By PETER MALASHA
Changilo residents in Mkushi have accused manganese mining firms of damaging Changilo Road that links the area from the Great North Road through their heavy duty trucks.
Some residents talked to said mine owners were making huge profits from operations but were not involved in any corporate social responsibility programmes in the communities they were operating.
Changilo Baptist Church reverend Stanley Musonda said in interview that the road was in deplorable state because of the movement of heavy trucks to and from the mining sites yet no mining firm had come forward to rehabilitate it. Rev. Musonda said there was need for mine owners to supplement to government’s efforts in repairing the road as part of their social corporate responsibility programme.
Rev. Musonda said the heavy duty trucks carrying abnormal tonnages had left the road bumpy and had developed holes.
He said the road needed urgent attention before it became impassable.
“We are appealing to government to sit down with manganese mining firms to come up with corporate social responsibility programmes here in Changilo by repairing the road and the bridge,” he said. Rev. Musonda said residents were facing difficulties to transport farm inputs and produce to the market due to the deplorable state of the road. Rev. Musonda feared that if the bridge was not worked before onset of rains, it might collapse as it had already developed cracks.