Opposition UPND Monze Constituency Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu has charged that the Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa misled parliament that mining activities at the slug dump in Kitwe popularly known as the black mountain were safe.
And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has expressed deep sadness following the death of over 20 ‘miners.’ Scores have been injured while many are still missing and feared dead.
Hon Mwiimbu raised a point of order in parliament today against the Minister of Mines and charged that the minister had misled the house that safety measures had been put in place.
He claimed that the today’s accident at the slug dump was the second most tragic disaster in the country’s’ mining history since 1971.
‘We were assured that operations at the black mountain were not a disaster in making and that all measures and safety measures had been made but today we have received tragic news,’ Mwiimbu said.
Making a ruling on the point of order, Speaker Patrick Matibini said he had already received a notice from the Minister of Mines and that a ministerial statement would be rendered soon.
And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has expressed deep sadness following the death of over 20 ‘miners’ at the slug dump in Kitwe.
‘This is a major tragedy and we as a nation should come together to grieve the loss of young lives who were trying to earn a living,’ Hichilema said.
He said he hoped that once mourning for the dead is over and the injured are assisted, the nation can introspect on how such a foreseeable disaster was allowed to happen.