Irate ex-miners in Karonga have disclosed their plan of holding a protest at the office of the South Africa high commission in Lilongwe on 4 July, 2016 to demand their benefit.
Speaking to the media during their preparation day, Secretary for the group Alick Mbukwa said preparations are on underway.
According to him, his group has already informed government about the development.
“This group is the group of people who were working in the mining firms in South African between the years of 1960s to 70s but we never get our benefits such as pension,” said Mbukwa.
He said “despite we submitted working documents as demanded by Malawian government but nothing has come out. On top of that, out of 36, 000 only 9, 400 received their benefits a development which brings suspicion.”
Concurring with Mbukwa, William Pakapondo one of the ex-miners in the district said their protest will be peaceful and asked government not to bar them.
“We have already informed government on 20 June and we believe it is ready to well come us. However, when government will stop us then things will be worse,” said Pakapondo.
He said they are tired with what government is doing and suspect that officials want to steal their cash.
“How can 9, 000 people out of 36, 000 only received their benefit? Where is the money of the remained people?” wondered Pakapondo.
The group then threatened not to bow down to government until they got they get their cash.
Over hundreds ex-miners have joined the group but there’s fear that their counterparts in Chitipa and Ruphi districts may join.