Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali has questioned the logic behind government’s decision to overrule the Zambia Environmental Management Agency over the establishment of a mine in Lower Zambezi National Park.
Mr Tayali wonders where the logic is when it is said the lifespan of the mine if established will be 25 years.
Mr. Tayali notes that on the other hand if the country maintains the national park, the life span is longer than that of a mine.
He says the country should instead invest in the national park, create jobs for the local people and generate revenue in the long term.
Mr. Tayali states that those that have agreed for the mine to be set up in the lower Zambezi national park do not care about the country.
The Lusaka High Court has granted the Lusaka-based Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) an injunction halting mining prospects in the Lower Zambezi National Park.