Minister Mwanamvekha backs Paladin: ‘Malawi needs uranium project to boost economy’

Minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamveka has advised the community of Karonga to behave “responsibly” especially when handling issues concerning Paladin Africa saying the company is the only hope to boosting the economy of the country.

Mwanamveka speaking to the media:  It has been a fruitful meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Mwanamveka speaking to the media: It has been a fruitful meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Walker with Mwanamveka after the meeting in Karonga.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Walker with Mwanamveka after the meeting in Karonga.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Government official with Walker after the meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Government official with Walker after the meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Mwanamveka made the remarks on Tuesday in Karonga the northern part of Malawi where Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker was meeting with Karonga Community Development Trust, a coalition of business operators in the district. The meeting was held in camera.

The people of Karonga have argued that they were not happy with the project as it threatened their health.

But Mwanamvekha said the mining venture would benefit Malawi’s economy from solely being agro-based as uranium would become the country’s second largest forex earner after tobacco.

“As a country we are concern with how people in Karonga express their concerns towards Paladin Africa Ltd forgetting that the future of the country’s economy depends on the mine investors  I am requesting to express your grievances responsibly when dealing with the company for the sake of development,” said Mwanamveka.

Adding that “as a minister of Trade and industry am here today to make sure that there is economic empowerment around the community where the company operates so that both the country and the community is benefiting from the investments that Paladin is making.”

Mwanamvekha said the meeting was successful and agree that Paladin business tenders should be priorities for Karonga people to supply commodities.

Paladin also donated K10 million to help people who are affected with floods in the southern part of the country

In his remark Greg Walker said “this has been a positive meeting ever in Karonga district as such we will make sure that when tenders of various business opportunities are out, people in the district will be able to participate as long as they meet recommended qualifications.”

Chairperson of Karonga Community Development Trust an Maclean Sikum’mbagha said “as business operators in Karonga we are happy that Paladin Africa Ltd has now started recognizing us as such we will make sure that we utilize the chances accordingly.”

People in Karonga have for a long time claimed that the district is not benefiting from Paladin Africa Ltd which do its mining activities in Kayelekera the eastern part of the district hence demanding its closure.

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64 thoughts on “Minister Mwanamvekha backs Paladin: ‘Malawi needs uranium project to boost economy’”

  1. Jobless Corner,Karonga. says:

    Traitor Mwanamveka licking the foot of the imperialist.Karongians have more respect for the Kyungu than you.So money is more important than the health of Karongians?

  2. dee kay says:

    Mbabva ya ku ADMARC ingakambe chiyani za mbabva zinzake? mmanja mwa agaludi

  3. mona says:

    Mwanamveka you are a fool and that is why unagwetsa msb, mutu ngati binguwo

  4. kadamanja says:

    Chief KYUNGU, did you hear what Mwanagalu (mveka) has said? he is concern about the future of the country and not the future of Karonga people, Wake up Kyungu hope the mine will stop now for ever. Vilutenge wazukulu wako ndiwo wasuzgikenge.

  5. kadamanja says:

    People of Karonga are concerned about their healthy. This STUPID Mwanamveka is concerned about the economy and the future of this country and not the future of the Karonga people, Mwanamveka ndi Galu, ukunyegerera azungu why??? F…k!

  6. Mandanda says:

    The issue is this, Karonga people are only benefitting with a little sum of lets say MK5 million kwacha a year, while the DPP gangsters in total get R400 million a year. That is what should be discussed. Mfungo lamatako anu nonse inu a DPP….

  7. The Congress of Nyika People does not approve the blood sucker Paladin. Nothing was discussed about the uranium that is spilling in the river and in the long run it will be the people of Karong that will suffer. This is genocide advocated by Peter Hitler Mutharika to eliminate the people of Nyika. I urge our people in the north to bomb this motherfucker, Paladin Mine. We don’t welcome them—they must go back to the Southern region to destroy the Mulhako. We don’t need Paladin in the Northern region. That is the reason the Congress of Nyika People is calling for Federalism with strong provincial governments, rotational presidency among our three regions, and electoral college. If these things are not achieved Nyika people must we go for succession of the Nyika region. Peter Hitler Mutharika has bribed all those so called the leaders of the Northern region. Their pockets are full of kwachas. These people are not ashamed of accepting blood money. Shame on you Enock Chihana, Ben Chiza Mukandaweri, Vuwa Kaunda, and many sellouts of the Northern region people. Alluta Continuaaaa!

  8. Mlomwe Original says:

    Mwanamveka you are pathetic, A Malawi ayike moyo wawo pachiswe chifukwa choti iwe akufumbatisa.

  9. Mnyasaland says:

    Mwanaveka you are only worried of enriching yourself and your so called President as did Bingu Wa Muthalika and not considering the lives of fellow Malawians who leave in Karonga. Mind you it is not only the ones you always call Tumbukas who leave in Karonga it is also effecting your fellow tribes folks who ply their businesses and some are working there. Wake up and start thinking positively other than being short sighted and mayopic. Let Paladin put all required measures to protect all people leaving in Karonga regardless of which tribe they belong to. By the way has Paladin stopped from sending the Uranium they are digging at Kayerekera as samples and yet they are making alot of money out of it while we Malawians are busy kuliza mkonono.

  10. Joe wa Kalunji says:

    No I be to differ Honourable Minister, yes we need economic development but not at the expense of our health and Karong’s environmental degradation. After all Paladin has been around for a while now but never did we see the strength of the kwacha firming because of proceeds from uranium let alone informing the country how much we are earning in forex from the dreaded yellow cake. It is you the politicians that are benefiting from this mining venture and not the people of Karonga. Please spare us Karonganites from further unnecessary provocation and ridicule.

  11. Mfwethu says:

    Koma abale kodi anthu samawawuza kuti chinese color suit imakhala certain frames, nanga izinso ndie ziti? I think Mwananve looks good in the british styled suits, please leave these ones to others.

  12. Mogale says:

    This is a very stupid and ignorant statement coming from a cabinet minister! Does he mean wealth is more important than peoples health? What does he mean when he says it is the only hope for Malawi? What has the government (not individuals) benefited so far from this mining project?

    Mind you the pollution happening in KA will eventually affect the whole country through the lake. There will be accumulation of uranium in our fishes; BT residents will be drinking radioactive waters through Walker’s Ferry, and so on and so forth!

    Dzuka Malawi Dzuka! The effects of this pollution will haunt us for at least the next 10,000 years!

  13. wakukaya says:

    iwe john do u think kukaronga kulibe anthu ophunzira i think iwe nde mburi azako akudandaula zo khuzana ndi moyo wawo dont u know that uranium is fatal in the body of a person think b4 talking, mr minister i think u r not serving the ppo of Malawi how can u act in such manner yet u have been choose to work for the public mmmm shame

  14. Alex Likoswe says:

    Mr Minister, you were supposed to also tell Paladin to also behave responsibly. I good judge endowed with wisedom looks at both sides. I think you lack such wisedom.

  15. Alungwana says:

    John! I think you dont know the real beneficiaries of Kayekera. Do you know how much Paladin has benefited since the opening of Kayekela? Mr John and other stupid guys, do you know how much Bingu wamuntharika got from the paladin guys? Do you have any knowledge as to how much has Frank Mwenefumbo gained from the uranium to the point of having Blue Waters car hire? How much has then Malawians gained from this uranium?

  16. dadaboma says:

    Why are the Lomwes chasing away Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) for allowing Mulanje mountain to be mined for the benefit of Malawi? They say Mulanje mt belongs to Lomwes and cannot be mined to uplift the economy of Malawi as the environment in the mountain may be destroyed by the mining activity and make the Lomwes suffer. As a result the Lomwes took up arms and sealed the offices of MMCT recently. If Mwanamveka understands the logic of “expressing grievances responsibly” why did he not advise his kinsmen to “express their grievances responsibly” rather than taking zibonga and closing MMCT offices? Did the Karonga ppl use zibonga and did they go to seal off Paladin’s offices? If Mulanje mt is for the Lomwes and not for Malawi why should Kayerehera be for Malawi and not the Nkondes? If environmental concerns are important for the ppl around Mulanje mountain why should Mwanamveka back up Paladin for spilling uranium effluent into Sere stream at Kayerekera? This is greed and hypocrisy for Mwanamveka and DPP. We’ll not stomach this. I can’t express how angry I am with you Mwanamveka and DPP. Mboli yako Mwanamveka and DPP. Shupit. Don’t come back to KA, we’ll debone you.

    1. william says:

      pls dnt talk about lomwe n our mj. Suziwa kuti phiri likubweletsa chuma?

  17. HEALTH is paramount. Don’t sell health with with Wealth. Paladin must go. Anthu a ku Karonga Mufwenge na radiation ya Uranium. Mwanamveka adzakhala ali kwao ku Chiradzulu. What wealth have you received from PALADIN? They even failed to construct a simple road.. Chitipa __Karonga. PALADIN ndi bahiyi bakulumba. Musawasekelele. Mufa nonse. Tisatamangile ndalama koma tisunge moyo. Since PALADIN started how much have you gained? It is only Mwanamveka and the late B who have benefited. Not the country perse. Remember mwanamveka was secretary to treasury when shady deals were being signed. Mwanamveka ndi uncle wake Mulupale anali limodzi. They have indeed benefifted. You and me No. Iniswi syope sikufwa nosi . Watch out banafyale. Ndagha mwesa.

  18. manyasa says:

    Mwanamveka you are the one who need to behave!

  19. JOYCE NATIONAL STADIUM says:

    THE COMPANY IS THE ONLY HOPE TO BOOSTING ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY? R U SURE MWANANVEKA?THE DEAL WAS PRIVATE SHROUD IN SECRECY AND THE BENEFACTORS R DPP LEADERS;NOT MALAWI AS A COUNTRY WITH MERE 15% STAKE.MOREOVER FOREIGN STAFF R THE ONES BENEFITING.AN ACCOUNTS CLERK AND HR FROM ABROAD?SHAME MWANAMVEKA

  20. Big Brother says:

    ”Elected” government giving power to foreign owned multinational company . . . pajanso boma lake lomweli ndi aChiza MKandawire akuti akuyamba kukumba mafuta pa nyanja! Tigulitsidwa tikuona aMalawi!

  21. phodogoma says:

    A Letter to Greg Walker (not Greg Runner)

    Greg take the Tumbukas easy. You are dealing with the government of Malawi not these useless and selfish Tumbukas. No where in the world where investors share their paybacks from the mining activities with the community proportionally as these most foolish people of the world are demanding. Yes I know you Walker and your Paladin you are corporate citizens of Malawi. And you have corporate and social responsibility but not the level of what poor Tumbukas are demanding. Do not entertain their demand. As corporate citizen yes you can build schools, clinics, or sponsor certain activities of the community around your registered and operational offices.These Tumbukas are just selfish people like the Masai of Kenya, the Yoluba of Nigeria, the Bushmen of Congo, Tuareg and Songhay of Mali , the Xhosa of south africa, the Swahili of somalia, , and what about the Aborigines or Australia has an egalitarian society? Watch out.

    1. mbwaxe says:

      Amwene dont be stupid!!!! If u have nothing to comment just keep quiet!!!!! People are busy getting bribes from this greg at the expense of the safety of karonga people!!!!!!!! Pa thako pako

  22. A MALAWI GO TO GOOGLE AND FIND OUT THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF URANIUM POLLUTION..

  23. IT IS DPP GOVERNMENT FRIENDS OF MOYA WHO ARE BENEFITING. THE KARONGA PEOPLE WILL BE DYING SLOWLY BECAUSE OF CONTAMINATION OF WATER BY URANIUM MINING BY PRODUCT. YOU WILL END UP HAVING CHILDREN WITH DEFORMITY. KUBELEKA ANA OPUNDUKA SO WATCH OUT .

  24. PEOPLE OF KARONGA ARE BEING CONTAMINATED DAILY AND DYING SLOWLY WHEN POLITICIANS ARE GETTING RICH BY KICK BACKS FROM PALADINI. MWANAMVEKA NOW WILL CONTINUE TO F OTHER PEOPLE S WIFES AS HE HAS TOO MUCH MONEY.

  25. Sunuzi says:

    Ambwiye che Wiskes mutipwetekesatu inu koma. Mwadya Yellow banzi eti?

  26. WE KNOW THAT THIS MINISTER HAS BEEN BRIBED.WHAT HAVE THE PEOPLE OF KARONGA GAINED SINCE THE START OF MINING NOTHING. DO NOTE CHEAT US WITH BUSINESS TENDERS WE WANT SERVICES WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. EG CLEAN TAP WATER, PROPER SCHOOL, PROPER DISPOSAL OF URANIUM BY PRODUCT. TO

  27. This is all farcical. I can’t understand the intention of all this when the mine was closed in 2013 with almost all workers retrenched. There are just a few people mostly security, environment and safety people working there. The main operation that is mining and exporting of yellow cake is no longer taking place. Malawi did not benefit from this except a few workers. Gregory Walker is almost doing nothing and just fighting the residents for nothing. More than 200 Malawians lost their jobs.

  28. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Iwe Mwanamveka bwanji Paladin wakoyo akapange minninh yakeyo kumudzi kwanu kuti waste yakeyo azikadya azibale ako!!!! Why are you ppl in government so selfish and cruel? Ambuye mukudziwa chilungamo chonse komanso paja inu mumadana ndi tchimo ndionso kulanga ochimwa. Pempho langa ambuye ndiloti mulowelerepo pa nkhani ya Paladin minning yi

  29. Peter says:

    So the meeting was fruitful? Who got the fruits? Who has been getting the fruits? Atupele said this issue requires thorough investigation and a week later another minister tells us the meeting was fruitful? Don’t think we don’t know what is happening. What did you discuss the evening you met ? Was that meeting not fruitful? Spare our country from this unprofitable dangerous mining.

  30. The Patriot says:

    Mr Mwanamveka , please behave yourself! Would you have said the same if the uranium was being mined in Chiradzulu? Its a pity that the Minister of Trade is insinuating that we the Karonga people are behaving irresponsibly but a critical view of the situation is that the Minister himself is the one behaving irresponsibly! Atupele sided with the people but this Mulhako guy is siding with Paladin! That is why there are calls for secession! This Mwanamveka is behaving like an Imperialist! And indeed he is one, he comes from Lhomwe land and he is conniving with fellow Imperialists to rape our land without the people benefiting!

  31. Yahudah says:

    Hand picked porch monkey leaders that is doing the will of his master, nothing but a 21century slave. Traitor

  32. Yahudah says:

    These so called leaders have distort right-ruling for a bribe and turn a blind eyes to the oppression caused by these greedy muzungu who is exploiting and sucking the blood of the children of Israel in malawi. The leaders are a bunch of vultures who will do anything for money, it is time to cut down these rotten trees and these filthy uncivilized muzungu that bear no good fruit.

  33. Yahudah says:

    Exodus 23:8
    Do not take a bribe because it blind the seeing eyes and twist the words of the righteous.

  34. Magongwe says:

    ANTHU AKU KARONGA UMBULI TOO MUCH. KAYEREKERA HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF NGONDES BUT CANNOT APPRECIATE

  35. Aya Ngonde says:

    This is how they want to decimate the population in the north so that they can equally overpopulate the region just like they have done in the Shire Highlands and surrounding areas! Watch out my people!

  36. chakwanuleka says:

    Mwanamvekha is one criminal who should not have been appointed minister if we had a credible government. He is the one behind the problems Malawi Savings Bank is facing when he was chairman of the bank. He has nothing to offer

  37. Greg Walker is a crook. What will happen to the retrenched workers? Malawians never benefited from this mine but South Africans and Namibians.

  38. concerned citizen says:

    Mwanaveka mbuzi munthu.how can you say uranium is the only hope pomwe a Paladin anapanga kale ndalama
    ? What a stupid minister? One .thing you should know is that paladin has done its job and kwatsalaku angokupusitsani
    I am surewanamveka must have been corrupted bymaster greg Walker in Lilongwe before leaving for Karonga
    I never expected you kulankhula backing paladin

    The problem is you dont know what Paladin does behind-the-curtain
    You are just a uselesslyminister paja nawenso ndi mbava

  39. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    That is the company for Munthalikas operating in Karonga. During JB’s time the company closed and went away ,they came after Munthalika rigid and became the president.

  40. Fred says:

    Abale atumbukawa if atitopesa. I wish Kamuza was around to treat them the way he did with Tumbuka teachers. Abwele onse kutchile kwaoko. Regardless of profession this time. Aliyense oyankhula ndi ma capital letters kwao from the south and center forsake!

  41. Dr Bakha says:

    This paladin thing does not benefit Malawians.which economy is it contributed?I see nothing,only polititians benefit not the Malawians.

  42. jokujoku says:

    Aaaah mwanaveke ndi wakuba. he has taken something from mzungu mosakaikira

  43. NKHAMANGA says:

    Iwe Mwanaveka ise tikuunenge. Uzeleza wakuti mutupenge nthumbo na chuma chithu is ise takana, ukupulika! Ukam’phalire mchekulu wako yula kuti timlekaninge nthena yayi. The reasonable thing you would do is to find precious minerals in your barren, tea ladden Lhomwe belt or in Mangwetu, the bossom of your money-hungry ally Bakili Muluzi. We in the North have what it takes to formulate a lucrative political system and we we’ll stop at nothing to make sure that our resouces benefit our people. When I comment again on this you’ll have realised what I mean. As a matter of fact, do not come again in Karonga to utter your words of folly and cheap appeasement. What kind of a minister, without a briliant command of the Queens language. Go bark in your yard from now forth.

  44. Mwananveka backing paladin was a move from the President bcz despite Kyungu,s call for paladin to leave these companies pays alot of money to these top leaders as a way of appreciation.This backing has raised alot of questions as to why government is trying to shield such a company when ppl surrounding that place are complaining health threat to their lives.

  45. Joyce Bunda says:

    Mwanamveka gi to hell with your stupid lomwe culture. We don’t need you and your peter Mutharika

  46. John says:

    BEFORE KAYEREKERA CAME TO KARONGA, THERE WAS ONLY ONE BANK, NBM SOMEWHERE NEAR KANKHUNUNU RESTHOUSE, NEAR MUFWA LODGE CHA KUNYANJA UKO. BUT NOW, ALMOST EBERY BANK IS THERE.

    ATUMBUKA KHALANI NDI KHALIDWE. JUST NEGOTIATE WITH THESE PPL IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS BUT MILITANT APPROACH WILL JUST SCARE INVESTORS AND YOU THE SO CALLED BUSINESS PEOPLE STAND TO LOSE.

    WATCH OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. My Dear brother, can I ask you just a simple question? According to your understanding, what does Banks benefit the people of Karonga? And you want to tell me that it’s Paradine who brought those Banks in Karonga?

  47. SALOME says:

    let paladin go to hell with their fake economy none of MALAWIANS business it is there for you lhomwe thieves ndichani chasintha pa Malawi ukakhala umphawi tinabadwa nawo nothing new

  48. John says:

    WAVUTA NDI UMBULI. I USED TO VISIT KARONGA BEFORE AND AFTER THE MINE WAS OPENED. IT IS A FACT THAT THE FEW YEARS KAYEREKELA HAS BEEN THERE, BUSINESS IN KARONGA HAS BOOMED.

    PARADIN IS NOT THERE TO DISTRIBUTE FREE MONEY BUT THOSE MALAWIANS WHO ARE HARD WORKERS CAN REEP THE BENEFITS.

    ANTHU AKUMPOTO MUNAKHALA BWANJI KODI?

    1. Stupid John,banks for the Paladin workers not locals!

  49. Patriot says:

    Point of correction mister speaker sir.
    ONLY Australians and Mutharika’s need Paladin to enrich themselves.
    Basi.

  50. Reasonable Man says:

    hehehehe. Kodi ma suit’wa ndi kuvala by force?

  51. Reasonable Man says:

    adya ziphuphu awa. who doesnt know kuti Mwanamvekha ndi wakuba. Chitsiru cha munthu.

  52. JCinLA says:

    Here comes Mzung’s Ass kisser! So, God, help Malawi…

  53. zangazokha says:

    Mbwaxe choka ukutinunkhisa nkammwa. Anthu akukalonga kodi munatani kununkha thukuta too much, mpaladin ndiwe perfume sanveka kukaronga mumanukha .

  54. sulman says:

    as long as malawians will benefit not one district or one individual.

  55. Tiyanjane says:

    Ofcourse Mwanamveka’a qouted remarks are very insensitive and only rekindle the anger against Bingu’s obvious greedy and inhuman deals with Palladin. Palladin NEVER benefitted Malawians other than Bingu and fellow lomwes including Mwanamveka. Get that clear you so called minister.

    .However, I think Nyasa should have headlined the part of Palladin priotizing Karonga based businesses for commodity supplies to the company. This is a big win fo Karonga and Malawi people.

  56. aphiri says:

    Iwe mbava hw is kayelekela going to help the development of this country if they are on tax holiday for ten years and enjoy duty free for diesel of 1 million litres per month after that they suspended mining activities. Paja unagwetsa MSB mwanamveka Mb……liyako wamva mxii

  57. mbwaxe says:

    Mwanamveka pliz keep away!!! Karonga is not a lomwe land!!!!! Zopusa muzikapanga ku cz or ku ndata not in karonga!!!! Tikupwetekani!!!! Dont forget kuti bingu anafa chifukwa chadyera!!! It was the same kayerekera money that drove bingu crazy and ended up dying!!! Check out!!! We dont need paladin in karonga !!!

    1. SALOME says:

      I agree with you although am from central i dislike paladin they want to destroy your motherland azipita kwaoooooooo!!

  58. ujeni says:

    Silly Monister of Trade and Industry, when was Uranium the only hope for Malawi. With such kind of village mentality by our so called learned monister, Malawi has no change of progressing comparative to our neighbours. This is one sackable comment.

  59. Zanga Phee! says:

    Minister of Lands backing community Minister of Trade backing Paladin oh okay See my name!

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