Parliamentary committee tells  Malawi govt to suspend mining activities over rampant corruption

Parliament’s committee on Natural Resources has told government to suspend mining activities in the country until all corruption allegations in the industry are thoroughly investigated.

Committee chairperson Werani Chilenga: The ministry of mining has failed Malawians, illegal mining is all over

The committee members made the recommendation on Thursday after meeting different stakeholders including Illomba, Lotus mining company, Civil Society Organizations, mining ministry and department of parks and wildlife.

The committee’s chairperson Welani Chilenga said the government should first investigate corruption in the mining sector and bring to book officials involved.

He said it is sad that Malawi is failing to benefit from the mining industry despite the industry being rich in resources.

“The ministry of mining has failed Malawians, illegal mining is all over and sadly only foreign nationals are benefiting, until they put their house in order then they can resume mining activities,” said Chilenga.

The committee has further recommended to government not to renew Illomba mining license as current operator has failed to fulfil agreement made with the community and is failing to submit audit reports.

Chairperson of the Natural Resources Justice Network Kossam Munthali has backed the commitee’s recommendation saying it is time for the mining sector to be sanitized.

But Joseph Mkandawire, Principal Secretary in the ministry of mining  feels suspending all mining activities as proposed by the chairperson is not the best solution.

He said the ministry is currently working on bringing small scale miners into cooperatives to work efficiently and in line with the law.

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#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
8 months ago

This is utter foolishness. Why suspend all mining as if it is a state of emergency. Why not investigate the mentioned incidences.

Benjones87
Benjones87
8 months ago

If the figures mentioned being lost per day. Government should immediately suspend and consatrate. The money lost is covering the whole budget.

mussa lambat
mussa lambat
8 months ago

the man is ludicrous. economic sectors poultry tobbaco beverages etc can grind to a halt. even his figures r just a figment of his warped immagination. put people in coops so u formalize them and grow the industry. hon gaffar is on right path. mechanise them so they grow the economy.

Josephine chphwanya
Josephine chphwanya
8 months ago

Counterproductive to suspend all mining activities for the sake of investigating the said corruption. Why not investigate those particular incidences. We are supposed to be creating employment and wealth creation not frustrating innocent law abiding citizens coz of few corrupt fellas. DO NOT SUSPEND MINING ACTIVITIES..

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
8 months ago

Have you listened to the audio clips circulating. When you do, you’ll change your statement

Rise and Fall of a Thieving Preacher

Welani Chilenga what are they mining? Gold? Copper? Cobalt? Uranium?

You look like Kenneth Kaunda.

Khekhi
Khekhi
8 months ago

Agreed! Though too late but we can start from somewhere

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