18 CSO’s challenges govt on Chisora dam

18 Civil Society Organisations has challenged government to explain how it decided to disregard the environmental protection order and give a go ahead to Kalumbila mine to continue with the construction of the Chisora dam.

Action Aid International Country Director, Pamela Chisanga its unaceptable that government has to disregard a proffesional advice and decides to give the mine permission to go ahead with the construction.

Chisanga said it is also acts of deterior of the impact of a sovereign nation by people given the responsibility to govern.

she said it appear that goverment does not understand the mines and is negotiating from a point of weakness.

Chisanga said it also appears that goverment is also begging for the companies to ransack the resources.

She adds that is compromised and can not effectively negotiate the mining companies.
Chisanga was speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka on Saturday July 27, 2013.
She also revealed that the company has promised to compensate K2,700 to the displaced families.

And Timber Producers Association of Zambia Vice President charles Musange has observed that the Minister of Land Wilbur Simusa is not qualified to hold the office.
He said President Michael Sata must replace Simusa with another capable person to run the ministry.