Poverty amid mineral resources a contradiction – Kabemba

SOUTHERN African Resource Watch director Dr Claud Kabemba says the poverty situation in Zambia amid rich mineral resources is a serious contradiction that must be addressed without further hesitation.

Speaking at the launch of the Milyashi Community Resource Watch at the Copperbelt Trade and Development Forum (CTDF) in Mpatamatu Township in Luanshya on Saturday, Dr Kabemba said it was sad that many people in the country lived in abject poverty with very little access to water and energy.

Dr Kabemba said the quality of infrastructure for health, education and others does not correspond to the resources the country was endowed with.

“The paradox of the abundance of the resources you have under your fit and the poverty within which most of us here are living in is a contradiction.