This is a shocking and unbelievable news
Greenpeace discovered that Foreign Aid money supposedly to be used for poor people in the third world countries; is actually used to drill for oil in Lake Malawi.
British diplomacy and foreign aid had used to pace the way for UK Oil Company to explore for oil in Lake Malawi. The Tories never stop to find and use a dirty trick.
The UN already warned that a spill could ruin the fragile ecosystem but could the UN not stop it?
Aid supposed to transform people’s lives and lift them out of poverty but not to be used to drill in Lake Malawi which would put people’s livelihood at risk.
The lake supports the livelihood of more than 1.5 million people living around the shore. It is also home of Nile crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and Africa fish eagle.
Rafic Hajat, chair of the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa, a network of organisations across continent, said: “If there was any oil spill on the Lake Malawi it would take 700 years to replenish. Malawi will never benefit from this oil, just look at Nigeria, one of the biggest oil producers in the world, but every day people queuing for their fuel and there are power cuts. This is not a blessing it is a curse.”
It is not Malawi alone. It was discovered that another British oil company Tullow Oil was officially financial supported by the UK government to explore for oil in one of Africa oldest national parks in Uganda, home to an endangered species of giraffe.
British Official excelled themselves even more by lobbying senior Zambian ministers to help oil firm Tullow to win a licence to explore three major national parks.
It is no surprise that the famous Piti Patel , International Development minister, is behind it. She made headlines of one of the highest fiddle of expense claims but as usual amongst Tories; she did not lose her job.
She tries now to link Aid with trade deals. Mind you the City, which handles Aid, did it for a long time.
However, there is a great difference between using taxpayers’ funded aid money used as it supposed to, to improve living standard of the poor in underdeveloped countries and greasing officials in Africa for oil exploration Politicians should have so much respect and principles.