Written by PIUS NYONDO
MZUZU--Karonga-based businessman Wavisanga Silungwe has resumed plans to protest against Paladin Africa Limited (PAL) insisting the Australian miner isn't honest with its dealings on the Kayerekela Mine.
Silungwe, who claims to be the chairperson of the Karonga Business Community, was part of the organisers of the November 14, 2012 protest against PAL led by the Karonga Youth for Justice and Development (KYJD) which was halted at the eleventh hour.
"As Karonga Business Community, we reckon that our government made mistakes in the way it handled the mining licence to PAL. Our government gave a lot of concessions and funny conditions and it's high time our government took up the courage to renegotiate the deal for the benefit of all Malawians.
"We support the courage taken of late by President of PETRA Kamuzu Chibambo and other parliamentarians like Hon. Nawena [as regards the Kayerekela Mine]," reads his statement in part threatening demonstrations if PAL doesn't respond.
Chibambo recently called on government of Malawi to consider renegotiating the Kayerekela Mine deal with PAL saying Malawians were getting a raw deal.
But in his response PAL General Manager for International Affairs said he had nothing to say in respect to Silungwe's latest utterances.
"[Wavisanga Silungwe] has been disowned by the organizations with whom he was previously associated in Karonga; is not accepted by the Karonga business community as speaking on its behalf and has been rebuked by the Paramount Chief for presuming to speak on behalf of the broader community without a mandate. Under the circumstances, I do not believe Mr. Silungwe’s latest statement warrants comment," Walker told MaraPost.
Late last year, Paramount Chief Kyungu rebuked Silungwe's claims that the chief supported the planned demonstration.
"I'm not backing Silungwe and I'm not part of his useless ambitions. I'm the one who's supposed to speak on behalf of the people of Karonga and not him," Kyungu told MaraPost at the time.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013