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17 Sep 2013

Nyasa Times (Malawi)

Paladin’s Kayelekera Mine’s sacked Malawian employee dies

A former employee for Paladin (Africa) Limited...who was sacked while on sickbed at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital after getting injured while on duty, has died...Francis Mkonda died last week Wednesday, September 11, at Mzuzu Central Hospital after failing to win the battle against cancer...Paladin fired Mkonda...after his injury while still on sickbed...The deceased collapsed while working at Kayerekera Mine as Processor Operator on 17th January. He was fired on 24th January 2013 while still in hospital where he was admitted after he developed swollen legs as a result of Uranium radiation...And his problem is said to have started because he had been working at the mine’s setting point– where uranium ore is sent through tanks of acid and peroxide to separate it from the other chemicals– in the processing plant...Radiation Safety experts say uranium radiation has potential to cause cancers...[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Paladin Energy to respond – see linked item for its response]