Communities in Karonga district have challenged government to break the silence and give an explanation on the state of affairs surrounding the proposed Kanyika Mine in Mzimba.
Programs officer at the Church and Society of the Livingstonia Synod Paul Mvula observed that government’s silence on the issue is the reason that has compelled the community to employ a lawyer.
“People are living in a fifty-fifty state – they are not sure whether mining activity will commence or not,” said Mvula.
Currently community members have decided to employ a lawyer to take government to task on the matter.
However, Mvula said all what communities want is for the government to compensate them for the lost years as people in the area have lost property and homes.
He said members of the communities surrounding the Kanyika mine site stopped participating in community development projects because authorities told them to.