EIT urges Malawi government to disclose mining benefits to the public

For quite a long period of time the habit of hiding things from the public has been known in the mining activities of this country when companies and their workers fail to disclose their works to the public.

On Tuesday an organization from the overseas known as Extractive Initiative Transparency (EIT) held a meeting concerning the effectiveness of revealing mining works and their benefits to the public in Lilongwe.

Speaking at the meeting the deputy director for the organization Mr. Eddie Richie said failing to disclose mining works and their benefits to the public results to corruption which affects the development of the country.

“What we have seen is that there are almost 50 countries which are members of this organization so what is needed is that these countries need to have interest of disclosing their works to the public which helps  in proper management of income because government and companies are doing their works publically ”, explained Richie.

Meanwhile the mining expert Grain Malunga says government need to establish easy communication acts which will help Malawians to access information easily saying that without doing so Malawi will not qualify to be a member of the organization.

“Government said on its own that it will join the Open Government Partnership organization which enables citizens to query on business issues and they haven’t joined so we need to pressurize it so that there should be clear monitoring of the mining benefits”, said Malunga.

Most times in Malawi miners workers do not come on public and disclose owners of mining companies and people who are benefiting from the mining industry a thing which is pulling down the development of this country.

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