M’mbelwa roasts Livingstonia Synod over Kanyika mine

M’mbelwa district council on Monday took a swipe at  CCAP Livingstonia Church and Society for frustrating the mining of niobium at Kanyika mine in Mzimba.

The council”s director of planning and development Humphrey Gondwe told director of the Church and Society Moses Mkandawire to discipline his officers who he said go about the mine area with some foreigners and gather wrong information about the mine and tell those around the mine to protest against it.

Gondwe emptied his chest during an inter face meeting organised by Foundation for Children”s Rigjts for the council and area development committees from Mpherembe and Mtwalo at the synod”s William Koyi women”s guild building.

“An officer from Church and Society was with a white lady baptising people that Kanyika mine is bad. If your boys say the.mine is bad, who will suffer? It is the people around the mine. They have been suffering for long and the mine is part of solution to their poverty. For how many years will we continue suffering? Are we really human beings if we speak like that?

Humphrey Gondwe; Discipline your boys
Humphrey Gondwe; Discipline your boys

“Your boys should be trained well. Give them direction. They should know their job description. The people around the mine will benefit. Your boys speak in the name of human rights and confuse the people. How are we going to work with such people with such impunity? Please, Bwana Mkandawire correct this,” said Gondwe as Mkandawire and the other attendees listened on.

In response Mkandawire said he would convene a meeting between himself and the district council to map way forward on the Kanyika mine.

“As director of Church and Society  I don’t think we are benefiting from these mines. Our concern is that we are behind civilisation and we don’t enjoy profits from these mines. For example, Kayelekela mine, an individual person in the name of Bingu wa Mutharika signed the agreement on behalf of Malawians. So, we are being careful. Already, all the money in this case is going to consolidated account nothing to Mmbelwa district council.”

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