Small scale miners on the Copperbelt commonly known as Jerabos brought the entire Kitwe city Centre to a stand still when they marched to celebrate the controversial decision to hand them back the Black Mountain.
PATRIOTIC FRONT KITWE DISTRICT THANKS PRESIDENT FOR HANDING OVER BLACK MOUNTAIN TO THE YOUTHS OF KITWE.
Tuesday, 27th February, 2018
Kitwe, Copperbelt Province
Patriotic Front Kitwe District has thanked Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for handing over part of the famous Black Mountain to the youths of Kitwe.
Led by Kitwe PF District Chairman Christopher Kangombe, the cadres marched from the PF Kitwe office into the city Centre singing solidarity songs.
President Lungu last week announced that he was handing back part of the old mine dump known as Black Mountain to the Jerabos.
The Black Mountain was operated by Nkana Alloy Smelting Company Limited, a subsidiary of ZCCM-IH.
A Chinese company called Tianjin Maolin Technology Company Limited legally acquired the slug dump from Chambeshi Metals Plc, which bought it from Nkana Alloy Smelting Company Limited.
Mr Kangombe who is also Kitwe Mayor said the PF in Kitwe commends President Edgar Lungu for releasing the 10% held by ZCCM- IH in the Black Mountain dump site in Wusakile to the Small Scale Miners in Kitwe.
He said the immediate impact of this important and timely decision is the creation of jobs for the many youths that have relied upon the mine dumpsite for many years.
“Secondly, the decision demonstrates that the PF as a party in power will always promote the empowerment of the Youths and in this case transforming illegal miners into registered Small Scale Miners. President Lungu is fulfilling a campaign promise because the many Youths in Wusakile and Kitwe as a whole have for many years being supporting the PF even when the party was in the opposition,” Mr Kangombe said.
“The Five constituencies gathered this morning at the PF office and through this statement by the PF District Executive do hereby re-affirm our support for the Republican President who is also the PF Leader. We are certain that in 2021, we shall win the election with our Presidential Candidate being His Excellency Mr. Edgar C. Lungu,” he said.