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Kalumbila gets clinic, school ultimatum

KAFWAYA

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT has issued a 90-day ultimatum to Kalumbila Minerals Limited to begin building a clinic, two additional classrooms and improve water reticulation where the mine has resettled over 600 households.
North-Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya said Government is concerned that the area has no health facility and has only three classrooms that cater for about 400 pupils at the newly-constructed Kalumbila Primary School.
Speaking when he addressed the resettled families yesterday, Mr Kafwaya said Government is concerned about the plight of the people.
Mr Kafwaya also said Government will allocate four hectares of farmland to each household in addition to the plots they currently occupy so that they can start cultivating crops.
“I am directing relevant government institutions to make sure that these farm plots are demarcated by May 18 2015 and given to the people by June for them to start cultivating,” he said.
Mr Kafwaya is also disappointed with the standard of houses the mine has built for the people.
“Government’s policy is that when people are displaced, their lives are supposed to be improved,” he said.
And speaking on behalf of the affected families, Chris Leyo appealed to the government to urge the mine to stop outsourcing labour but to engage people in the locality.
Mr Leyo also bemoaned the poor state of roads in the resettlement area and appealed to the mine to rehabilitate them.
Earlier, Mr Kafwaya toured Lumwana Mine to check on the company’s operations.
The minister was happy that after discussions on the mineral royalty tax, the matter has been resolved.
Mr Kafwaya said the revision of the mineral royalty tax regime will encourage investors to continue operating in Zambia.
And Lumwana General manager Bill McNevin expressed satisfaction with discussions on the new tax regime.




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