By BENNIE MUNDANDO
SMALL-scale miners, commonly known as Jerabos, backed by the freedom fighters and Patriotic Front (PF) youths in Mufulira yesterday marched to the civic centre to petition President Edgar Lungu to give them the mineral-rich dumpsite, the Black Mountain.
The group delivered their documents to authorities at the civic centre where they later gathered and made speeches to plead with the Government to consider giving them the slug mountain as the case was in Kitwe and Chingola, as part of their empowerment.
Bonse Chesu Mining Union Cooperative secretary-general, Gift Chibale, said over 50 Cooperatives were pleading to the President to handover the Black Mountain to the youth.
“We know that President Lungu is a listening President and today, we urge you our leaders who have the opportunity to meet with him to ensure that our message is taken across,” Mr. Chibale said.
And Copperbelt Province PF youth chairperson, Don Mungulube, told the multitude that the petition was a done deal and assured them President Lungu would most likely intervene in the matter.
“This empowerment is for everyone regardless of their political affiliation. Ilyashi lya Black Mountain is just a matter of time, otherwise, it is a done deal,” Mr. Mungulube said.