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Sierra Leone News: Health Network calls on Government to suspend activities of London Mining

lonHealth Network, a civil society organization has in collaboration with other civil society organizations on Monday called on government to suspend the mining activities of London Mining Company in the Marampa Chiefdom.
Health Network in a press release read out by the National Director, Robert Kargbo urged government “to investigate” what it referred to as “the alleged unholy alliance” between London Mining Company and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources “based on pecuniary rewards”.
The release also called for “a peaceful negotiation” between the company and land owners of Marampa as it relates to “the estrangement of indigenes in recruitments and the award of contracts to Sierra Leoneans as well as their corporate social responsibility.
The Director maintained that they have spent the last three months investigating the activities of London Mining Company particularly relating to land owners and communities in which the company operates. He therefore called for the people of Marampa and Sierra Leoneans to be given priority when it comes to employment at all levels in a way that reflects the local content policy.
In his statement, the Chairman of the Landowners of Marampa, Mohamed Dollar Kamara recounted that the sufferings landowners are faced giving the mining activity of London Mining Company.
He disclosed that more than five communities in the chiefdom are faced with serious lack of proper drinking, poor and dilapidated roads infrastructure etc. He appealed to government to intervene in the situation to save the people of Marampa from flooding and agricultural inactivity caused by the company’s mining activities in the chiefdom. He said over eight communities in the chiefdom are directly affected by a flooding that has been squarely blamed on London Mining Company.
The Operations Manager of J & E Logistics, Paul Tucker who also doubles as the Publicity Secretary of the Indigenous Transport Owners Association said the government should reinforce the capability of the local transporters as they have the ability to transport the ore.
By Nancy Koroma
Friday November 01, 2013

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