MUFULIRA residents have petitioned the council to pass a by-law authorising 10 percent of the total revenue collected from all mining activities to be allocated towards community development.
The residents have also petitioned the local authority to create a local mineral revenue sharing mechanism that will be managing and administering the 10 percent allocation.
Speaking on behalf of the 1,000 petitioners on Wednesday, representative Martin Kampamba said the allocation was expected to foster development in host mining communities.
Mr Kampamba said such communities had suffered negative effects such as water and air pollution, displacement and environmental degradation due to mining activities.
“Following a consultative meeting with stakeholders held on December 8, 2016, we agreed to petition our local authority to pass a by-law authorising 10 percent of revenue collected through property rates and annual business fees to be ploughed back to our communities for development,” he said.