By Leah Ngoma
Government is calling for patience among stakeholders concerning the issue of mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park as the Zambia Environmental Management Agency-ZEMA- is expected to update the nation soon.
Mwembeshi Resources Limited, the company which was given a license to carryout copper mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park is expected to commence production before the end of this year, which has raised concerns with environmental experts calling on government to halt the planned mining.
But speaking during the weekly media briefing at the
Ministry of information this morning, Green Economy and Environment Minister Collins Nzovu says the matter is currently with ZEMA after the agency was ordered by the Court of Appeals to issue a decision letter.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nzovu says his ministry has achieved a number of key milestones since its creation in September 2021 among them, ending the illegal harvesting and trading of mukula logs while other tree species are allowed for export and the issuance of small and medium scale concessions across the country for the first time ever with 195 concessions being awarded so far to ordinary Zambians.