More than 700 farmers in Chingola’s Chabanyama area have had their farms buried by the waste rock from Chingola open pit cop F of the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and are now demanding compensation of K100million each from the giant mining company.
But, KCM Corporate Relations Manager Joy Sata could not respond to the press query which she asked from the Reporter who wanted to get the position of the mining company regarding the compensation of the farmers.
Chairman of the Chabanyama Farmers Musonda Mutale said more than 700 farmers had their farms buried by the mining operations of the KCM when waste rock from Chingola open pit cop F was thrown on their farms near Chabanyama stream.
Mr Mutale said the throwing of the waste rock on the farms for the 700 farmers in Chabanyama area had thrown the farmers into serious hunger and poverty and so it was imperative that the giant mining company compensated them.
He said the farmers were demanding that they should be given K100million each for the damage caused to their farmers by KCM which threw waste rock on their farms.
“These farms were the source of income for most of us because we used to grow sugar cane, vegetables, maize and other crops which we used to sell and earn some income, but this KCM buried our farms through its mining activities which was throwing waste rock on our farms.
“More than 700 farmers have had their crops buried by the waste rock from Chingola open pit cop F of the KCM and are now demanding compensation of K100million each from the giant mining company,” Mr Mutale said.
But, KCM Corporate Relations Manager Joy Sata could not respond to a press query despite asking the Reporter to send her a press query.