No harm caused by Paladin mine Kayerekera – Malawi govt

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has moved in to assure the nation that a spillage incident at Kayerekera Uranium Mine on January 5 2015 caused no harm to water bodies.

Dr Yanira Ntupanyama: No harm

Dr Yanira Ntupanyama: No harm

Kayelekera Uranium Mine, Karonga, Malawi (Credit -Paladin Energy Ltd)

Kayelekera Uranium Mine, Karonga, Malawi (Credit -Paladin Energy Ltd)

Some employees of the mine were carrying out maintenance of the sediment retention tank which contained non-radioactive materials comprising sand, lime and water, among other things.

But heavy rains on the day affected the tank by causing the inside rubber liner and metal to separate and release the contests in a semi-solid form which spilled into a drift between the runoff water pond and the tailings storage facility.

The ministry’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Yanira Ntupanyama, said in a statement following the incident, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Central Water Laboratory conducted inspections on 8 and 9 January, 2015, where water samples of surrounding water bodies, including the Sere River, were collected and analysed on-site to monitor for any possible contamination. All parameters were within the acceptable levels.

According to Ntupanyama, World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and guidelines for drinking water stipulate that uranium levels in drinking water should not exceed 0.30mg/l and the analysis indicated that the water in Sere River had traces of uranium but within acceptable levels.

“For example, in North Rukuru River, which is downstream of the mine, uranium levels were 0.027mg/l which is within the WHO standards for drinking water,” reads part of the statement.

It further indicates that Paladin Africa, which owns the mine, is working with the government to ensure they safeguard human life and the environment by accepting recommendations to ensure the incident does not recur.

Among the recommendations, Paladin will carry out maintenance of the affected tank and ensure that spillage does not occur again; submit a detailed report about the incident and members of the public should be duly engaged and allowed to see for themselves what really happened and the measures taken.

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  2. kadamanja says:

    Another Ass leaker lying to Malawians. What do you about mining mayi? Munakamwa madziwo to prove kuti ndi abwino. Munthu wakuda abale ndi mbola yeniyeni

  3. Ralph Kyayoba says:

    I don,t trust any govt talk about Kayelekera. They are all telling lies the danger is still there. They should let journalists visit the site.

  4. Nyatwa says:

    If there is a an industry Malawians are good at it is futile talking. All day long for 51 years they have directed their arguments to argue and talk and opppose and diasparage and so on. They they turn around and say why have we not not developed for 51 years? Look the biggest mioning operation in Mozambique is MOZAL, the aluminium smelter. Moz Govt has 4% not the 15% Malawiansd have in Kayelekera. MOZAL had environmental problems whaych were resolved partiotically because this company pays huge taxes and employs massively. Mozambicans have not “talked” MOZAL out of Mozambique. Malawians literally have. There is also this tendency to think Kayelekera is a district or regional company. NO it is a national asset. Before Kayelekera we people from Lilongwe, Nkhota kota, Chikwawa, Thyolo and Mulanje quietly allowed citizens from the whole country use the taxes tobacco, tea, and sugar for schools, clinics and other necessities, and we still patriotically do this. What is wrong with some districts and regions. Corporate Social Responsiblity is negotiated not forced on investors.

  5. Enukweni says:

    I know that this mama is a technocrat but her position is only PLEASING THE PRESIDENT. This being the case she is also influenced by the politicians who have already received millions from Greg Walker. Malawians sazatheka. Some of the officials from Lilongwe denied to enter the deep uranium site and even the Chjef Executive of Kayelekera, Greg stays in Lilongwe, why? Its not a mistake to be born in Malawi but rather the people of Malawi are not appreciating. WE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Even the technocrat are misled and follow what politicians are saying, shame, leave us alone. Its the people of Karonga who will suffer. Remember the watchman who was found deep inside the uranium pit, was he not exposed and you can not make any recommendations on that. If people od Universal industries, Liver brothers, kulima Gold and other companies are given the protective wears and you see that at Kayerekera not much is done but still the government is saying its fine, koma Malawi sazatheka.



  7. bokhobokho says:

    Bwanji iyeyo akuwoneka kuti wakatupako mmene anapitamu ndi madzi smenewo?

  8. Douglas JB mphande says:

    Zoona munthu wankulukulu ngati iwe kunena boza.

  9. John says:

    Dr Yanira is not a politician to lie to Malawians. She is a technocrat, so give her the benefit of doubt.

  10. Really says:

    Give us actual results for analysis by an independent consultant not the interested parties. Let’s love mother Malawi

  11. Don Du Chen says:

    I do not understand Malawians, they want to maintain the status quo and yet expecting development! My simple piece of advice is that Malawians have to learn to take risks. Even during childbirth blood is shade, without that you are in trouble. it starts with you!

    1. makito says:

      Your idea is foolish.

  12. The Patriot says:

    Kunena bodza munthu wa mkulu m’maso muli gwa! Its easy to prove that the water is ok for drinking, just take a cup and give one to Honorable Mwanamveka and the other one to Dr Ntupanyama, then you will see what they are going to say! Amati chili kwa nzako nkumati chigwire nyanga!
    Mumtimamo muli a Tumbuka ziwavute inu muli phe pa Capitol hill!
    Lets you forget honourable PS makolo a nzanu ndi anu omwe, muzaziona ku Chiradzulu kukadzapezeka Uranium!!!!

    1. special advisor says:

      “Dr” is neutral. Yanira is Tumbuka. Mtupanyama should be South. So don’t add tribal sentiments. The fact is that a human being is inherently fallible, imperfect by nature, pHD or not. And, give her a glass of the said safe water for her to drink, give it to the kayelekera boss… These people! This is what we call conspiracy of the bourgeoisie. That’s how it works. It quotes the so-called international standards. Legality is not justice.

  13. Novirhikana Kovahiwa says:

    Madam if you don’t have facts its better to be quite than embarrass yourself here. I was there in January people are drinking contaminated water because of carelessness of Paladin.

  14. Sacks Chilli says:

    The question is: what was the uranium content in the water before the spill? If there was none, it means this is the beginning of contamination – slow but sure. The bottom line is that the water should be maintained as it was before the operations began.

  15. Nana Chione says:

    Dr. Ntupanyama is a liar and you don’t love your fellow Malawians. If there is no harm nchifukwa chani msomba zikufa m’m tsinje monga wa kayerekela ndi Lake Malawi? Its because Uranium content in the water is high. Mxiiieeewww!!!!!!!

  16. Mtupatupa says:

    In Malawi i trust nobody, eg the floods in January have swept away villages with the whole inhabitants but our govt have reported that its only 300 people who died, is that fare? So what Dr Yanira is saying could be blue lie, becoz our learned Dr could have been palm oiled from Mr Greg Walker

  17. mackelvin says:

    My piece of advice to Ps don’t lie to Malawians. You will regret tomorrow.

  18. A Nkhonde and your fake French Nuclear Physcist mwapulika. This is not just simple science.

  19. UDF MOTOMOTO says:

    if uranium content in water was within the WHO standard then why not allowing spillage not to occur again?cheating poor pple,but mind u,u will answer this.

  20. Kamkhwezule Kakang'ono says:

    This is a welcome development. Concerned citizens have a right to information about what is happening in their country. It is the secretive and arrogant manner that Paladin handled itself in the aftermath of the spillage that raised peoples suspicion.

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