A Chinese business has been granted permission to resume exporting lithium by Namibia, despite the fact that Namibia is still conducting an inquiry into allegations of improper conduct.
During the month of October, the mining authorities in Namibia informed Xinfeng Investments that it was unable to export lithium ore while the country’s anti-corruption commission conducted its investigation.
People are upset with the company because it bought a mining licence from a man who obtained it illegally while the true owner was receiving medical care for a brain injury.
This occurred while the real owner was in the hospital receiving treatment.
The Namibian mining ministry decided against revoking the licence after reconsidering the situation.
According to the officer in charge of public relations for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, who spoke with VOA, the most recent decision had to be made because a Xinfeng ship was already on its way to Walvis Bay, which is Namibia’s port city, when the licence to export was revoked.
“The corporation will be allowed to transport crushed ore to Walvis Bay to export 55,000 tonnes as per the contractual agreement for the industrial testing,” the officer explained, so that they can decide whether or not to install a processing unit at the mine. This will enable them to determine whether or not to install a processing unit at the mine.
In the production of electric batteries and other products falling into this category, lithium is a component that is frequently utilised.
A spokesperson for the Anti-Corruption Commission named Josefina Nghituwamata told VOA that the ACC was investigating allegations of bribery and corruption against several workers of the Ministry of Mines and Energy but that she was unable to disclose the identities of those people.
It has been determined that inquiries into this topic have gotten off the ground already.
And Nghituwamata stated, “The ACC is unable to identify any businesses or people of interest at this time.” As things stand, the investigation is mostly predicated on the complaint that was filed.
It is alleged in the complaint that a Namibian company known as Orange River Mining asked permission to mine on the land of a man who was recently injured in a car accident and is currently being treated in a hospital.
Permission was granted to the company.The rights to the land were subsequently given to Peter Shifwaku, the owner of Orange River, and it is alleged that he sold them to Xinfeng Investments for $3 million.
The current minister of mines and energy as well as the former mine commissioner have both been accused of accepting payments in order to facilitate the transfer of the licence.
Ralph Muyamba is one of the accused. He is Shifwaku’s cousin, and he used to work as a technical adviser for the minister of mines and energy.
Muyamba stated to VOA that his relative did, in fact, make a lot of money thanks to a mining licence given to him by the ministry. Muyamba is one of the accused.
Muyamba, on the other hand, stated that he did not have any input into the matter because he is not a member of the committee that makes recommendations to the minister regarding the distribution of mining rights and licenses. He stated that this prevented him from having any influence over the situation.
That is to say, “The man applied, it went to the committee, the committee evaluated and recommended granting, which went to the minister for approval, so the decision to grant the rights came from the committee,” says Muyamba.
“To be clear, I am not part of this group in any way.” How could I get seven people to agree with me? It was my cousin, which was a shame. How could I get seven people to agree with me? It was my cousin, which was a shame. How could I get
The removal of Erasmus Shivolo as mining commissioner and the unexpected departure of Muyamba last month were both the direct results of an inquiry into fraudulent Chinese lithium licencing applications.
About eight percent of Namibia’s gross domestic product and revenues in foreign currency are contributed by the mining industry.