Police in Solwezi arrested 17 people at Kisasa in Kalumbila mine area yesterday after a violent commotion erupted during a data base creation exercise.
The exercise which started on Monday this week has since been suspended.
North-Western Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Solwezi that the 17 suspects were charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace but all have been released after paying admission of guilt fine.
Mrs. Chipalila said the violence was instigated by the remark by one of the local people engaged by the mine to register potential job seekers that only Lunda people would be entered in the data base.
A data base is a system that mining companies in collaboration with local Chiefs in the district use to recruit workers for the mines.
The North-Western Province Police Commissioner said the remark angered other job seekers from Solwezi and the Copperbelt province who were in the majority.
One job seeker Edwin Lufugulo complained that the use of the data base register as a mode of recruiting workers is segregative and appealed to government to investigate the matter.
Mr Lufugulo noted that there is no law that favours the creation of a data base register for employing adding that people should be allowed to compete for jobs wherever they are available.
Five data base registration centers were established in Chief Musele’s Chiefdom where Kalumbila Minerals Company is located.
Kalumbila Minerals company is expected to start operations in June this year.