Shortage of Human Resource Stalling Decentralization of Ministry of Mines

The Department of Mining says efforts to have the ministry decentralised to some districts where mining is taking place in the country are being hampered by gaps in human resource who can be deployed to man offices at council level.

The was disclosed by  Acting Director for Department of Mines Burnett Msika on Wednesday in reaction to concerns of illegal mining in most districts in the country being allegedly perpetuated by foreigners where government is losing out on the much needed revenue 
 
"We have a strong desire to decentralize our offices to some districts where mining is taking place but for this to happen there is need for a consultative and functional review process in collaboration with the department of human resource development department,
 
"Because we will need officers to man the offices in the districts a thing which can only be done through the department of human resource," said Msika.
 
But a Livingstonia University based Social Commentator Lowani Mtonga says illegal mining can best be curbed if government establishes a company that can act as a link between mining investors, Government and the community where mining is taking place.
 
Mtonga says without such a government owned company dealing in mining the country will continue losing revenue to unscrupulous investors currently extracting minerals in many districts.
 
"For starters government must send its police officers to go out and close all mining ventures which are being done illegally, then it must urgently establish an independent company which must be dealing with mining issues," said Mtonga.
 
Illegal mining is the order of the day in districts like Mzimba, Karonga, Chitipa, Rumphi ,Dowa Kasungu and Mangochi among others
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