Oil exploration in Lake Malawi ‘ok’, Karonga community pleased with Hamra Ltd consultations

Nyasulu explaining issues about exploitation to Mwalang'ombe.-Photo by GTiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Nyasulu explaining issues about exploitation to Mwalang’ombe.-Photo by GTiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Nyasulu explains job opportunities to the unemployed.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Nyasulu explains job opportunities to the unemployed.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Pastor fratenal members in agroup photo after consultative meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Pastor fratenal members in agroup photo after consultative meeting.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

United Arab Emirates-based Hamra Oil Holdings Limited  have  been commended by Karonga residents led by traditional and religious leaders as well as the clergy for sensitising the community on their work and they have been given t a go-ahead to explore for oil on Lake Malawi.

The company is exploring oil on Lake Malawi, specifically in Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi and Nkhotakota districts.

Hamra is sensitising communities aiming to achieve transparency and give knowledge about the process of oil exploitation which is underway .

During the consultative meetings, Brian Nyasulu who is also a developmental activist explained to people to take oil exploitation as an opportunity for the district to lobby for developments that they are lacking.

“Hamra oil Holdings Company has been given a license to verify whether there is oil or not in our lake which is an opportunity for us as a district to understand the whole process and think of the ways we can lobby for developments from the company,” said Nyasulu.

The Karonga community welcomed the initiative and feels the outcome of the exploration exercise may result in creation of employment, business opportunities and general development of the district.

“What we want is that everyone should benefit not only few individuals because we are aware of the past experience that the district had on mining companies,” he explained.

Commenting on the matter, Karonga Pastors Fraternal a grouping of all Christian churches in Karonga Bishop Sam Mhango recommended the initiative saying Hamra Oil is giving hope to the people of Karonga.

“As members of religious readers, it is our first time to be consulted by a multinational mining company negotiating developmental issues presenting people we serve,” said Mhango during a consultation meeting for the pastors.

Chairperson of Karonga Business Community Wavisanga Silungwe said: “If the company’s exploration results would indicate that there is oil on our lake and Hamra is granted mining licence to drill, the development may be a relief to the community because most of the people will access employment and business opportunities with the company, which would result in development of the district.”

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32 thoughts on “Oil exploration in Lake Malawi ‘ok’, Karonga community pleased with Hamra Ltd consultations”

  1. Sidix says:

    A Chikuwamayembe, Kachulu, Mwalweni, Mwamulowe ndi Mwahenga, can you please show your people what Rumphi District has benefited from Coal mining from your district? Rumphi Secondary School, no development, Livingstonia road, Mlowe road and Mweyeye, no development but the roads are within mining area and are used by the mining Company. Kayerekera atleast assisted Karonga people with piped water and construction of a dyke. Dzukani mafumu a ku Rumphi. Asiyitseni kukumba coal mpakana akumangireni Stadium ku Rumphi aMchenga Coal Mine.

  2. Sidix says:

    Bravo Karonga people for asking for benefits interms of developments from mining ur minerals. Do not be like sleepy Rumphi Chiefs and their subjects. The whole World has never seen such sleepy people as the Tumbukas and Phokas who have benefited nothing from Coal Mining Industry since 1982 when coal mining started. Not even a School block. WAKE UP RUMPHI PEOPLE! COAL MINING STARTED IN 1982 AT KAZIWIZIWI COAL MINE BUT YOU HAVE BENEFITED NOTHING! CHIEFS IN RUMPHI NDI OGOTOMALA PAMOZI NDI MA MP AWO!!! COAL PLANT IS BUILT IN MANGOCHI WHILE THE MINE IS IN RUMPHI. OFFICES FOR COAL MINING ARE IN LILONGWE. IFE ACHEWA TIKUKUDABWANI!!! KUPUSA ANTHUNI!

  3. cash gate says:

    kayelekera adapindulira malemu bingu, chonde mafuta okhawa apindulire dziko osati pitala ayi.

  4. pierra says:

    hope the consultations include all peoples living around the beautiful lake and those in the expansive southern flows including Mocambique and Tanzania! Oil spills can and will affect all these peoples!

    It is a geological fact that our lake sits at an earthquake plate, guarantees and sucurities are required as to the hazard risks involved in such offshore infrastructures.

    Similarly, transportation infrastructure require resolve.

  5. kawanga says:

    People from the north and lake side dont be cheated,you have been cheated with Kayelekera project before,try to learn things fast, use your brains were you there when deals were signed if indeed this is your areas.Rejected the idea full stop!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ameneyo says:

    Lake Malawi is the 9th biggest lake in the world. The biggest lakes in the world are in the USA. Did you ever hear that the USA has explored the availability of oil in the lakes? Why? Silly Malawians!!! Mudzaononga Nyanja yanu ndi nsomba zanu. Ndiponso simudzaloledwa kupha nsomba malo ena chifukwa chakuti you will be restricted. Have you ever thought of the thread to bonya? If bonya was affected, mudzadyanji with the way prices of ndiwo are going up! Wake up!!

  7. NYIKA ANALYST says:

    PARLIAMENT SHUD LOOK INTO DE WHOLE DEAL.NOT PASTORS.WHAT DO PASTORS KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS LAW .THIS DEAL MUST BE APROVD/DISAPROVD BY PARLIAMENT SO DAT WE SEE HOW COMPETENT OUR LAW MAKERS ARE. ANY COMENT FROM CIVIL SOCIETY?? WHERE R U? THE ONLY POLITICIAN WHO TALKD AGAINST KAYELEKERA WAS KAMUZU CHIBAMBO-MAN OF INTEGRITY.I EXPECT YO WORD B4 DE FINAL CONTRACT IS DONE NOT AFTER CONTRACT IS DONE DEN U CRY FOUL PLAY

  8. Shepherrd says:

    Where does surestream and sacoil stand on this matter? Did they fail to complete their explorations?

  9. John S Safari says:

    What I hope is that the authorities will never distance themselves during the exploration and extraction process. I’m tired of numerous complaints communitie around various mining sites make in the country. Talk of the cement producing site (north), uranium site (north)….

  10. Thenga Master says:

    Try to wake up my people, you can live without oil but you cant live without water.

  11. Zikatheka,ndingopemphelera kuti pa zamfe azungui ambili pozatenga mafutawo.kitu ntchito yotenga mafutawo isazatheke.

    Ngati ndiumphjawi siumapha ayi.

  12. Yobe boo says:

    Kasi Pastors Fraternal iyi ninjini? Palije Muliska apa!! Waliska wa Mu Karonga ine nkhuwamanya kweni apa palije waliyose uyo tingati ni Muliska.

  13. Sounds of Blackness says:

    akuchitani paladin inu

  14. chatonda says:

    The pastors are not doing their work but looking for benefits and allowances. Faraternal is famous of this. Shame

  15. Karonga leaders are too corrupt, they make noise just to cash on it. They did it with uranium and federalism. It is unfortunate as they are killing themselves silently.

  16. Malawian says:

    I have travelled to some oil producing countries in Africa like Angola whose capital is the most expensive city in the world. People are poor. The fish they used to enjoy especially in Kabinda is no longer found in abundance because of oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Take care people as you make such decisions! Mostly people are fooled for the project to starts once it starts they set up a parameter……..no go zone areas with heavy security. Only politicians will enjoy not common people. Believe you me.

  17. Yotz says:

    No.3,his argument doesn’t have much research and doesn’t hold water.Lake Tanganyika is being explored and Burundi is doing it.Tanzania and Zambia are contemplating exploring their sides of the lake.Lake Victoria is not fancied with exploration activities because it doesn’t directly fall within the great rift Valley basin.Lakes Albert,Tanganyika,Malawi,Malombe,and the Shire river fall in this rift Valley and are all believed to harbor rocks that possess hydrocarbons for possible oil extraction.Mind you,Tanzania is busy at the moment with vast discoveries of liquefied natural gas off its Indian Ocean coast but is still eyeing explorations on lakes Tanganyika,Victoria,and Nyasa.Nobody wants to be left behind,it’s a resource boom and Malawi has to take the opportunity.

  18. Nobel says:

    All this about oil exploration in Lake Malawi is nonsense. What benefit did we get from Kayelekera uranium mines? As this is not enough they’re coming back to north again to flatter people as if Malawi will change? Shame on you who are advancing for federation and you just watch this white elephants project passing by your nose and you’re mute! Why dont you counter argue because the gains will be used to develop the south and not the north? Your chiefs are glutons and you’re about to be called glutons as well when u allow this oil drilling materialise. Wake up in ur shameful deep slumber u Malawians in north Nyasa!!

  19. Quota system says:

    I thought is government lastly to decide. What about border wrangles ? Any secret concessions as it used to be with paladin and moya ?

  20. Wamandasi says:

    1. Malawi owns 51% or no deal. 2. Malawi to have it own refinery no crude oil leaves Malawi or no deal. 3 Fuel in Malawi less Mk300 or no deal. Profits by all people over 18 years old goes direct into peoples account just like Gadaffi

  21. NYIKA ANALYST says:

    TO AVOID WHAT USED TO HAPEN IN NIGER DELTA IF FINDINGS ARE POSITIVE SET UP A FUND ACCOUNT FOR THAT DISTRICT DAT PRODUCES DE OIL

  22. mboma says:

    why r u kickstarting the project in nyika republic???? if u have oil in south why dont u start that side??????????????? lake malawi is larger and deeper up north, so if u want peace then explore with care dont just steal otherwise if u leave that side (northunderdeveloped while collecting their oil, that would be the start of war in this country, oil is a 3 word but it means war if not well handled guys watch out!!!!!!

  23. PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED PROPER ROAD NETWORKS IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNSTIONAL STADIUM IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED UNIRVESITY IN THE NORTH

    PEOPLE NEED INTERNATIONAL REFFERAL HOSPITAL IN THE NORTH

    DONT JUST STEAL THEIR RESORCES AND RUN AWAY THE WAY YOU DID WITH KAYELEKELA AND KAZIWIZIWI AND MCHENGA

  24. Wakabaza says:

    Ine ndimadabwa kuti kodi akanganyawa akulimbikira za Federalism chifukwa chani Kodi nkhani yake ndi imeneyi eti?

  25. Chikopa says:

    I am baffled and disgusted when I hear this type of crap. Saudi Arabia is a desert and they truly value fresh water. Those guys should be given a go-ahead to exploit oil in third largest water lake in the world? Why are foreign bastards not exploiting oil in Lake Tanganyika or Lake Victoria? Has the world now fully understood that we are stupid? Something is not adding up. What will Karonga benefit from this shit dealing? Why can’t people in Karonga learn? A foreign owned investors is only there to plunder. Would you people in Karonga or North develop your wives’ villages? Only if you were to plunder. Please note that the lake is for the whole country. No oil please. Nigeria has oil but most of its citizens are coming to Malawi – why? Money belongs to the foreigners. Do not fool yourselves children of our esteemed Paramount Kyungu. Umphawi sumapha koma cashgate.

    1. Nkhangazaona says:

      What ignorance! Has anyone been prevented from doing oil exploration on Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria? Follow Tanzanian newspapers and learn that Tanzaniavis actively looking for oil and/or gas both onshore and offshore including inland lakes. And mind you, Uganda hit oil on an inland l ake (is it Lake Albert?) and is set to start drilling and pumping. The point is that we are hearing so much about Lake Malawi because tale tale signs suggest that chances of finding oil there are extremely high. The same applies for the Lower Shire.

  26. NYIKA ANALYST says:

    IF DE RESULT SHOWS THERE IS OIL,MALAWI AS A STAKEHOLDER SHOULD HAV AT LEAST 51%SHARE HOLDING.I REPEAT-AT LEAST51%.I REPEAT AGAIN ATLEAST 51%.NO SECRET AGREEMENTS OR HIDDEN CLAUSES-LOOK AT KAYELEKERA-MALAWI GOT RAW DEAL COZ OF SELFISH REPRESENTATIVES. LEARN HOW BOTSWANA DOES IT

  27. fisi Gammar says:

    Wakupusikani waka mwawanthumwe

  28. kanthu ako says:

    Poor Malawians from Karonga. Hamra has come there to steal from you. You will be smiling with scones in the mouth while government and the explorer will be eating cakes. You cannot learn from Kayelekela?

  29. WE WILL HEAR FROM YOU KARONGA———BOLA PA ZAKHALE ZIZOMEZI NDI ZI IFA NGATI KAYELEKELA.

  30. Ebola says:

    hamra holdings? this company does not exist. the first profit will be in Malawi. mesa mumati ndinu ophinzila _ osapanga ‘ntumbuka holdings’ and do your own exploration bwanji?

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