Malawi Ngoni chief Mabilabo slams Global Metal Mining

Inkosi Mabilabo Jere  of Mzimba and his community has asked management of Global Metals and Mining who are behind Kanyika Niobium Mine to pack up their equipment and go for their failure to provide social and economic demands.

Chief Mabulabo: Slams Globe Metals

Chief Mabulabo: Slams Globe Metals

Ngoni's concerned Kanyika Niobium mining project may affect the environment with not much benfit to the community

Ngoni’s concerned Kanyika Niobium mining project may affect the environment with not much benfit to the community

The Kanyika Niobium Mine will be the first of its kind in Africa but the fourth in the world after two other mines in Brazil and one in Canada.

With a projected life span of 20 years and an annual output of 3000 metric tonnes of Niobium metal, the Mine is expected to rake in US$180million (MK50 billion) per year in revenues and employ 2000 Malawians in the construction phase and 800 operations start.

The communities want the company to leave their soil until all their demands are met.

Speaking in an a telephone interview  with Nyasa Times from his base at Emfeni in Mzimba, Inkosi Mabilabo said he is not happy that up to now there is nothing happening in the area regarding the welfare of his people.

“My people are suffering, they were told to shift from the area to other place , yes they can shift but how can they go without being given compensation.

“What the community is demanding is that the company should go first and come when they are ready to fulfil social responsibility,” said Inkosi Mabilabo Jere.

The community is also demanding the construction of a hospital and that the company establish local mining school.

On top of that the community also is demanding portable water and the company should not use 1960 compensation act which values fruit trees at K3.00.

But when contacted on Sunday 2 February 2015, Company Country Director  Chrispine Ngwena could not respond to the questionnaire which Nyasa Times sent him as demanded.

Ngwena is on record having said that the delay by Mmbelwa district Council in conducting verification exercise in order to determine the real beneficiaries was delaying the whole process.

The Kanyika Mining project is the second major mining operation in the country after the Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Karonga district.

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28 thoughts on “Malawi Ngoni chief Mabilabo slams Global Metal Mining”

  1. Chiza says:

    Bravo Inkosi,that’s what we cal wisdom

  2. nangozo says:

    Bravo Mabulabo, dont be shaken, you are thinking of your people, and you are seeing dela lako in the future……….. insist asadzakusiyeni naked like kayelekera mxiiieewww.
    u have my support

  3. maximo says:

    Malindima u don’t know what ur talking and it seems you don’t own land!! The chief is talking on behalf of his pple, he didn’t invite them to do exploration after all why can’t we wait for the new amended mineral act, let the community benefit during and after mining. I know this chief personally. What makes him differ with other chief is one, he has a degree in accounting, chartered ACCA he has worked as an internal Auditor, finance manager. Nanga amfumu anu school anafika pati?? Ndinaiwala he is a commencial farmer, he started driving vehicle whilst young ngati mukufuna mumupase ndege mwina osati ma navala mukugawa ku mafumu ku neno. Ndipitilize????

  4. Songo says:

    RAIPLY should also go because the depth of harvesting is too high as compared to the re aforestration and the people have not benefited anything as it was at the beginning when we had vipysa buses and all are gone instead only big trucks to deplete the forest and leave us with nothing. Inkosi Kampingo Sibande and your impi please go and chase these people and government should move in please to manage the forest. How many trees have they planted so far this year?

  5. ben says:

    We Mzimbas tilikumoza namwe Nkhosi pala wakukana wapakile nakuluta, bayethe Nkhosi bayasijwayela lawabanthu mabahambe! Viva Nkhosi Mabilabo viva Mpoto forward ever backward never.

  6. dyton Chiwaya says:

    Bravo which mineral has southern region?

  7. Malindima says:

    If they go then that gives you an opportunity to you chief to mobilize your people. Pay all the exploration costs and invest the capital to mine on your own or else it you don’t have this financial muscle then better shut up.
    Social Responsibility occurs after the project break even; and may be 3 years down the period not before!
    Other areas of Malawi have also to benefit from the royalties as these belong to the government as has been the case with royalties from tea plantations in Mulanje, Thyolo, Nkhatabay .

  8. One ndi waku ntcheu,koma achita afumu awa,ndikufuna ndikakhale kumpioto,if all of our leaders were like afumu awa Malawi would be a very rich country half a century ago,koma mbava zokha zokha

  9. kadamanja says:


  10. Clement says:

    dziko ndiwanthu! simakampani ayi Malawi ndiwang’ono, kodi mukamagulitsa malo mumati anthu akakhala kuti?
    mafumu anthu tamaganizaniko ngati ndinu anthu wosati zinyama.tetezani anthu anu musakonde chuma [ndalama]pam,ene mukuyika
    pamavuto miyoyo ya anthu wosalakwa.dziko ndiwanthu,ufumu ndiwanthu!

  11. Uwudi nde ufumu wa nzeru osati omenyedwaso ndi anthu am’mudzi wako nde chani? Mota yomweyo.chikanakhala womenyedwa nkukhala mfumu yakumpoto. bwezi kuli pokopoko atumbuka atumbuka wozikonda wozikonda!! thumbs up inkosi .

  12. nganga says:

    Thoz r ppo we nid in Africa. Ulemu wanu Mfumu

  13. nanthola says:

    Well done let them pack and go

  14. jupiter says:


  15. Wanex banda says:

    Gud stand My lovely T/A,FROM KANJUCHI

  16. Stanley says:

    Indeed let them pack and go don’t hesitate this is our land. Keep it up King we are proud of you.

  17. sothi says:

    its true inkosi,let them keep our stones down until proper policies are set inorder to protect pipos interests

  18. master says:

    Am impressed with the king, he is indeed a no nosense king, mfumu izitelo, ndiye ndimve mbuzi achina mwanamveka pleading with the king to change his mind, ndikuwotcha wamva!!!!!!

  19. truth says:

    our chief stand by what u have began.Respect.alhomwe akufuna alemelele pa anthu aku north look @ kayelekela it Bingu who bnenefited.wake pipo 4rm north.we have what it take to stand alone.

  20. Now here is a Malawian chief who cares about his ppl. Not like most of these who get money from this crooked God forsaken government and cant be bothered about the welfare of their people. Well done chief

  21. dumakude says:

    I saluti u my king, may the good God bless the king and his people. No corruption no ziphuphu it bring the comunity to poverty

  22. titototi says:

    Mwene Mabilabo is a true patriot and I believe he is doing this for the love of his Country and not his region. If the community of Mabilabo is given the package as agreed Malawi wil smile. I rarely see any relationship between the King’s goodwill and corrupt and divisive connotations that other quarters want to bring in! Yebo a Inkosi!

  23. Nkhombokombo says:

    Bayethe Inkosi!! Tell them the truth! They can have the rare metal but give us some pillow to rest our heads on! Company school(Mine),from nursery to full secondary school, chipatala(full) to cater for the whole jurisidiction, employment, entertainment(social welfare), roads, clean water, etc. Don’t let them undermine us like they doing in other places. Fight on Baba! we are with you all the way. Bayethe! Inkosi!

  24. wagwanayo says:

    Ask Winiko. He will chase them for you using traditional strategies.

  25. Truth Pains says:

    Correction, somewhere else on my commnt there is word Feudalism instead of Federalism. Correct it in your mind when reading.

  26. Truth Pains says:

    That is what we have been expecting to hear from you Inkosi. Experience is the best teacher. These Wazungu and the leaders of Malawi have made a lot of money at Kayerekera yet the nation and the people of Karonga have benefited nothing. Kanyika Mine will have to be renegotiated after Malawi embraces Feudalism so tha the dead north where some people swear not ever to produce a president should find gains for development. Let thieves steal from tea revenues.

  27. max ajida says:

    He is a courageous King who is really concerned about the welfare of his people. We need wise kings like him. I can nickname him as King Solomon of. the twenty -first century. While many chiefs have left their people in persuit for great benefits ,him has stood for his people. That’s a gold medal courageous !

  28. Kelvin says:

    I used to ask myself all these years,how come all our neighboring countries have minerals what about us?God kept very precious minerals none of our neighbors have in order to keep us from conflicts then.Since now we can’t fight each other let’s unite and make use our wealth for our childr. May our God bless Malawi.

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