPP did with Kayerekera mine.

  7. steam boat says:

    This article vindicates my latest opinion that frank mwenifumbo has gone out of mediocre politics to national politics . He has recently been addressing issues of national importance such as robust irrigation agriculture and issues of economic inclusion . The mwakasungulas, inkosi ya makosi mbelwa, have proved to be greedy and selfish . Big up Harry mkandawire enock chihana frank mwenifumbo and kamlepo kalua. The brave sons of Nyika.

  8. advisory committee says:

    Undule mixed with kyungu equals confussion.com

  9. choonadi says:

    Munthu wamkulu koma opanda nzeru

  10. mgwazo says:

    Abale anga mwaganiza bwanji pamenepa. I am really ashamed of my fellow karongians, so you are telling me that all of the people that side including our elite TA you are all speaking from your heads and tongues. You of all people i thought you were supposed to be the least in support for oil extraction from our fresh water body. You mean of all of you are too big headed that you did not learn anything from proceedings at Kayelekera Uranium mine. What has come over you? Undulenso nawe dyera lakolo mwana iwe, why are you leading people into the dark. Kukususuka kwakoko pita nako uko. What benefits are you talking about. Learn from SouthAfricans, they are able to benefits from the mines because they have the expartise as well as the machinery to work on the mines while you poor big headed poor bastards you don’t even know what implication the lack of these two important resources means to Malawi.

  11. MCHEMO says:


  12. FootSoldier says:

    Undule. Kyungu and company what kind of unbridled greed and selfishness is this?! You do not own the entire lake to force your stupid wishes on others that do not share those stupid wishes. You have no idea about the perils of the extractive industries in-spite of the kayerekera saga!

  13. After everything, Head office be seen is set there…Osati….
    Good Infrastructure, social Developments,
    But heavily take control of Marine Life.

  14. Nandeka says:

    Mwe bana Karonga ikara pasi tukete!! You are in too much of a hurry. Please understand that these matters are much more complicated than you think.
    If you require investors to come and extract oil, please understand that first and foremost they are interested in profits for their shareholders.
    Some of the propositions you are making require you as a community or your country to directly invest and extract the oil for the direct benefits of your community. Otherwise such industries bring indirect benefits such as jobs for youth,increased business activities etc

  15. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Uku ndiye timati kususuka ngati nkhumba. Iya!! Mwapanga kale committee?

  16. Wisdom says:

    Be careful what you are wishing for,you just might get it.

  17. Kangaude says:

    People of Karonga, money hungry. why lashing at something u don’t have any experience. Why not ask government to build another plant pumping water from the lake to land so that greenbelt kick start.and be food secure for all people of Karonga. I know individuals who are pushing this for their own benefits. not all benefitted from Kayerekera mine. Come on Ngonde men with your Paramount chief.

  18. Patriot says:

    I PRAY we won’t find NO OIL for exploration.
    Zimabweretsa nkhondo izi.
    I pray that please God, this be like Kayelekera (no enough uranium),

  19. Cecilia Mapila says:

    How much have you been paid? Undule and company, Kayilekela paid you a lot of money before the commencement of their mining. That wasn’t enough? Silly people! I thought you are now a born again Christian? He goats!

  20. Robin Hood says:

    Self-serving mentality. As a country we have no experts in petroleum and geophysics; yet you are so quick to demand quick fix to a process you barely understand. There’s more at play than egos here; is there a national trust fund enacted by parliament to protect the less fortunate and manage the proceeds from greedy individuals? Why the urgency? mulije nasoni!!

  21. WOMANGA MANGA says:



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