Action Aid Zambia has welcomed the move by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to undertake a forensic audit at Konkola Copper Mine covering the period 2007 to 2013.
Action Aid Country Director Pamela Chisanga has told QFM in an interview that Civil Society Organizations have been calling on government to undertake a comprehensive forensic audit of the mining firm and other multinational companies.
Ms. Chisanga says the forensic audit is long overdue, stating that it is high time the people of Zambia started benefiting from country’s mineral wealth.
She adds that ZRA should also involve the office of the auditor general in its audit to ensure that a good audit report is produced.
Ms. Chisanga notes that ZRA should scrutinize all the transactions by KCM such as the money the mine is making and the payments it has been making.
She further states that ZRA should consider extending the forensic audit to other mining firms so that government begins to get a fair share from the mines.