Government says it is investigating reports of unscruplous people are allegedly looting gold deposits in chief Sandwe’s area in Petauke district in Eastern Province.
ZANIS reports that Provincial permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo confirmed the development in an interview adding that he will ensure that the people behind the illegal gold mining are brought to book.
Mr. Kasolo notes that after mining the gold, the unscruplous business person with the aid of unsuspecting villagers are allegedly selling kilograms of gold at K10, 000 tax free.
Mr Kasolo said the activity is against the Minerals Act and others provisions of the Law that stipulate procedures to be followed regarding mining.
The permanent secretary also notes that the illegal miners are putting themselves at a health risk as they are failing to provide protective measures to the workers.
He states that mining is a highly technical activity which can be dangerous as it requires the rules of health and safety to be followed.