Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates DEGHA has challenged government to state its position on the infamous Black Mountains in Wusakile Township of Kitwe.
DEGHA president Gerald Mutelo said government should come out clear on who owns the infamous black mountain which was a damp site for copper waste in Wusakile Township .
Mr. Mutelo’s concerns comes after some Chinese nationals were on Tuesday stoned by “illegal miners” commonly known as jerabos after they tried to start mining the mountain with a excavator.
Mr. Mutelo said the conflicting statements by government on ownership are a source of violence and that they should tell the nation who owns the mountains.
“The minister of mines has issued a lot of statements in the past that the black mountain in Kitwe will be given to the community as a way of empowerment to the local people. The elections campaigns are over, the minister is quite,”.
“Government must issue a comprehensive statement over the black mountain ,will the government give it to the community or what is happening especially on the ownership of the black mountain, who is the owner? Is it the government or the private sector? It is very important for government leaders to be honoring their promises to the people like on the issue of the black mountain therefore we are appealing to the minister of mines or the chief government spokesperson to inform the nation on government Plans concerning the black mountain,” Mutelo said.
“The question is, are they still maintaining their promise or what is the current status because nation wants to know regarding their campaign promises,” he asked.
In January during the campaigns President Lungu said the mountain will be given to the youths as part of empowerment.