Citizens Rebuff Spring Stone’s Plea to Vacate Injunction against Rare Earth Exploration on Mulanje Mountain

Bon Kalindo: Spring Stone has Failed To Convince Us

Bon Kalindo: Spring Stone has Failed To Convince Us

Leaders of Mulanje Concerned Citizens have turned down a plea from Spring Stone Mining Limited for them to vacate a permanent injunction which is restraining the company from continuing with its rare earth exploration on Mulanje Mountain.

Spring Stone Limited, which is carrying out exploration activities in Malawi’s Mulanje Mountain, was handed a permanent court injunction by the High Court in Blantyre to cease activities in January of this year.

The citizen’s spokesperson Bon Kalindo disclosed, on Tuesday, that a team from the company’s base in Japan landed into the country to convince them to vacate the injunction, a plea which he said, they turned down.

“Yes, I can confirm that a team from Spring Stone’s base, Japan, accompanied by Mining Minister Ibrahim Matola, tried to convince us to vacate the injunction, but we refused and asked them to give us more time to consult the owners of the case, the local citizens in Mulanje, who will be at the receiving end of environmental degradation that will follow this mining exercise,” said Kalindo.

Spring Stone, a joint venture of the Canadian Gold Canyon Resources and Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), was in its second drilling phase of the rare earth exploration project, when the disputes with the local community erupted.

The Communities demanded the stoppage of the activities arguing they are robbed of the mountain’s nature.
Among other issues the people are not comfortable with the depth at which they (Spring Stone) are digging in their explorations on the mountain.

The injunction was also extended to Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) which was ordered to stop their activities on the mountain and leave the area or risk being driven out by force.

Majestic Mulanje Mountain Massif: From Tourism Hut, To A Battle Field

Majestic Mulanje Mountain Massif: From Tourism Hut, To A Battle Field

The group, comprising over a hundred village and group village headmen from Traditional Authority, Mkanda’s area in the district, accused Spring Stone and MMCT of destroying ‘the once beautiful’ natural resource (Mulanje Mountain) which they said had for many years attracted tourists and helped to uplift the livelihood of citizens in Mulanje.
Field manager of Spring Stone Limited Lio Kojima was not available for comment went we went to the press.

The Malawi government through the ministry of energy and mines awarded Spring Stone a licence to carry out explorations for bauxite and rear earth on Chambe base on Mulanje Mountain.

10 Responses to "Citizens Rebuff Spring Stone’s Plea to Vacate Injunction against Rare Earth Exploration on Mulanje Mountain"

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  2. janny  March 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Ya! Nzungu wambaula.Mulanje pipo.

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  3. mery  March 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Why should foreigners cheat us ?We should nt let our country lose grory coz of some greedy people.Bravo CONCERNED CITIZENS next should be that Nzungu who cheat people kuti amapanga mbaula koma komasewera ndi tiatsika TATING’ONO TING’ONO.Authorities just look at this.Concerned citizen take up this issue.Akuononga tsogolo la atsikana mkulu ameneyu.Check it out DCs line

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  4. Satheka  March 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Please no mining on mulanje dare it you will see.go to your country

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  5. Tinkanena  March 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Why should Matola encourage this thugs from Canada and Japan to come and enchroach Mulanje mountain? Let him take them to Lake Malawi in mangochi and rig oil. Leave Mulanje Mountain alone. I don’t think it is the duty of the Minister to escort miners. It is also not his duty to betray fellow Malawians to withdraw a court injunction just because he has been given a khaki envelope. Lets think about our country first, destruction by scrupolous miners later

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  6. Patrick  March 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Well done. Mining interests always come before social and environmental considerations, and local companies and people rarely benefit from ventures such as this. Cast a careful eye over how Paladin are behaving – where is the benefit to the locals or to Malawi as a whole?

    Resist multi-national companies – they promise all but deliver nothing. Stand strong.

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  7. Nastima ku Malawi  March 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    azungu akaononga Muanje anymuka kupita kwao akuseka alibe nazo nchito ata pang’ono! Osawalola kuitonongela zinthu tikuona ai! well done abale anga akuMulanje. Ine sakuMulanje koma ndidakhalko ndipo Phiri is most beautiful faeture of that place. osawalola ai!

    Ango siya dzimyenje dzoti sidzingatipatsenso tourism ata pang’ono!

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  9. Hellicopter  March 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Ngat kuli boma lokoma ndiye Mulanje, but this is all because of the impact of the mountain. Zopanga mininingzo ndiye zachambazo. Ndakhalako ine ku Mulanje nkwabwino heavy moti sindimafuna kuchokako koma sindikanachitira mwina chifukwa cha ntchito. Koma any way ndikangopeza nkazi konko. Winicco musalole azungu akutipusisa angobwera kuzangotikawa ife tizilira.
    Learn from Kayerekera guys.

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    • mulanje  March 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      ife ana akumulanje timanyadira phiri lathu. Madzi akamaseseleka kuchokera mphiri ife mtima zii. Alomwe takana asa!! Mtsinje wao Ruo ufepo tizikasamba kwani.si mwikho umenewu

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