State urged to re-look at mining development ‘accord’

By KATONGO CHISUPA
A CLERGYMAN in Solwezi has appealed to Government to seriously look at the development agreements of First Quantum Minerals (FQM) as the mining giant begins to develop the Trident mine at Kalumbila, west of Solwezi town.
Reverend Tom Mushinge said there should be no repeat of the past mistakes which were done by the former government where no corporate social responsibilities (CSR) programmes were included in the development of Kansanshi mine.
“I strongly feel that government needs to know through the Ministries of Mine, Commerce, Trade and Industry, and Lands what CSR has been put in place by the investor,” Rev. Mushinge said in a statement to the Mail. He observed that the CSR programmes should be people-driven in the community where these mines are located.
Rev. Mushinge urged Government to work with FQM in planning the Kalumbila area by properly demarcating where the shops, hospitals and other infrastructures will be, with proper road plans and drainages.
“There must be a general development project plan for Kalumbila area, so that in the event it is given district status it will be easy to develop it into a modern town with beautiful structures,” he added.
FQM, which owns 80 percent of the Kansanshi Copper and Gold Mine, is poised to start the construction of a multi-billion dollar Trident mine and create thousands of jobs for Zambians.

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