Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has bemoaned information gap between investors and community members on mining activities happening in Karonga District.
This came to light at a round table discussion that CCJP conducted with stakeholders and community members at Karonga Museum on Tuesday.
Speaking in an interview after the discussions, CCJP Desk Officer in the Diocese of Karonga, Louis Nkhata said the meeting revealed lack of preparedness and information from community members.
He said: “a major observation from the discussion is that community members do not have adequate information relating to extractive industries taking place in the district.”
Nkhata has since urged investors to adhere to the law by observing and enforcing community engagement plan.
In a separate interview, Chairperson for Natural Resources Justice Network Cosam Mnthali described the discussion as crucial.
He said: “The meeting is very crucial because it will help to create an environment where investors, affected communities and Civil Society Organisations should be able to deliberate on issues of their expectations particularly on business and human rights because in any mining, rights of individuals are at stake.”
In an interview with General Manager for Lotus Limited, one of the mining companies that was in attendance, Theo Keyter said the meeting has been so encouraging.
“We are very encouraged by the development as we would like to interact with community members so this is another important forum of giving information to the community.” He said.
Keyter further said there is a positive relationship between Lotus and community members.
Justice and Peace Desk in Karonga Diocese organized the round table after noting that communities within mining cites have limited knowledge on annual revenue from mining companies, license details and ESIA reports.
Notable attendees were councilors, Area Development Committee members, CSOs, CAGs, women and other community members.