The government has warned the public to desist from engaging in illegal mining activities.
Acting Chief Government Spokesperson, and Minister of Information and Media, Collins Nzovu, stated that engaging in illegal mining activities was detrimental to the country.
Nzovu who is Green Economy and Environment Minister spoke against engaging in illegal mining activities in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday.
He explained that such activities operated outside the formal economy and lack the essential backing in terms of policy, incentives and investment.
Nzovu warned that illegal mining was not only dangerous, but also harmful to the environment as those involved ignored protocols and processes required to protect and preserve the environment.
“An alarming example, is a situation in Kanyelele area of Mpika district in Muchinga Province. From Sunday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 22, 2023, a group of individuals attempted to confront the police and other law enforcement agencies who were intervening to halt illegal mining activities in the region,” he said.
Nzovu further appealed to the public to give government a chance as it puts in place relevant steps to ensure that illegalities in the mining sector are brought to an end.
He also said the government was developing mechanisms that would ensure local communities benefited from natural resources and minerals.
“I further wish to state that government will continue to give Zambians licenses to engage in mining activities lawfully and profitably,” Nzovu said.
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