Karonga residents led by traditional and religious leaders as well as the clergy have given a go-ahead to United Arab Emirates-based Hamra Oil Holdings Limited to explore for oil on Lake Malawi.
The development comes at a time when the country’s potential in minerals continues to inspire locals and the international community.
Currently, it is sensitising communities to the exercise to clear fears and myths surrounding the project.
However, the community feels the outcome of the exploration exercise may result in creation of employment, business opportunities and general development of the district, hence welcoming the initiative.
“If the company’s exploration results would indicate that there is oil on our lake and Hamra is granted mining licence to drill, the development may be a relief to the community because most of the people will access employment and business opportunities with the company, which would result in development of the district,” said Wavisanga Silungwe, during one of the locals’ consultation meetings.