Fierce critic of the United Party for National Development (UPND ) administration’s mining policy, James Musonda, says the government should take responsibility for the mine tragedy.
“I have been talking about the recklessness of the UPND administration, their concentration has been promoting foreign investors in the mining sector while neglecting local players in the mining industry,” Musonda in an interview on Saturday said.
He said that the mine tragedy where more than 30 miners trapped underneath was very regrettable .
“It is shame that the only way miners can survive is through picking stones through illegal mining, the government has not come up with a policy to involve locals in the mining arrangment,” Musonda said.
He added that President Hakainde Hichilema and Mines and Mineral Development Minister, Paul Kabuswe, should take responsibility for policy failure leading to the loss of life.
“If we had a proper mining policy, we shouldn’t have witnessed this tragedy and loss of so many lives, the entire government should take responsibility,” Musonda stated.
On December 1, 2023, the country woke up with the news that more than 30 illegal miners at Chingola had been trapped Since then, only four miners have been retrieved with only one survivor.
The rescue team has continued searching for trapped miners.
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