Community blocks Chinese mining firm from taking mineral samples

Communities at Mbirima in Chitipa have vowed to stop a Chinese mining firm from collecting mineral samples unless they commit themselves to corporate social responsibility in the area.

The mineral ‘samples’ being taken out of Malawi

The area borders Malawi and Tanzania.

Traditional leaders in the area said the company has been collecting the “samples” large volumes, saying at least seven trucks full of the minerals for the past three months.

“They are hiding behind the samples, in actual fact, they are already mining but they do not want to commit themselves for the corporate social responsibility,” said one chief.

He said the area lacks a clinic, school block and upgrading of roads among others.

In Ntcheu, communities of sub-traditional authority Tsikulamowa are objecting to Lafarge cement company collecting materials for cement manufacturing in their area for the company failure to meet corporate social responsibility obligations.

Sub-T/A Tsikulamowa said the community wrote the company on Saturday demanding they stop their activities until they honour their social responsibility.

Officials from Lafarge were tight lipped on the matter.

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winstonmsowoya
winstonmsowoya
2 years ago

Malawians seem to be confused and useless people.Chinese,are in Malawi to teach Malawians what CORRUPTION IS and indeed Malawi has become a CHINESE GARBAGE BIN.what foolish people these are.As Iam writing this narration,MUSLIMS,have even entrenched in government’s business especially the MCP led by Chakwera who now is in the hands of Muslim Muftis.How would a leader become money lover like that? Malawians,you are standing on a MELTING LAVA soon to explode.Again,you have seen what these barbalic Muslims living in our peaceful Mangoche,do to our nation? TITI for TATI and WAKEUP my beloved Malawians,why are you selling our splendid Mather Malawi… Read more »

Shebi
Shebi
2 years ago
Reply to  winstonmsowoya

This guy has soo much hatred. He should be banned from commenting.

che nnungu
2 years ago

Something wrong about Malawi’s leadership. You wre supposed to be in the fore front but people hae realised that you sideline with the Chinese. My fellow Malawians beat any Chinese who wants to reap where they didnt sow

Popapo
Popapo
2 years ago

Where is the government on such very disturbing news about our wealth being siphoned at will. Malawians it is not enough to ask for social responsibility (school block, water etc) . The central government should be strong on mining in the country, there is nothing wrong to evoke licenses if it is in the common good of Malawians. Human rights please just like your on Jane Ansah, join the cry of communities. We understand the Tanzania authorities have discovered precious stones from Malawi being taken to China in Dar Es Salaam but all is Christmas for Malawian authorities. Chonde our… Read more »

Pacharo
Pacharo
2 years ago
Reply to  Popapo

I want to know how when the CSR agreement is to be impemented.Is it before the start of extracting the mineral or after certain period during the course of business. We might be commenting on issues we have no baseline information and look fools later.

mpilu
mpilu
2 years ago

mma embassy mu ndi momwe akufuna kusangalatsa pitala akamagwilizana ndi ma venda kutstsa dziko ndi ma minerals ake.
cimodzi nsomba za ma aquarium. mabwana akuzigulitsa heavy. ife kumatiuza kuti tisawedze.
mma embassy

Jairos
Jairos
2 years ago

The stones you have put on your story are not the ones being mined at the said mine, you should do your research properly. The stone being mined is sodalite and a very cheap stone used for making tiles. The best way was for the community to engage with the Chinese on the way forward not blocking them otherwise the people who are employed have been affected.

Sabata
Sabata
2 years ago
Reply to  Jairos

Iwe Jairos ndiwe opusa eti. Ukumaba nawo

mc kenz
mc kenz
2 years ago
Reply to  Jairos

you are the most useless citizen. I don’t even think yu are a Malawian cheap or expensive you can’t take two trucks of minerals for sample from China or any western country. you are pathetic

Justice Usiwa
Justice Usiwa
2 years ago

Chinese are never imprisoned in Malawi ,never loss court cases ,victims are natives. If you ask now,Where the caught 2017 with ivory?they are free.

Kapombocha
Kapombocha
2 years ago

Koma dzikoli ndilanthudi kapena tinagobwerekedwa. kukhala kwa bwanji uku komasinthanisa zinthu zathu zomwe ndi ndizomwe tikusowa mumadera athu.

Sahara
Sahara
2 years ago

This is happening under the watch of the minister of energy and mining whom I am sure is involved in this day light robery. It’s sad that this tippex government imposed itself on the people of Malawi. Leave central and northern Malawi alone! Why don’t you loot your Lhomwe land?

Pacharo
Pacharo
2 years ago
Reply to  Sahara

You have no use of the product. That is why the so called chinese come and collect it so that they convert it into gadgets which will be sold to you again. Poor malawians

concerned citizen
concerned citizen
2 years ago

SONGISO ! Do you understand English? I said the minerals displayed look like diamonds. I did not say they are diamonds. Kumamvetsetsa chingerezichi.

Banda
Banda
2 years ago

The issue should not be coorporate social responsibility as if tikuwagulitsa. Those things ndi ntchito ya boma. Nkhani ikhale yoti what is government doing to collect what is due to this country. We have wasted donor money on mining governance and surely we have nothing to show for on the ground.

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