Wanyinwa community endorses Kalumbila mine


MORE than 60 residents of Wanyinwa Community in Chief Musele in North-Western Province have thanked the Kalumbila mining management for accommodating community contributions in the ongoing resettlement programme.
The villagers, who signed a petition in support of Kalumbila’s First Quantum Mine (FQM), urged the company to speed up the resettlement to Shinenene because several meetings had been held with several stakeholders, including the traditional leader who agreed that some people should be relocated.
The villagers endorsed the project to put up a dam which they said would bring about development to the chiefdom.
On June 27, 2013, some villagers from the area, including some headmen, asked Vice-President Guy Scott to intervene in their delayed resettlement to pave way for the mining project because they were happy with the investor’s zeal to take development to the area.
The villagers urged Dr Scott to also assist them get appropriate compensation from Kalumbila Mine for being disturbed.
The villagers said they were concerned with the prevailing disturbances that had led to the mining company to start laying off workers and suspending its construction works.
Wanyinwa is a community of about 600 families in senior chief Musele’s chiefdom in Solwezi that had been affected by the Kalumbila Mine project.
“It’s for this reason that we are writing to your good office so that our resettlement problem and other compensation-related issues can be addressed. We are also optimistic that the Government will look into the employment issue of our children,” read the letter to Dr Scott in part.
They said as far as they were concerned, the community was not the first one to be resettled in the history of Zambia, adding that they had trust that responsible Government departments would protect the interests of both the people and the investor in order to pave way for national development.
In another letter to the provincial minister dated March 27, 2013, the villagers complained that their resettlement had taken long to be effected when the villagers, themselves, were willing to be resettled as long as their compensation was increased, had reasonable houses, school, clinic, market and safe water, among other things were provided.