Hope for blocking phosphate mining

Date: May 17, 2018

Source: The Namibian
Author: Shinovene Immanuel

The lawyer representing the fishing organisations that are suing to stop seabed phosphate mining said he is optimistic that they will win their court case.

Lawyer Sisa Namandje made these remarks to The Namibian yesterday when asked about his reaction to a recent court judgement which concluded that the decision by the environment minister to set aside an environmental clearance certificate issued in 2016 to Namibia Marine Phosphate was illegal.

That court decision was a victory for Namibia Marine Phosphate, a company 85% owned by Omani billionaire Mohammed Al Barwani through his company Mawarid Mining LLC, while 15% is owned by businessman Knowledge Katti through his Havana Investments.

Namandje who is leading the other court case against phosphate mining said the pro-phosphate group is celebrating too soon.

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