‘Lion’ emerald should benefit Lufwanya people, demands Chansa

‘Lion’ emerald should benefit Lufwanya people, demands Chansa

Movement for Economic Emancipation (MEE) president Given Chansa says local people must benefit from mineral wealth in the country. Chansa, in a statement following the discovery of an emerald crystal at Gemfields Mine in Lufwanyama estimated to be worth £2 million, stated that people in mineral wealth areas have not benefited anything. He stated that it was now time that the Zambian people should have a stake in the local economy.

“People in Lufwanyama should be able to directly benefit from the emerald wealth in the same way that the people in Mansa should directly benefit from the very valuable Manganese being mined there.The Movement for Economic Emancipation (MEE) makes no apology of the fact that it is now about time Zambians were really empowered to take a real stake in the economy of the country,” Chansa stated.

“First President Kenneth Kaunda and United National Independence Party (UNIP) had good intentions with their Mulungushi Reforms of 1968 but their execution left much to be desired.MEE will pursue Mulungushi Reforms Phase II (MRII) with the aim to ensure Zambians acquire stake in businesses across the country and priority given to local people.”

He stated that a lot of emerald carats were produced by Gemfields mines yet people did not benefit.

“Early this month, a 5,655-carat emerald crystal was unearthed at the world’s largest producer of green stones at its Gemfields Mines in Lufwanyama and the locals may not even be aware of this development,” stated Chansa.

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    Musumali Liyunga 2 weeks ago

    All mining natural resource exploitation and even tourist ventures should be designed in a manner that local people are the main beneficiaries and not a lazy central Government in Lusaka.

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    Lubuto Nsofu 2 weeks ago

    I rarely comment on social platforms. However, I am compelled to add a comment on the huge emerald found in Lufwanyama.  If it truly is so.

    I was very sad when I once travelled to New York and saw a Zambian emerald for the first time in a a foreign Museum despite living in Kitwe where there is no place I can visit to see it.
     In this regard, such find in Zambian, should not only benefit the local people but the nation at large. This is by way of institutions such as National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) formally known as the Commission for the Preservation of Natural and Historical Monuments and relics (National Monuments Commission) a national institution entrusted with the conservation of Zambia’s natural and cultural heritage  taking keen interest. It is a private find yes, but with national interest. it is done in the USA, UK, Israel and Egypt to mention just a few. It is an important find.

    The government, through National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) should seriously take interest. They buy it off the one who found it, even by way of getting an loan from UNESCO WORLD heritage and keep it for posterity. The size is rare and may never be found again, under Zambia’s earth. Perhaps, never another emerald of this size and quality. I am always proud of the copper bearing rock and ingots at theLusaka  international airport. they are wasting assets but we must have heritage to look at. 

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    GRACE MUGABE 2 weeks ago

    foolish Zambians I already swapped it with a fake one kikikikiki kushishita bati

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    CHINESE NATIONALS 2 weeks ago

    AHH we will move in and displace all the fuckers there we will just convince them with salaula kakakakakakakka

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    Break News 2 weeks ago

    Lessons from Zimbabwe;
    When diamonds were discovered in the Marange area of Manicaland, the community there thought that they had finally reached their Canaan but alas.
    Since the first diamond stones were officially discovered in 2008 life for the community in Marange turned to hell on earth.
    At the time the rich stones were discovered, government moved in and condoned off the diamond fields. Villagers were forced out of their land in the most brutal manner, worse than what the colonialists would even have done.
    In the two weeks of removing the villagers from the diamond fields under a brutal “operation hakudzokwe” the state using the army killed over 400 people who were resisting the forced evictions or would be found sneaking back into the fields to pick up the alluvial diamond.
    Fast forward to today, ten years on. The Marange community is living far from being independent people. The brutality and killings on the people have continued though government has deliberately tried to block off information on the life of the people of Marange.
    When the villagers were forced off the fields, the government declared much of the area a “no go area” where soldiers, police and some guards have been deployed under an order to shoot to kill anyone found to be illegally within the no go area.
    The difficult part for the Marange community is that some of the villages were rounded up inside the protected area zone automatically turning them into captivity.
    Villagers who are living within the protected area are now forced to have monthly renewable permits that allow them to be found within the area but never to be found anywhere near the diamond fields where government and its Chinese partners are mining.
    The permits are not locally available but have to be sourced from police in Mutare some 125 kilometres away at a transport cost of up to $20.
    Any other person wishing to visit their relative in Marange and Chiyadzwa areas must also first go to Mutare and apply for a short term permit to visit the area.
    Villagers in the area who spoke to ZimEye.com told scary tales of mass brutality in the hands of hundreds of soldiers and police deployed to man the area.
    According to the villagers life in the area is extremely unbearable which has seen some people voluntarily opt to quit their father land and go and start a new life elsewhere away from the eyes of the police and the army.
    “Life in Marange is extremely unbearable,” said one villager. “We lived better under smith regime than under our own black government that has turned us into hopeless ants that they can easily crush with their feet without any fuss,” he said.
    Early this year, the villagers were thoroughly beaten and some were arrested when they decided to demonstrate against the permits and the presence of the army and police in their district.

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