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Mine poisoning: Zambian government urged to join suit against Anglo American


Golden Party Zambia (GPZ) president Jackson Silavwe has said the Government should consider suing Anglo American over lead poisoning in Zambia at Kabwe Mine from the 1920s to 1970s.

Silavwe said the New Dawn Government should join in the class action lawsuit against mining giant Anglo American over lead poisoning in Zambia at Kabwe Mine from the 1920s to 1970s whose impact is still being experienced today.

The lawsuit has been filled by South African and British lawyers on behalf of 140,000 Zambian children and women whose health has been damaged.

Kabwe is one of the world’s 50 most polluted places on earth.

“We are also elated that the South African court ruled on November 25, 2022 that United Nations (UN ) experts could submit their findings to the court,” he said.

Silavwe said should the Government join the case, together with the UN experts the case would be much stronger and in favour of the victims in Kabwe.

As a party, he said we would also like to commend the World Bank who have been funding a project to provide medical help to the affected communities in Kabwe since 2019.

More than 10,000 women and children have been treated so far.

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