By Michael Kaluba
Government has warned mining companies of severe consequences if they continue to violate environmental protection laws while generating pollution.
Speaking when he distributed over K14 million to 50 cooperatives from areas affected by mining activity in Kitwe, mines and minerals development minister Paul Kabuswe has challenged individuals and institutions to take the initiative in reporting pollution instances.
The roughly K14 million distributed in Kitwe is part of a K58 million allocation under the Zambia Mining and Environmental Restoration and Improvement Project for 200 cooperatives in Kabwe, Chingola, Mufulira and Kitwe that were previously impacted by mining activities.
Mr. Kabuswe highlighted that authorities will not allow mining corporations' irresponsibility in the future and is calling for strong governance mechanisms to adapt to the new dawn administration's goal of healthy mining operations.
Earlier, during a courtesy call on her office, Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa urged the minister to speed up the process of revamping the mining sector, saying the existing status is significantly affecting service delivery by the local authority, which receives 80 percent of its revenue from the mines.