By SANDRA MACHIMA
THE Council of Chiefs in North Western Province has pleaded with President Edgar Lungu to quickly step in and help resolve the impasse surrounding Kalengwa Mine in Mufumbwe.
Council of Chiefs secretary Chieftainess Nyakulenga said the traditional leadership in the province was pleading with the President to intervene in the matter of Kalengwa Mine so that the rightful investor could be allowed to continue with operations.
She was speaking on behalf of more than 20 others attending the North-Western Province Investment Exposition in Solwezi.
Chieftainess Nyakulenga said the chiefs had seen and appreciated the contributions that Moxico Resources had put into the district before it was even fully operational.
They were therefore pleading with President Lungu to ensure the company was allowed to continue mining.
“We believe that Moxico Resources has set an example by contributing to the needs of the community even before any ngwee has been made from their investment,” she said.
Kalengwa Mine remains at the centre of controversy after a Supreme Court judgement reinstated Moxico Resources Zambia as the rightful owner of the mining licence after a 10-year court battle against Kalengwa Processing Zone, a company owned by businessman Shawi Fawazi.