The more than 100 NGOs fall under the Zambia Community Natural Resources Management Forum (ZCBNRM).ZCBNRM chairperson Vincent Ziba told the Watchdog in a statement that the approval of the proposed Kangaluwi Large Scale Copper Mining Project of Mwembeshi Resources Limited in the Lower Zambezi National Park by Lands Minister Harry Kalaba is a national tragedy.
Ziba explained that on 5th September 2012, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) rejected the proposed large scale mining activities in Lower Zambezi National Park based on solid technical grounds.
He said the previous minister did not approve this EIS because he wanted to subject the matter to Cabinet for further guidance.
‘As Civil Society Organisations we are re-engaging Government using all available avenues as provided by the Laws of Zambia to find a sustainable solution to this issue; he said.
Ziba said ‘we are calling upon well meaning Zambians to rally behind this noble cause as the EIS did not even meet required local and international standards.’
In another development, Lands Minister Harry Kalaba, has in the past few weeks transformed his hitherto struggling newspaper ‘New Vision Newspapers’ from a weekly tabloid to a daily newspaper.
He has acquired vehicles and printing machines for the newspaper in the past few weeks.
All this has happened in the same period he has been meeting the Canadian miners at his office to discuss the opening of the mine in the game park.