MUGAVA Investment and Solomon Mining Limited have denied any ties with World Link Resources Limited.
Work Link Resources Limited, a mining company from Hong Kong in China, has been awarded a controversial mining lease on March 2015 to mine bauxite on a registered land purportedly owned by Eric Tema.
The mining licence was awarded by former Mines minister, Samson Maneka without the Mines and Mineral board’s recommendation.
Mugava Investment spokesman, Jessie Kaipua said the initial joint-venture was not with World Link Resources as stated, this is separate from Solomon Mining Limited.
“We did have a joint venture but not with World Link Resources Ltd, but with Solomon Mining Limited,” Mr Kaipua said.
He said their joint-venture with Solomon Mining Ltd was to form Rennell Development Limited, which applied for prospecting licence for bauxite on Rennell.
“We are yet to get any prospecting licence or a mining licence but still following the application process, thus we are a genuine business entity,” Mr Kaipua added.
Manager Solomon Mining Ltd, Ellis Leesaid the issue with World Link Resources Ltd and Solomon Mining is a separate one.
“We were invited into the country together as World Link Resources Ltd however we had our own differences and so we split up,” Mr Lee said.
“We formed the Solomon Mining, which now goes into joint-venture with Mugava investment, so we no longer have ties with World Link Resources Ltd,” he explained.
He said in 2013 Solomon Mining Ltd was invited by landowners and so they gathered information with proposal to form Mugava, whether they are landowners to any bauxite deposit or not.
“We have a dream to develop Rennell become a world class comfort paradise. That can be achieved by working together with the landowners and develop our aspirations to make a better place for the people.
“Thus the joint-venture is perfect and we will be grateful to make the same with any interested landowners who think they have the commercial viable minerals.”
By BRADFORD THEONOMI