A British lawyer who is helping more than 1800 Zambian families against KCM for pollution their surrounding, causing damage to their land and their health has been arrested and is still in stinking jail in Chingola.
Oliver Holland (in the photo) who works for a large law firm in London called Leigh Day, has been arrested together with a PF and UPND councillor and charged with ‘unlawful assembly’.
Welcome to the dark continent Mr British Lawyer. Zambia is the darkest part.
Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga said the lawyer, Oliver Holland, Kabungo ward Patriotic Front (PF) councillor Richard Mutale, Kalilo ward United Party for National Development (UPND) councillor Geoffrey Singu, and Chilekwa Mumba who travelled with Holland from Lusaka were arrested around 12:00 hours on the Chingola-Chililabombwe road in Hippo Pool area where they allegedly held an unlawful assembly.
“They were found addressing an unsanctioned gathering at Hippo Pool. They were addressing the people on Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM) operations,” she said.
In May 2016, due to Holland’s legal work, a British High Court judge agreed that a legal claim against UK based mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc and its subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers can proceed in the UK Courts.
KCM had insisted to have the matter heard in Zambian courts whose judges and lawyers they can easily bribe.
This matter started many years ago but KCM had managed to pay off the farmers’ lawyers and one of the lawyers who was ‘bought’ by KCM to betray the poor farmers in Kelvin Fube Bwalya who now wants to portray himself as an angel of light.