BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Kalumbila
LUMWANA Mining Company (LMC) has handed over five water kiosks constructed at a cost of K1.4 million to various communities in Lumwana East area in Kalumbila district.
LMC senior corporate affairs manager Nathan Chishimba said the mine is committed to collaborate with host communities and Government, to promote social and economic development.
In a speech read for him by LMC environmental manager Paul Mashikini, Mr Chishimba said the water kiosks will service over 1,500 residents in the beneficiary communities and help improve the well-being of children and women in the areas.
“These water kiosks are located at Kawayawaya market, Luka Samuhanga, Christian Community Church, Pentecostal Assemblies and Kashimoto village,” he said.
Mr Chishimba said the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy is in tune with mining regulations, adding that LMC believes in sharing benefits with host communities.
“Barrick Lumwana, in partnerhip with Government and other partners, is determined to mitigate the impact of population influx, and capitalise on opportunities, to enhance sustainable socio-economic development in our new district of Kalumbila,” he said.
Mr Chishimba said the water kiosks will also contribute towards the attainment of sustainable development goal number six on clean water and sanitation.
He urged the communities to guard the facilities jealously, and desist from vandalising the water infrastructure.
And Kalumbila district commissioner Robinson Kalota said Government is fully committed to uphold and further advance the long-term stable and mutual beneficial relations with the mine.
Mr Kalota said Government is committed to improving the lives of communities by implementing water sanitation and hygiene interventions aimed at improving access to safe and clean water supply to its people.
“In this quest, Government therefore welcomes Lumwana Mining Company’s donation of the water kiosks which will ensure the lives of children, mothers and the entire community are improved,” he said in a speech read for him by district administrative officer Chipawa Chipawa.
Mr Kalota said the assistance is a reflection of the company’s goodwill and friendship to Government and the people of Kalumbila.
And speaking when delivering a vote of thanks, Senior Chief Mukumbi, who spoke through his representative, headman Mukhozhi, thanked the mine for the gesture.
The traditional leader said the royal establishment will continue to work closely with the mine and Government to improve the living standards of people in his chiefdom.