Paladin faces Karonga resistance to reopen Malawi uranium mine

Uranium miner Paladin Energy Ltd  is facing resistance from residents of northern bordr district of Karonga on plans to reopen its Kayelekera mine, in Malawi,  following the conditions that thecompnay presented to the community this week.

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker: Paladin to reopen mine

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker: Paladin to reopen mine

In his presentation Greg Walker Acting General Manager for Operations on Tuesday at the Karonga  district chamber during said  Paladin will restart its operations on the production of uranium at Kayelekera on among other conditions that Malawian government should maintain the development agreement in place.

“Since the suspension of operations at Kayelekera mine on 07 February 2014 what the company is doing now is maintaining the mine and infrastructures in good working order so that there can be rapid resumption of production when market conditions dictate,” said Walker.

Adding that “meanwhile we are going to resume the operations at Kayelekera mine on conditions that Malawian government should provide local generated electricity at the mine site and also commitment by government to maintain the development agreement in place without change as was with the previous government.”

The sentiment angered the community which was in the chamber claiming that the current agreement does not benefit them despite the mine is in their district.

In their augments,  the community members  presented by Wavisanga Silungwe questioned the way forward of dissolving the agreement which the former governing  People’s Party proposed.

“As people in Karonga we had hope with the idea that the former government suggested to review the agreement which is in place between Paladin Africa Limited and our country so that as the community should also benefit from the percentages that the company give to Malawi,” said Silungwe.

According to Silungwe, government must renegotiate its secretive development agreement with Paladin for the betterment of the community.

“As the community we presented our concerns to government that 15 percent of developmental agreement between government and Paladin should raise to about 25 percent so that two to five percent should be given to the community in Karonga to use in some developmental activities at district level,” said Silungwe.

Adding that “since Paladin started the mining process in Karonga some years ago the community has never benefited anything in terms of social responsibilities despite many promises the company made.”

He added that the company should also sign the developmental agreement with the local community.

“We cannot bear to be deceived again, before you start the operations next year  we need you to fulfill all the previous promises that you made and  sign agreement at district level not only at national level because people at local level are the ones suffering especially when problems concerning mines occur,”  he said.

Among other things the community cited that government should not give Paladin the mining license for Silu site unless the company sign an agreement with the local community and that the company must fund the district development plans through Paladin social development funds.

In his remarks Walker said “we can ot answer or abide to what the community is saying because to us we make agreements with government and not the community. it is the Malawian government that should be questioned on the developments at the district level.”

Government officials which were at the meeting refused to comment.

Paladin officially ceased uranium production at Kayelekera in May this year, placing the mine on care and maintenanceMining operations had been suspended since February, but ore processing had continued.

With the mine ceasing operations, global uranium supply was reduced by around 3.3-million pounds a year.

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25 thoughts on “Paladin faces Karonga resistance to reopen Malawi uranium mine”

  1. People in the north need international airport

    People in the north need international Stadium

    People in the north need international Recognised University

    People in the north need Proper Road Road Networks

    THOSE CAPABLE OF WRITING OPEN LETTERS LET THEM DO SOTO THE GOVETNMENT AND ALL COMPANIES WISHING TO ESTABLISH THEIR BUSINESSES IN THE NORTH PLEASE PLEASE !!

  2. America says:

    three quarter of comments here is frm idiot m’bola la jb bwanji simumalongolora kwambiri amangokudyelani pa mutu jb lero chifukwa boma muli achikulire ndye muziti nyolo nyolo apa, tonse tipeza phindu kumeneko ndikubwela ndsegule ma business anga kumeneko chifukwa atumbuka inu kugona kwabasi

    1. Kenkkk says:

      JB was only for two years. The real thieves of mines money were DPP!!!

  3. Lwitiko says:

    Paladin should first acknowledge the fact that they are mining in our ancestors land and inherently our Land. Before Malawi was, our ancestors were already there. That means it is only when they agree with the natives that they will find it simple and meaningful

  4. kambwali says:

    Where is kamuzu chiwambo who has been a strong advocate for this cause

  5. Speech for the north

    i know u are asking today .how long will it take
    i come to say to you this hour however difficult the moment ;however frustrating the time :
    it will not be long :
    because the truth pressed to earth will rise .
    How long? not long, because no lie can live forever .
    How long ? Not long , because u still reap what u sow .
    How long? Not long, because the arm of the moral universe is long but it bend towards justice .
    How long ? Not long , cause mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord , trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored .
    He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword ;HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON!.

  6. NO WAYS! We karonga pipo Will not allow this regime leaDer to erect another white elephant in thyolo ndata , the undevelopmet of north is attributed our bad presidents who think to develop their home region. U POOR LEADER CONT U THINK WHY NORTH IS CALLING FOR FEDERAW LET ME TELL NOW : U DO NOT REGARD NORTH AS PART OF MALAWI , U USE OUR MONEY TO DEVELOP UR HOME AREA .U R EVIL SLEEPING DOGS; too much nepotism ;tribalism;tsankholism; regionalism; selection for higher learning is evil: MARTIN LUTHER SAID AND I ” FREEDOM IS NEVER VOLUNTARILY GIVEN BY THE OPPRESSOR; IT MUST BE DEMANDED BY THE OPPRESSED. End of ” stop all these then call for peace .u can’t b eating us and tell us to cooparate ;we are tired with naughty leaders: we will fight untill u stop oppressing us.

  7. Kenkkk says:

    The people of kAronga should press the govt to reveal the deal. What paladin are saying is to some extent true, its contract or agreement is with the govt. So the govt should tell the people of kAronga what benefits they are going to get from the contract?

    The govt is being secretive and being typical dpp they want to use all the proceeds from kayekela for the benefit of the South. Paladin is back because the govt has promised them Something behind the scene to resume operations as you know the govt is struggling for money.

    Don’t allow paladin to resume operations until the govts clarifies the deal and what is there for the local kAronga people.

    We will Not allow your thieving and developing the South as the last dpp govt did while the North remains behind!!

    We should pressurise Atupele who just happens to have a nkhonde first name as well and the whole dpp govt to tell the truth.

    We want Malawi and the local kAronga people to benefit, not just stealing money for the south, funding DPP and enriching certain individuals!!!

  8. Quota system says:

    Am worried that prices of commodities will sky rocket again. They will say that they have started collecting samples first. These big crooks !

  9. shawa says:

    kayelekera must reopen only when north is separated from Malawi,karonga how long used,refused,abused…….

  10. abdulhassan says:

    Anthu aku Karonga fight for your ancestors land. Don’t trust DPP government, they will take the money and develop Thyolo.

  11. loveness says:

    this guy is a liar and a cheat!!!

  12. Sidney Hills says:

    Greg please wake up! Government does not serve bricks, it serves the community, which entrusts it to look into their welfare needs. If government faults these needs, the Karonga community has the mandate to rescind any activity, deal or transaction made between government and Paladin. Karonga community is the BOSS of the government, no one should intimidate the community. Greg should understand this is not Boer state, it is Karonga state for the Karonga community. You Karonga people know your rights and what is good for the development of your community. If Greg thinks he cannot go by demands of the community, let him take paladin elsewhere for its operation to suit it’s needs. Bravo Karonga visuzge uli, zibvute zitani, no matter how tough, we are behind this good cause. We are not poor but the leadership and foreign multinationals make us to be so because we allow them. This time don’t allow this to happen. God bless Karonga and long live. Thank you all.

  13. My Take!

    The reasons Paladin closed the mine are Valid, Greg Walker is smart and the people of Karonga are Smart. But its important that these negotiations should take place in Karonga with the Community involved, why should people in Lilongwe make Decisions on behalf of the People of Karonga [Another reason why we need the federal system on Government]. iF A Compony is in Malawi and it has done nothing for the Community then what is it doing?

    We hear that the Museum in Karonga needs money for its roof, what has Paladin Done about that? when Uranium starts leaking and making people sick ins atrange way will the people in Lilongwe be there or will Paladin stay or they will just leave and Leave the nasty Situation.

    Let the People of Karonga benefit from their land, as the Government is bringing power to the plan let Paladin execute all the project its promised and the Agreement be reviewed to satisfy the locals.

  14. Amfana says:

    Yes,it is true what Mr Walker said that the people should ask the Govt.on district devept.level,& the Govt.must first hear from the people of that area,then abide by what the citizens need.It is true,if the mining of Uranium is over,it is the people of Karonga & the whole North who will suffer most.Big planes were landing at Karonga Airport even at night to take theYELLOW CAKE.Some Uranium were transported via the road to the sea port.Local Malawians were just seeing having hope that their Govt.will help them ,but in vain.It is said that’once beaten,twice shy’.DO NOT GIVE ROOM TO THEM,UNLESS THEY ACCEPT TO DO WHAT YOU TELL THEM.DO’T GIVE UP SILUNGWE WITH YOUR TEAM,WE ARE SUPPORTING YOU.It pains us too much that very few people are enjoying the fruits of Kayerekera.That is your land.Nanunso a boma kuzolowera kutidyera masuku pa mutu,this TIME WE SAY NOOOOOOOO!SAMALANI POCHITA ZINTHU NGATI ANTHU AAKULU.DO NOT PLANT AN EVIL SEED WHICH WILL BEAR EVIL FRUITS.HOW GREEDY ARE YOU?UNTIL WHEN OPPRESSING US?BUILD SOMETHINGS{STRUCTURES} IN KARONGA & MZUZU AS A REMEMBRANCE OF KAYEREKERA.SHARE THE KAYEREKERA MONEY REASONABLY,OTHERWISE YOU CAN IGNITE FIRE.WE HAVE GOT TOO MUCH TO SAY ,BUT TIME LIMITS US.KARONGA PEOPLE,TAKE IT HARD MUSATOPE.KODI A BOMA,SIMUNGAPANGITSE MAGETSI A URANIUM POTI ALI MOMUNO MWATHU?NDIKUDZIWA MWINA MUNENA KUTI NDIWODULA.NANGA MAKHOBIDI AKULIPIRA MPHWIYOWO k18 Million Bail out,mukupita kwanthawi sitingathe?Coal alimonso koma magetsi akutivuta mpaka lero,bwanji a Malawi?DO’T WE HAVE TRUE ENGINEERS?GEOLOGISTS?ETC. PLEASE WAKE UP EVERYBODY.LET US DEVELOP OUR BELOVED NATION.

  15. Baisoni Thom says:

    Paladin should NOT think that Africans a fools. When you mine uranium, there are other minerals that are part of the beneficiation process which Paladin up to now has not been declaring. It is NOT only uranium…

    Besides, whose mine is it and what percentage does Malawi Government have in the mine. It is a stupid percentage which we would do better to get ANOTHER investor to come in, and they will be willing to do so! The kangaroos can go back to Australia for what they are worth!

  16. gonverment of malawi are people and all the sorrounding by the way let’s make a fully agreement so that if a company want to rehume its work could do so.no one of you people took part in suspending paladin to do its operations at the kayelekera.it was paladin itself informed the gonverment about the problems faced by then,so if the problems are solved let company starts its operations successfully without any obstacle.

  17. TRUCK says:

    That’s good news some people can find work now.

  18. vindere says:

    Karonga people don’t allow this Paladin to reopen until the govt. starts some meaningful developments there.The DPP govt. just like to steal our natural resources to develop Southern region and leave the North in the cold. That’s why Sessesion for the North is the only solution if we want development to take place.

  19. bk says:

    Go to Ndata, you will find a lot of Uranium. And the big head of Mr Bingu watha mtalika. Leave the land of Northerners.

  20. kadamanja says:

    Paladin forsake go back we dont want here anymore, you have robed us enough. FORSAKE. Karonga people fight for your land.

  21. Yobe boo says:

    Bravo Karonga people. They should not restart the operations until they sign agreement with the district community. This idiots just come to expoil our land, grab our resources for their own profit. Anawapatsa matama ndi Bingu, iye atalemerelapo pa Kayerekera.

  22. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Kyungu anakugulitsani. Bingu was the biggest beneficiary. Anthu a ku Karonga ndinu vindere vakufikapo.

  23. Mfumu ku Neno says:

    Paladini and Moter engil or vale, building railway in Mwanza are godamn liers. These racists take locals for granted and will never do anything to develop communities they work in. All they know is to bribe political thugs. Thumbs up Karonga people for standing up to this nonsense, we are doing the same in Neno. We should take matters into our own hands because its gross foolishness to expect inept ministers to protect our interests.

  24. Vyachalo says:

    Silungwe you are strong man. Akufuna ndalamaso zipite ku Thyolo. Office yawoso yika khale ku Mzuzu.

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