Movement for Multiparty Democracy-MMD National Secretary Rapheal Nakacinda has described as childish,the statement by Mines Minister Richard Musukwa on the youths who perished at the black mountain.
Musukwa described to parliament on Thursday that the 10 Kitwe youths who died at the Black Mountain were scavengers and illegal people who invaded the slag dump.
Musukwa was responding to questions in parliament from Members of Parliament who wanted an explanation on the deaths that occurred at the Black Mountain on Wednesday.
But featuring on Friday’s edition of radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk Program Nakacinda said said Musukwa should reflect on his statement as it is insensitive and lacks the calibre of a cabinet minister.
He noted that the situation needs to be dealt with in a sober manner as no one deserves to die prematurely regardless of their status in society.
“He is my friend, but am saying this painfully ,that his response was childish and petty for a cabinet minister. He should have thought about it and dealt with it in a sober manner. Whether scavenger or whatever, there is no body that deserves to die. Any life of a Zambian is precious and therefore all those in government need to be real. He still had recourse and more time to give a statement.
“There is still need to investigate the whole process. Infact I can suggest that they structure the mining activities of the youth. We had a structured plan under the MMD and these accidents where avoided. There was some kind of order. There must be some input on expert analysts to look at the risks. Get the mining engineers to give expert advise,” he said.
He called on government to holistically look into the plight of the youths involved in mining at Black Mountains by ensuring that safety measures are put in place adding that the Black Mountain activities should be considered as a starting point for the youths to become mine owners.
He said there is need to put structures that would help youths move from mining with pick and shovel to using new technologies as the youths were not only looking for bread but to also change their living standards and employ others.