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7 mining companies causing pollution on the Copperbelt identified

Economy 7 mining companies causing pollution on the Copperbelt identified

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection Hon. Lloyd Kaziya with Zambian Embassy Staff in Washington
Minister of Water Development, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection Hon. Lloyd Kaziya with Zambian Embassy Staff in Washington
PARLIAMENT on Wednesday heard that Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has identified seven mining companies on the Copperbelt whose emissions are above the prescribed pollution control limits.

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya said the seven companies have since been issued with compliance orders to immediately institute measures to comply with the national emission standards, while one has been served with an environmental restoration order to remedy the pollution it has caused on the Mwamanshi, Mushishima and Muntipa streams.

He said this when he presented a ministerial statement on pollution of water sources as a result of mining activities.

“I wish to assure the people affected by the pollution of the water bodies and the people of Zambia that ZEMA will utilise the relevant provisions of the Environmental Management Act to ensure all seven companies comply with the conditions they have been served with,” Mr Kaziya said.

Mr Kaziya said non-compliance by the companies shall attract stringent measures, including complete shutdown of polluting companies, and litigation.

He said ZEMA plans to extend its workforce from the current 91 to 241 in the next five years to ensure the agency is responsive to the needs of the country.

“Government remains focused to provide adequate support towards the sustainable management of the environment in Zambia for our future generations,” Mr Kaziya said.

And Mr Kaziya said ZEMA is up to the task to ensure the environment is protected from harmful pollutants.

He was responding to Ndola Central member of Parliament Emmanuel Mulenga (PF), who, during his follow-up question, wanted to know what ZEMA is going to do to illegal miners in North-Western Province who are using mercury to mine gold.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Serving them with compliance orders and environmental restoration orders is not enough. They are polluting streams where people are drawing water. They need to start paying fines until they fix the problem.

    Is mining using Mercury legal? Mercury is dangerous once it gets into water sources.

    Such Ministries need strong leadership that is proactive. This man can’t even answer simple question in Parliament. He needs to be replaced.

  2. No names have been mentioned, but just the streams Mwamanshi (Mwambashi?), Mushishima and Muntipa streams pin points to one big brother in Chingola.

  3. The debates in National Assembly are below par. The Minister’s response is very basic and uninspiring. The quality of leadership we have leaves much to be desired.
    Most of the MPs are semi literates and have poor analytical skills in certain issues. Just Imagine Mr Kaziya engaging a foreign investor educated at Oxford or Havard, he will simply nod his head in agreement for fear or inferior complex. Foreign investor are serious chaps who do a proper investment appraisal….

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