Mangochi demo against illegal ‘gold’ miners: Petitioners ask Mutharika to deploy Malawi army

Communities in Mangochi  held a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday on ‘illegal gold mining activities’ taking place in their areas and  petitioned President Peter Mutharika through  Mangochi District  Commisisoner Moses Chimphepo  demanding that government should deploy Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to patrol Namizimu Forest.

Chimphepo (in black suit) receiving the petition from one of the community members

Communities making their feelings known in Mangochi with GVH Mwasungu displaying his placard

Human rights activists Billy Mayata and Natural Resources Justice Network chairperson Kossam Munthali joined the communities  in the demonstrations.

The petitioners want the deployment of Malawi soldiers  within one week and warned that if the military personell are not deployed by Friday 26 October 2018, they shall continue to exert pressure on government through series of unspecified action.

Spokesperson for the group of demonstrators Dickens Mahwayo said the villagers from Tradition Authorities (T/As) Makanjira and Namabvi in Mangochi   are demanding for eviction of all illegal miners and MDF  soldiers to be deployed “to patrol Namizimu Forest to prevent the miners from destroying the forest reserve further.”

The petitioners  also want President Mutharika to order that the damaged areas be rehabilitated.

They also demand the  passing of the revised mines and minerals Bill in the next sitting of Parliament.

“We want only licensed companies to work in the area so that people can start benefitiing from the natural resources,” Mahwayo said.

He accused illegal miners of causing  social ills in their communities such as “engaging in prostitution and employment of minors.”

The group village head (GVH) Saiti Mwasungu wondered why officials from the department of mines keep going to the area to collect huge amounts of deposits on the pretext of conducting a survey instead of coming on the open to declare whether the areas have precious stones or not.

As part of the detailed coverage, the Daily Times carried editorial comment on the matter titled  ‘Let there be action on illegal mining’.

The paper said: “The people of Mangohci should not be ignored because the issue they are presenting is not only serioys but also sensitive and, if not handled with the seriousness it deserves, something bad might happen.”

It pointed out that those who are into illegal mini g activities are not Malawians but foreigners.

The government, the paper urged, must not continue handling this issue indecisively, reminding the government that there is wealth in the earth.

Mangochi district commissioner the Reverend Moses Chimphepo commended the demonstrators for conducting a peaceful march and promised to deliver it to the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) by Thursday, October 11, 2018 by 10am.

 

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Bob
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Bob

Eeh kaya its a pity that this issue has been ignored for so long. Do we have the Minister responsible for mines? Such kind of mindset is what makes the government not ticking.

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Malawi is sitting on gold and is poor. woe to Malawi

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Boma la Malawi likuyendetsedwa ndi anthu oduka mitu, anthu anzeru sangalekelele anthu akunja kumazaba miyala ya gold mdziko iwo akungoyang’anila.

Central
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Central

Illegal miners ndi dzi ma chejumo ndi ma cadets a DPP. Iwe osadabwa kuti chifukwa chani asilikali sanapite ku Mangochi? Ndi ma cadets okhaokha ali kumenekoka!! Check with Department of Mines, you’ll feel sorry for mother Malawi!!

Gold digger
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Gold digger

But why the army? Our army now has become the army that guard forests. Is this the job of the army?

Chemjambe
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Chemjambe

Eya, nanga azingokhala nkumalandira salary ?

Masauko Mbewe
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Masauko Mbewe

Yes nanga amagwira ntchito yanji? Kudya zaulere basi

jailos
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jailos

My opinion is, its not soldiers duties to guard forests weather there are no wars or not,they need to be respected. That’s the Job of forest rangers i presume.

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

You fools talk sense not these. Please give us soldiers a break and learn to respect!!

Chilunga
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Chilunga

Respect? What an ass hole you are!

Kangaude
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Kangaude

There is nothing that these soldiers do apart from drinking beer. Let them guard the forest

Central
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Central

Respect sitipempha akulu………….!!

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