Minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamveka has advised the community of Karonga to behave “responsibly” especially when handling issues concerning Paladin Africa saying the company is the only hope to boosting the economy of the country.
Mwanamveka made the remarks on Tuesday in Karonga the northern part of Malawi where Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker was meeting with Karonga Community Development Trust, a coalition of business operators in the district. The meeting was held in camera.
The people of Karonga have argued that they were not happy with the project as it threatened their health.
But Mwanamvekha said the mining venture would benefit Malawi’s economy from solely being agro-based as uranium would become the country’s second largest forex earner after tobacco.
“As a country we are concern with how people in Karonga express their concerns towards Paladin Africa Ltd forgetting that the future of the country’s economy depends on the mine investors I am requesting to express your grievances responsibly when dealing with the company for the sake of development,” said Mwanamveka.
Adding that “as a minister of Trade and industry am here today to make sure that there is economic empowerment around the community where the company operates so that both the country and the community is benefiting from the investments that Paladin is making.”
Mwanamvekha said the meeting was successful and agree that Paladin business tenders should be priorities for Karonga people to supply commodities.
Paladin also donated K10 million to help people who are affected with floods in the southern part of the country
In his remark Greg Walker said “this has been a positive meeting ever in Karonga district as such we will make sure that when tenders of various business opportunities are out, people in the district will be able to participate as long as they meet recommended qualifications.”
Chairperson of Karonga Community Development Trust an Maclean Sikum’mbagha said “as business operators in Karonga we are happy that Paladin Africa Ltd has now started recognizing us as such we will make sure that we utilize the chances accordingly.”
People in Karonga have for a long time claimed that the district is not benefiting from Paladin Africa Ltd which do its mining activities in Kayelekera the eastern part of the district hence demanding its closure.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :