A traditional leader says the issuance of mining licences is not transparent and lacks accountability reason why the current procedure needs to be reviewed.
There is also no consultation between government, companies involved and the communities were these licences are issued.
Chief Mumena of the Kaonde people of Solwezi says he is not happy with the current situation where licenses are given from Lusaka.
The chief says as much as he wants to see his chiefdom developed he will not consent to development that does not give preference to his subjects.
Chief Mumena was addressing his subjects during the National Savings and Credit Bank – NATSAVE feasibility study meeting in Solwezi yesterday.
He says at the moment the licenses are issued arbitrary with NO regard to the plight of the affected communities.
But Mines Minister Chris Yaluma says the government has not issued any mineral exploration license since it took office.
He says a Mining Advisory Committee has just been constituted to preside over the issuance of mineral explorations.
Mr Yaluma says the committee will be given its terms of reference next week before getting down to work.
The Minister says his government has taken measures to restore sanity in the issuance of exploration mines.
Mr. Yaluma says the new system will take care of all concerns raised by stakeholders while officers that will be founding wanting shall be dismissed.
Meanwhile Mr. Yaluma says government is in the process of revoking mineral exploration licenses for people holding them for speculative purposes.
He told ZNBC news in a telephone interview from Kasama that the PF government will NOT tolerate illegal schemes in the mining sector.