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1 Nov 2013

Thokozani Chenjezi, BNL Times (Malawi)

CCJP calls for uranium mining water impact assessment [Malawi]

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Karonga Diocese has asked government to institute an impact assessment of uranium mining activities at Kayelekera...on the quality of water in the district. Diocesan Justice and Peace Desk Officer...Mwawi Shaba said “that lack of knowledge on the current state of water since the uranium mining activities started in the district in 2006 has raised health fears among people of Karonga. He was speaking during the CCJP’s meeting with chiefs and Area Development Committee (ADC) members...to assess the district’s level of benefit from corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of mining companies in the district. “Some months ago fish started dying mysteriously in Lake Malawi here in Karonga and people started connecting this to uranium mining. People are blank on whether uranium mining activities have affected quality of water and that has raised feelings of health insecurity,” said Shaba