Malawi: Committee Says Most MPs Are Ignorant About Mining Legal guidelines

Chairperson of the Pure Useful resource and Local weather Change Providers Committee of Parliament, Werani Chilenga, has disclosed that majority of the members of Parliament (MPs) should not have any information in regards to the legal guidelines governing mining and the extractive trade.

Chilenga made the remarks on the Nationwide Meeting final Wednesday when Perekezi ASM Consultants introduced findings of the baseline survey the agency performed lately.

The examine established a lot of gaps in coverage and authorized frameworks which can be hindering progress within the mining sector. It additionally famous the absence stringent coverage and authorized framework, which is reportedly fuelling unlawful mining and export of uncooked minerals.

Chilenga agreed with the findings, additional stating that even lawmakers are ignorant in regards to the legal guidelines governing the sector.

He pleaded with the agency to arrange common trainings for the legislators.

“A lot of the MPs are new and they don’t seem to be conversant with mining points and they’re additionally not conversant with the Minerals Act of 2019. Due to this fact, there’s a have to have organizations similar to Perekezi ASM Consultants to continually have interaction and practice them. Now it appears to be like like we want extra interactions with our stakeholder – Perekezi – due to the members have to be oriented on the hotspots the place unlawful mining is going down in Malawi,” he stated.

Perekezi ASM Consultants managing associate Elyvin Nkhonjera Chawinga stated the general objective of the venture is to enhance the oversight function amongst key stakeholders within the mining sector in Malawi.

Chawinga said that legislators, which incorporates civil society leaders, authorities officers, legislature, and media are key in guaranteeing transparency and accountability within the sector.

The agency performed the survey with monetary assist from the American Embassy in Malawi by means of the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund, which is funding a one-year venture on enhancing social accountability (civic engagement) for the belief of fiscal transparency (responsibility bearer’s responsiveness) within the mining Sector in Malawi.

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