For Immediate Release.
Regulate Gold Mining!
The National Democratic Congres
NDC is appealing to the geological survey department to conduct a new exploration on gold deposits in the North Western province.
It is sadening that 55 years after independence, the country has scanty details on gold prospects in the country.
It is high time that Zambia seriously explore and harness the mining of gold besides copper.
Government should also take advantage on the discovery of gold in the North western region by attracting serious investors to conduct gold mining.
The opening up of gold mines will help create jobs in the country.
The NDC further demands that clear policy guidelines on gold mining are immediately put in place.
As a party, we are aware on the influx of foreign nationals who are conducting illegal gold mining particularly in Mwinilunga district.
We have also seen in the recent past how pf carders have been fighting over gold in Chief Chibwikas of mwinilunga district.
Government is losing out on revenue generation arising from such illegal gold mining activities.
Worse still, the unregulated mining of gold is being done without the necessary safety measures.
The recent death of three gold miners in Mwinilunga clearly underscores the need to improve safety standards in gold mining.
Issued by: Marc Kalemba. Member of the Central Committee and NDC North western Province Coordinator.