Paladin rejects Malawi toxic waste accusation, warns lawsuit to NGOs

Uranium miner Paladin Energy has rejected allegations  by nongovernment organisations (NGOs) in Malawi that it is discharging toxic waste from its Kayelekera uranium mine into a local river system in the northern border district of Karonga.

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker:   Paladin will pursue legal steps unlees  they NGOs stop dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker: Paladin will pursue legal steps unlees they NGOs stop dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications

The company said  on Monday that the accusations by the groups and individuals openly hostile to the company, contained “misleading statements” intended to cause alarm and distress to local communities in Malawi.

Paladin said it would pursue legal steps against the relevant NGOs if the  blatant falsehoods  around the company’s  water treatment plans continued.

“Paladin emphatically refutes these accusations and will pursue legal steps unless these perpetrators of gross misinformation cease their dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications,” the company said.

The miner uses captured run-off water during the production and processing of uranium ore at Kayelekera. The water is then recycled.

Paladin said once water treatment and release started, Paladin would undertake constant environmental monitoring in the process, which would be monitored and regulated by the Malawi government to meet internationally-recognised discharge standards including the World Health Organisation’s drinking water guideline for uranium content.

“The controlled water release is necessary to avoid any possible unplanned and uncontrolled discharge of run-off water contained in storage ponds at Kayelekera during the period of care and maintenance,” the company said.

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43 thoughts on “Paladin rejects Malawi toxic waste accusation, warns lawsuit to NGOs”

  1. concerned citizen says:

    Fellow Malawians, if only we had joined hands with Mr. Undule Mwakasungula who while Heading CHRR strongly fought amongst other things against the mining establishment of this dangerous mineral (uranium) emphasising that the waist was very toxic and difficult to handle.
    Unfortunately, we (Malawians) thought he was blocking a viable investment. If only we had known!?

  2. Agape Mgolomba says:

    Considering the gross incompentence of our NGOs, I would not be surprised that these accusations were genuinely false.

    1. concerned citizen says:

      You’re dead wrong! The problem is that our country is full of myopic educated fools like you who are always bent at criticising anything the CSO do or say no matter how important it is for them. Paradin has just accepted and confirmed the leakage after pressures from the same CSOs you’re blindly condemning. Shame on you. Don’t be a puppet of yourself!

  3. kukhala says:

    WALKER=BIN LDDED . KILLING MALAWIANS SILENTLY. THIS COMPANY PLUS ITS MANAGEMENT ARE NUMBER ONE ENEMIES OF MALAWI.
    THE MINE SHOULD BE CLOSED SINCE MALAWIANS NOT BENEFITTING BUT BEING POISONED FOR LIFE & GENERATIONS

  4. Govt official says:

    Ps Paladin is not emptying the tailings dam I wonder kuti anayambitsa bodza limeneli ndindani………

  5. Govt official says:

    kodi inu anzathu ophunzira, do you know there is a difference between radioactive waste as in spent fuel from nuclear power plants or other high grade radiation sources and wastes from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials? Management of the 2 can not be the same I can see most of you are treating these as and the same but they are not. and juat for your information government has capable personnel to monitor the whole process that’s why the technocrats recommended to the minister to give paladin the discharge license with all the necessary conditions and safe guards…. every industrial activity has wastes and thats the downside of things, however the water will be discharged and trust me not even a single worm will die as a result of this God should forgive these people spreading lies and misinformong the public

  6. NYIKA BOY says:

    PALADIN MUST RECONISE AS WELL AS DISCLOSE DECOMISSIONING COST OBLIGATIONS.AGAIN I REPEAT MR WALKER MUST LEARN TO BE POLITE TO AFRICANS.MALAWIANS ,KNOW THAT CONTAMINATION IN KARONGA MEANS WHOLE LAKE IS AFFECTED.LHM

  7. NYIKA BOY says:

    AN EXAMPLE I GIVE IS COMPANY NAME OF MARATHON RESOURSES OF AUSTRALIA CAUGHT DUMPIN AND PUNISHD.ENERGY RESOURCES AUSTRALIA WAS FOUND GUILTY IN 2005 OF RADIOACTIVE DUMPING IN WATER.I URGE CSOs TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS SEEMINGLY ARROGANT WALKER.LET HIM NOT ESCAPE.THERE HAS TO BE DECOMISSIONING COSTS SET ASIDE AS AN OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF PALADIN.

  8. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    FACT IS URANIUM TAILINGS IS HIGHLY TOXIC.THATS WHY TAILING DAMS R CONSTRUCTED FOR SOLE PURPOSE OF RESTRICTING SPREAD OF THIS HAZARD.SO IF PALADIN THINKS OF RELEASIN DE STUFF INTO RIVER/LAKE THATS UNETHICAL AND CRIME.MINISTRY OF MINES MUST ENGAGE INDEPENDENT EXPARTS TO DO SOME DUE DILIGENCE.MINISTER OF MINES WAKE UP.

  9. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    THERE IS WHAT WE CALL .DELIBERATE MISCONDUCT.THE OFFENDER DOIN SO IN SECRET.THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATED.POSIBILITY IS SOMEONE MAY TAKE CONTAINERS AND DUMP INTO THE LAKE,OR USE A TANKER TO TRANSPORT FROM THE STORAGE AREA AND DUMP IN LAKE.PLS RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE.FRANK JOMO STORY OF24/11/2014 IN DAILY TIMES MENTIONED THAT PALADIN HAD PLAN TO RELEASE THE SLUDGE EARLY2015 DESPITE PROTESTS FROM COMMUNITY .R THEY DOING SO SECRETELY? FINALY I ALSO PERSONALY WOULD LIKE TO WARN PALADIN BOSS TO HAVE RESPECT FOR AFRICANS.

  10. Patriot says:

    Nobody except 2 families benefited from this deadhole.
    Kayelekera is a deadhole. Say NO to mining.
    Kamuzu amalekeranji kutero nthawi imeneyo? He knew.

  11. Bristone Mabhiic says:

    Paladin must say the truth. We are having fish dying by themselves. We have since been told not to eat them. We suspect it is from contamination from Kayelekera. The government is mum on the issue none wants to come out and explain why fish is dying. Stopping people from eating them does not explain anything. Find out from the people from Karonga. People cannot buy mpasa at karonga Boma because they are not sure of how it was caught. Can authorities come out clear on the issue? This is turning to be a systematic slaughter. PALADIN is the culprit, for sure unless otherwise. Next time I will bring the pictures of fish lying on the beaches of lake Malawi from Karonga Boma itself, Ngosi Village, Lughali and parts of Lupembe

  12. Ciss says:

    God is watching you fooling galatians

  13. njanji says:

    We jst hear from media dat we have a mine,bt it has no any impact on our economy,why,so what is kayelekera or whatsoever is doing on our soil?in RSA every the price of gold,platnum is being mentioned on tv and radoio stations,for the nation to be updated how worthy is their God given national resources,but hear is stupidest stupidity,or greedy,or else some top government gurus have personised the national asset,while the kwacha Is floating and the poor masses lives in hell,go damn it all the readers.we are tired this is minegate

  14. Nankungwi says:

    No! Government has to assure us that they have been and checked that this is not the case. remember very recently we have had fish dying en mass in Karonga? Come on Mutharika get your minister there! if you are not happy the place needs to close before it causes more trouble for us. You see these people do not mind! they don’t care whether they destroy the enviroment or not its not theirs! This is URGENT deal with it Bwana!

  15. Kalanga says:

    True sir, we know radioactive particles, how dangerous they can be. Indeed we are living dangerously in Malawi. Water wl be contaminated now. Mind u we r even failing to treat water safely, now how best do we treat uranium particles for the common good?

  16. Killa says:

    Bribing is a cancerous,a stigma from the lowest key workers to the highest,stop this nonsense,or is it our neighbours further north,something is in the water what is it .conclude this story

  17. peyer says:

    In the first place we never wanted this kayerekera mine, secondly we never benefitted anything as a country apart from afew individuals and I don’t want mention names here. What else do you want you muzungus? You are thieves and this you know yourselves. Leave our country and go back home before we uproot you. Soon and I mean soon we shall uprise against you muzungus.

  18. Vyachalo says:

    What do we benefit from this company. It is better to stop mining and go. We are crying for forex and I have never heard that Uranium have made so much money (forex). They must go!!!

  19. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    As a concerned Malawian and a seasoned Global Environmentalist, I just want to throw light on this sensitive issue. The government is supposed to take full responsibility of ensuring Malawians are protected from greedy Multinationals like the Kayelekelas. Ensure monitoring is done.

    Secondly, I would like to enlighten the broader readership on these issues that since destruction of radioactivity is not an option, response actions at radioactively contaminated sites the concepts of “Time, Distance and Shielding” are the concepts used in radiation protection. Time allows the natural decay of the radionuclide to take place, resulting in reduction in risk to human health and the environment. Distance and shielding from the radioactive material rapidly reduces the risk from all forms of radiation by reduction of the intensity of the imparted energy. Therefore all remediation solutions involve either removing and disposing of radioactive waste, or immobilizing and isolating radioactive material to protect human health and the environment. Radioactive material can be extracted from soil and water and converted to a form for disposal at an approved location.

    The most common radioactive waste pollution comes from solid media. The applied technologies relevant to solid media are: i) Capping; ii) Land Encapsulation; iii) Cryogenic Barriers; iv) Vertical Barriers; v) Cement Solidification/Stabilization; vi) Chemical Solidification/Stabilization; vii) Solvent/Chemical Extraction; viii) Dry Soil Separation; ix) Soil Washing; x) Flotation; xi) In-situ Vitrification; xii) Ex-situ Vitrification.

    Therefore the government of Malawi should have ensured all of the above facts were presented in a project proposal and agreed upon with Kayelekela company how disposal of radioactive waste and monitoring were going to be carried out.

  20. Namalira wamkulu from UK says:

    Malawians I feel sorry for your/our Govt. How can the whole govt with so called learned professionals with papers allow a company to dump radioactive waste into a river ? You guys are you serious with your country? I myself have dealt with tailings studies of uranium even in countries like Kazakhstan. Never have I come across such a practice. There is no literature in the world that has confirmed treated radioactive water to be dumped in.usable rivers by humans. Save malawi please don’t behave as idiots.I am very disappointed being a Malawian myself resident here in Botswana.

    1. Wa Nzeru Wa Kum'mawa says:

      Namalira wankulu from UK, did you relocate from UK to Botswana?

  21. Chidikuliku matoNgu says:

    If I find Greg walker whether at a shopping centre in Lilongwe or blantyre I will stab him. Am prepared to go to jail for Malawians. Or any man from Australia I will do same. This issue is not about achewa or tumbukas it’s about Malawians coz that radio active stuff can be found in mangochi or shire river etc so it so silly for anyone to say it is tumbukas!

  22. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Tell this fugett to leave the country, this is not South Africa! Stupid man!

  23. Alufeyo says:

    This is a country populated by fools. Any white man can do as they like. Foolish country. My Rwanda can never accept this nonsense.

  24. Concerned Environmetalist says:

    This is gross insensitivity to vulnerable and innocent souls that are living in Karonga and along the shores of lake Malawi. The fact is, Radioactive wastes can not be managed by simple methods the same way you do with ordinary drinking water and you later dispose it of telling blind people that the effluents are safe. In countries of their origin ( Bosses at paladin) such wastes are stored in special containers and buried underground, is this what is happening at Kayerekera? Are they trying to say that life of a black man has an insignificant value compared to theirs?

    Now to the Government of Malawi, this is foolishness of the highest order. Greed and lack of foresight and professionalism in our leaders has clearly been demonstrated here. Do we have a regulatory body in Malawi that oversees such delicate and sensitive issues? If you do not know what you are doing (you) Malawi Government, you have killed your tourism industry as your lake has radioactive wastes which are carcinogenic (cancer causing). When shall we have a responsible government? When shall we have people that are ready to get advice and not only be thinking about means and ways of siphoning public funds into their pockets? This is more than serious Malawi. You mean you could not engage an international constant to help you on how best uranium can be mined and processed? you had no money?
    My beloved nation where are you heading to? sob sob!

  25. Vernon von Lingadzi says:

    Greg Walker is in Malawi with the sole purpose of bribing and corrupting Ministers and Civil Servants. Walker does not go to the mine at Karonga to work, he lives and works from Lilongwe. Greg Walker will be deported if this is a listening government. Greg Walker hates blacks.

  26. karonga resident says:

    I have one question kwa inu mupanga phokoso, if paladin did discharge any effluents how come nsomba zikafe mu lake Malawi and yet they are not dying in North Rukuru and surrounding rivers. Government is monitoring the situation and we have all the water quality data which shows the water is clean of pollutants. Osamangoyankhula with misguided emotions, Vuto lake anthu ma disappointments apa Development Agreement mmafuna muziwapanga superimpose on everything to do with paladin. wise up and stand for the truth even if its against popular opinion

  27. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Gentlemen lets talk facts. Who saw this water that it is contaminated and is being discharged into local rivers ? Can you NGO collect this water and run tests for confirmation? Don’t just spread bad news for the sake of denting the image of Paladin company. Wake up guys and consult experts to help you find facts. Mukudziwa kuti Botswana , South Africa yalemera chifukwa cha migodi zanu zimenezo musauka.

  28. Mayo says:

    The problem withTumbukas is that once they talk the queens language they think they are educated. Foolish Tumbukas in their own land. Take them to court sir. So they think you are another Munthalika

  29. Namalira wamkulu from UK says:

    I agree with kuntha. Greg should be deported. He perduaded the Australian govt go open s co!nsulate in paladin Lilongwe Office so that he should play his monkey antics.In fact Paladin has a separate Account whose purpose is to bribe and corrupt malawians who criticise them. I have the. Acct details and whoever wants it am free to diiscloze it. Paladin is taking malawians for granted. In fact it was supposed to be the NGOs suing paladin not Greg usatiopyeza. We can’t take it Paladin must go. If you closed because of low uranium price why couldn’t you do the same for your Namibian mine? You must pack and go. Mwatinamiza Kokwana. I urge anthu muli ku karongako just go to their offices and seal them. They want to kill malawians ndalama anapanga kale

  30. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    Phodogoma, you are an empty dunder head Malawian. Your head is full of water. You do not know that the pollution from Kayelekela can not spare you whether you are from Central (Chewa) or from the South (Lomwe). I have served as Chief Technical Advisor to United Nations (UNDP) in former Russian States of Central Asia on a project, “Radioactive Waste Management in Central Asia” from Uranium Tailings dumpsites that were caused by the Russian (Soviet Union) government Uranium nuclear mining activities. I saw people rotting while alive. The impacts of radioactive waste pollution are catastrophic. Do not play games with people’s lives when it comes to this issue. It grieves me that we can have such stupid people like you among very intelligent nation of Malawi. I agree with Malawi Says. Walker is an Arrogant white man. He has no respect for black authorities. I have been following his responses and arguments, he is very rude, not befitting of a CEO of such an important company. Why is the Australian company still keeping him? If Kayelekela was in South Africa, Walker would have long gone and regretted why he was borne into this world. It is individual’s character of the likes of Walker that promotes blacks hating whites and vice-versa. Walker, wake up to the new dispensation of the modern world. There is no room for Caucasian behaviour. Your days are numbered. Let some of us take authority of running Malawi and you will dance to the rythm of right music that befits you. If you do not realize, you send signals of a hard core Racist, worse that Verwoed of Aphatheid South Africa. Disgusted Malawian.

  31. Kuntha Kitae says:

    The activities of Paladin should be subjected to a Commission of Enquiry, which should look at all aspects to Paladin right from the outset. But before a Commission of Enquiry is appointed the racist Greg Walker and the South African apartheid era boers should all be deported. Greg Walker in fact presents a national security risk to Malawi as he is only in Malawi to spy and bribe. Greg Walker is in fact the one who incites the diplomats and international lending institutions to withhold aid from Malawi. NIB should monitor the activities of Greg Walker. He was the one spreading rumours amongst diplomats that Peter Mutharika is homosexual.

  32. Mijomba says:

    A free advice to Paladin, the biggest mistake they can do is to take the NGOs to court. These people need to be confronted by information that you claim to have. Panaladin must know that they are in their communities and the worst any company can make is to antagonise themselves with the local communities amongst whom they operate, more or so the communities mentioned being Karonga.

    It is a very open secret that the communities in Karonga does not like Paradin firstly because it seems they were not involved in the Pact between the government and Paladin, this was a betrayal of the then DPP government to the people of Karonga. This being the case, communities don’t actually know what they stand to gain by having Paladin pollute their environment. These people have only their environment to keep for their sustainability and that of their generations to come. They would do anything possible to protect their environment.

    Firstly Paladin need to know that these people have lived there in peace with nature and nature has in turn treated them fairly in turn. They can live without Paladin more or so if the existence of Paladin does not add any value to their lives and perhaps on the contrary they perceive that their live are being affected negatively.

    Paladin need to engage these communities and NGOs with respect and they must be accorded opportunties to be held even if Paladin feels they do not have the technical competence to comment on the issue at hand. These NGOs could assist Paladin or destroy it all together

  33. Kanyimbi says:

    This useless company must go. So they want to threaten us the owners of the land? You are killing my chambo. Please may the ministries responsible for mining and environment take this issue seriously. People in Blantyre drink water from this lake so you want to kill Malawians by exposing them to radioactive materials? No more dialogue please pack up and go we don’t need careless companies here.

  34. Thako la says:

    Greg walker Usatiopseze dziko Ndi lathu. Uranium ndi wathu. Paladin should pack up and go kwatsalaku mutipha bcaz all people in karonga are drinking water from the lake. Greg walker ndi crook usatiopyseze ukachita masewera ukangobwera kuno tikudula We are going to deal with Paladin enough is enough.

  35. manyenje says:

    Joshua kaunda be patriotic. Do you know how much Paladin has done more harm to malawians? If u hv nothing to offer just kip quiet. No wonderMalawi still remains poor bcz of people like you. Go to school and learn how a white man behaves in a black owned land.

  36. manyenje says:

    Phodogoma you are a uselessand irrrirresponsible bunch. This id not a tumbuka issue. You can be surprised that the nongovernmental mentioned are from all the regions. Stop being tribalistic . Do you know Greg WALKER with his crooked ways? Do you know that paladin is the most corruption company in Malawi? Do you know that people hv evidence what Paladin did prior Tifa the actual dumping or they radioactive waste? Learn to be a Malawian my brother and love your country. YOUR ego won’t take you anywhere.

  37. Ineyo says:

    You can say all sorts of things but mind you Nsomba zikufa zokha ku Karonga and Paladin remains the prime suspect.

  38. Joshua Kaunda says:

    Malawians let’s learn to standby the truth. Fabricating false information will do us more harm than these cheap propaganda.

  39. Malawiana says:

    The problem with Walker and his Paladin team is rudeness and not willing to engage stakeholders in a positive manner hence opening the door to speculations some of which can indeed be detrimental to Paladin as a global brand.

  40. Phodogoma says:

    Take these so called NGOs to court. Tumbukasa are useless to Malawians just as Palestinians are to Israel. Deal with them and make them to pay your company handsomely. I know you will argue based on international legal basis as you did in a certain northern African country.

    1. golingo says:

      Iwe pathako pako wamva!!! Dont be stupid and useless!!!! Bust surely paladin will one day pack up and go!!! Iam in support of karonga people in the efforts to chase these idiots out!!!!! Prove to the people of karonga that ur not discharging wastes into rivers rather than rushing to courts!!!!!!!! Idiots foolish people!!

      My other suggestion to paladin is that go and open another mine at ndata where bingu was burried!! That motherfucker chewed alot of uranium money and i hope he has now dicomposed into uranium so go and mine it other than wasting ur time there in karonga!!!!!

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