Patriotic Front (PF) Mpika Constituency Member of Parliament, Francis Kapyanga, has called on government to eject foreign investors who are taking advantage of the prevailing situation of gold rush in the area.
Recently gold was discovered in the area and according to Kapyanga foreigners are already taking advantage of the situation and taking over the resource.
The Lawmaker told Zambia Monitor that in Mpika there is need for government to put measures to make local people benefit, especially the youths and women.
He said he has since written to the government through the Provincial Minister’s office to bring all the stakeholders together, including traditional leaders and respective ministry representatives where an all-inclusive decision will be made.
“This is so the chiefs are part of the process that will allow the people to benefit from this God-given wealth, the traditional leaders are know man to the people in their communities and therefore should be allowed to play a role in the identification process of those who should be licensed for mining,” Kapyanga said.
He said government should consider offering empowerment to supplement the awarding of small and medium scale mining licenses to the youth and women around the country.
“In this manner, we will improve local economies and ensure that our people are beneficiaries of the wealth in their land and start to break poverty circles that impede our communities,” Kapyanga said.
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