Dominic Nyasulu, Program Manager for NYNCC said the legal framework pertaining to the same in Malawi leaves a lot to be desired as there is a long way to go to fill the gaps, especially in terms of community participation.
"If you look at the current set up community members and the youths are not involved in the issues to do with extractives and that is one of the key issues we identified apart from lack of transparency and accountability on the matter," said Nyasulu.
He however casted hope that the current legal framework and the mining Bill will soon be passed in Parliament for the common interest of Malawians so that they are able to benefit from mining activities.
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) describes the mining Act of 1981 and the petroleum Act which is dated back to 1983 as very archaic and outdated.
Nkhata therefore pleaded with government and other stakeholders to involve the youth when transacting issues to do with mining because the highest part of the country's population compromises them.
Karonga is one of the districts in the northern region that are graced with minerals that attract foreign investors.
But community members benefit little or nothing from the investments made usually due to the fact that investors fail to fulfill their social corporate responsibility.
The NYNCC is implementing this project through World Faith with funding from Green Grants.