REPORT on the continuation of court case against 8 Tanzanians detained in Malawi, on 13. and 14. February 2017
Published on Monday, 23 January 2017
Source; from Uranium Network Germany
As we had suspected earlier, the 2 days of continuation of the court proceedings on 13 and 14 February 2017 in Karonga, Malawi, revealed the complete ‘framing’ of the Tanzanian group of 8 environmentalists and farmers visiting Malawi in December 2016 to learn more about uranium mining and its impacts.
Definitely, steps had been taken to set up and lure them into a trap in order to then accuse them of “trespassing”.
Please find attached the report of the defense attorneys’ team.
Category: Malawi Published on Sunday, 22 January 2017
Eight Tanzanian environmental rights activists are headed to court in Mzuzu tomorrow following almost two months in detention. Malawi authorities arrested the human rights defenders in late December during a peaceful educational exchange in the Karonga region.
In Malawi wurden Mitglieder einer Delegation aus dem Nachbarland Tansania verhaftet, die sich über die ökologischen und sozialen Folgen des Uranabbaus informieren wollten. Ihnen wird unter anderem Spionage vorgeworfen. Menschenrechts- und Umweltgruppen fordern ihre Freilassung.
Malawi Police in northern border district of Karonga on Wednesday, 21st of December 2016 arrested 8 Tanzanian nationals for entering the country without traveling documents who were heading to Kayerekera Uranium mine site. Karonga police deputy spokesperson George Mlewa said the arrest comes after a tip-off from some residents. The Karonga deputy police spokesperson said the group will appear before the court soon to answer the charges of criminal trespass which is contrary to section 314 of the penal code but said the case may change according to the evidence gathered through the investigation. But on the 22nd of December Malawian medias reported the eight Tanzanians were arrested while trying to illegally enter a uranium mine in the neighboring country. The Malawian media recently suggested that the eight were spies sent by the Tanzanian government to investigate if the country “is developing nuclear weapons from uranium at Kayerekera mine site in Karonga District”.
On 29th of December two senior security personnel were from Kasumulu Immigration office in the republic of Tanzania. On Wednesday visited Malawi through Karonga district to inquire about the eight arrested Tanzanian nationals at Kayerekera Uranium mine site in Malawi. “They said their aim of the visit was to inquire about the eight arrested Tanzanian nationals at Kayerekera mine site and that to know their agenda” said Shaibu. According to Shaibu, the Officer in Charge (OC) for Songwe border Immigration office Billy Chizimu told his counterparts that the eight Tanzanian nationals were arrested on the charges of criminal trespass and not as spies. Chizimu also told the two senior security personnel to educate their people to follow right procedures when visiting the Kayerekera mine site for safety and security reasons. As the eight suspects are remanded at the Mzuzu prison, there is a hot debate among the Karonga residents as well as Malawians especially on why the group wanted to visit the mine site.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Karonga Diocese in the Catholic Church claims the eight were his visitors but were misled by some people to visit the mine site without his knowledge. Some media locally soon provided information that allegedly Tanzanians 8 are spies of the Government of Tanzania have been arrested in Malawi on charges of entering the uranium mine of Kayerekera prevailing in Malawi illegally. The report was first released to the media of Malawi who argued that they were sent by the Government of Tanzania to investigate whether the Government of Malawi is making nuclear weapons using uranium from the mine.
Following these reports, the Ministry through the Embassy of Tanzania in Malawi monitored to determine the truth of the incident. After the track was found to be true Tanzanians 8 from the CARITAS institution under the Catholic Church Songea in Ruvuma were arrested by security forces in the district of Karonga which borders Kyela District. Tanzanians once they opened the case on suspicion of making a criminal offense of entering the area of the mine without a permit (criminal Trespass).
The Embassy contacted CARITAS Institute of wanting to know the purpose of these people make a visit to Malawi. The Embassy stated that the visit was a training where they want to know about the negative impacts of uranium mining. Tanzanians are currently in Mzuzu Central Prison until their case is stated again on January 4, 2017. The Embassy continues to make contact with the Catholic Church Songea to get more details about the visit of the people for the purpose of submitting the relevant authorities so that they can release suspects. In addition, the Ministry through the Embassy revealed that CARITAS allowed these people to visit Malawi without getting approval from the relevant authorities and would notify the Office of the Embassy of the visit.
In addition, the course of the visit to Malawi was not ripe to be servants of the Government of Malawi are at an annual vacation starting on 22 December to 3 January 2017. This is hampering efforts to pursue those people as well and stuck to requests approval to visit men on 28 December 2016. Ministry calls once again for religious institutions, educational institutions and individuals to apply for permits and follow the laws of other countries are doing fieldwork or visit others including contact offices Embassies directed to be informed of the procedures that should be followed before making visits to avoid disruption relevant thereto.
The ministry, through the Embassy of Tanzania in Malawi continue efforts to ensure that it struggles for attention with quick solutions.
- Government Communications Unit,
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the South East
- Dar es Salaam, 29 December 2016.
For the moment situation of these Tanzania 8 arrest have become a political issue Malawi now a making as a leverage point or bargaining tool for the Tanzania_and Malawi because of the issue of Northern said on lake nyansa (lake Malawi as in Malawi known).
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More and more uranium – the fuel for nuclear power plants – comes from Africa. In Europe, uranium mining is made very difficult, mainly due to legislation. Also countries as Canada and Australia face an increasing pressure to comply with stricter environmental and social standards. That is understandable as uranium mining is an environmentally highly hazardous activity and can lead to social injustice. African countries as Niger and South Africa already deliver uranium to the world market. Cameroon, Mali, Tanzania and other countries are now facing the menace of uranium mining.
The disasters of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power stations are forever in the collective memory of human kind. But where does the nuclear fuel chain actually start? And which impact does it have on countries in Africa and on other continents? Exploration and exploitation of uranium is the starting point of the nuclear fuel chain. Uranium mining has a tremendous impact on environment and society in the respective regions. But do we actually know where the respectively extracted uranium has its origin and which players are involved in the whole nuclear fuel chain? Who has and who takes responsibility in e.g. Europe? Is there actually transparency in the supply chain?
These and other questions are addressed in the project Enhancing transparency in the uranium chain and supporting responsible practices; uranium mining: a comparison of producing and near-producing countries. This project is a joint effort to address critical issues around uranium mining and its impact. Legislation concerning uranium mining in western countries is getting stricter and stricter. At the same time uranium mining exploration licenses in many developing economies are rapidly increasing whilst objective information provision on this type of mining and governance implications are strongly lagging behind. URENCO, the uranium enrichment company, enriches fresh uranium for at least 170 nuclear power stations (Nucleair Nederland, 2014). Fresh uranium comes from at least Niger, Namibia, and in the future potentially from Malawi, Mali, Cameroon and Tanzania. Full transparency over the whole fuel chain would make it possible to influence both end users (in this case Europe) and producers (in this case African countries) to take responsibility. This responsibility refers to environmental governance and security as well as civil society issues that are tied to nuclear energy and uranium mining, workers’ rights, empowering civil society organizations (CSOs) in the participating countries in Africa, democracy, health and fair prices.
This report forms an important part of the aforementioned project. It combines the Case Studies of each of the African project partner countries. Each African project partner from Cameroon, Mali and Tanzania prepared a Case Study on the situation in the respective country. This report combines all three Case Studies presenting the situation of some of the African countries facing potential uranium mining from different perspectives and yet very similar. The project aims to enhance the capacity building and cooperative learning of the involved project partner organizations, to stimulate the interaction between the project partners as well as raising awareness for more transparency in the fuel chain and demanding the corresponding stakeholders to take responsibility.
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Conference against Uranium mining in Tanzania: Field trip to Bahi
by Gudrun Conrad (German Version)
September 30th, 2013. Most participants have arrived at Dar Es Salaam. Among the international attendees are board members of IPPNW Germany and Netherlands, the Rosa-Luxemburg- Foundation Tanzania, Falea 21-movement France and the NGO Robin Wood Germany. Experts from Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and USA have arrived, and one activist from Mongolia. But also people from Africa are among the guests, people whose lives are already affected by Uranium Mining. They hail from the Tschad, from Mali (Falea) from Niger (Arlit) and south africa – all here to share their knowledge and experience on the matter.
Dodoma In the early morning of October 1st, we make for Dodoma. The inland flight takes us to the region by 1.5 hours. CESOPEs Anthony Lyamunda welcomes the guests and passes out T-Shirts. The slogan: “Bahi without uranium we can. Paddy is enough.”
Paddy, that’s the rice here. It is on of the staples in the region, besides fishing and raising cattle (cows, sheep and goats). The rice is cultivated in the Bahi region, where big lake areas form during the wet season.
Bahi and Manjoni In Manjoni, we visit the exploration sites located on the community fields. In the dry season, it is hard to imagine corn and sunflowers growing around here. But the land will change during the wet season – everything will turn green, the ground will turn fertile again.
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Afterwards, we travel to the rice fields of Bahi. Here, farmers have experienced health damage to skin and eyes after planting rice in the water of the flooded Bahi area. This coincided with the Uranium exploration digs which where undertaken in the area. Bahi is very important for local livestock – if there is no rice grown here, the cattle tends to the dry grass. We talk to farmers who live around here. We ask them what they think about the plans to exploit Uranium in the vicinity. They react pretty shy, but after a while an answer comes up: The uranium should stay in the ground. If someone would dig it up, they could not let their cows graze on the fields anymore.
In Bahi village, the representatives of the organisations sign the village book. After a short time, many villagers show up – visitors are not an everyday sight here.
Back to Dodoma to a festive evening. The hosts have put all their hearth in the proceedings: CESOPE and the cities representatives greet the conference participants, two traditional groups and various folk groups of the region perform singing and dancing. A chief and a man from the elders council of the Gogo- (Masengo) tribe speak to the people. Tundu Lissu, lawyer and member of the parliament, translates.
The Chiefs and the people want to honor their guests with all this. At the same time, they want to show how culture and people are rooted to their land here. Chief Masengos states in his speech, that his people is not content to give up the land for the exploitation of mineral deposits. It is of great importance to the people living here to preserve the soil, to keep the land intact.
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