KARONGA--The pressure Paramount Chief Kyungu - the most senior traditional leader in the districts of Chitipa and Karonga - is exerting on the Kayelekera Uranium Mine has reportedly earned him threats from some officials at the mining company, MaraPost has been told.
The revelation came during a meeting that was held by a number of non-governmental organisations where they also agreed to stage a demonstration against Paladin on November, 14, 2012.
"These people [Paladin] have no respect for the people of Karonga. They discredit our leaders and threatened Paramount Chief Kyungu over Kayerekera Uranium Mine. The problem is that they don't want to hear from us. They want to impose whatever they think on us. This is not healthy," said Stevenson Simusokwe, Secretary General for Karonga Youth for Justice and Development.
MaraPost was unable to hear from the Paramount Chief. We were told that he was out of the country.
Paladin is under pressure from the people of Karonga who allege that they aren't benefiting from Kayelekera Uranium Mine as they were told when the mine was just being inaugurated in 2004.
Among other things, the people of Karonga claim that they were promised high standard roads in the district, free and safe water, offers of business opportunities to the locals and a referral hospital, promises which they say haven't been fulfilled.
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