Kalulushi Mayor Howard Simpemba has urged mining investors operating in the district to secure their mining premises in order to avoid encroachment.
ZANIS in Kalulushi reports that Councillor Simpemba said this in Kalulushi today when he met NFCA Mining on the issue of compensation to farmers in Chambishi.
Councillor Simpemba said there was need for the mines to fence their premises so that issues of compensation would become a thing of the past in Chambishi.
He said investors should follow what was in the mining regulations.
“Where you have the surface and mining rights that’s not negotiable you just need to implement,” Said Mr. Simpemba.
He however, urged stakeholders in the area to put up a committee and sensitize the people that lived around the Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) as it was a mining area.
Councillor Simpemba said that there should be a continuous program to educate the people around MFEZ otherwise problems of compensation would not end.
And speaking at the same meeting, Kalulushi District Commissioner Kampamba Mulenga said the local authority would be inspecting the mines to check if their premises are properly fenced to avoid both encroachment and criminal activities.
She said it was unfortunate that most the mining investors seem to concentrate on merely producing copper and did not pay much attention to investing in security.