Mines minister Richard Musukwa says he wants to give Chingola Jerabos a dump site if they organize themselves well.
Musukwa said the Chingola illegal small scale miners should reorganize themselves so that they can benefit like their counterparts in Kitwe.
Musukwa who is Chililabombwe member of Parliament said this when he met Chingola Jerabo leaders at his office.
He said Government can’t regulate an illegal entity, hence the call for self-reorganization.
He said for Jerabos to benefit from copper dump sites, they must move away from their bad behavior of causing chaos, intimidating residents or stealing copper from any mining firm on the Copperbelt.
“You cannot benefit from dump sites if as leaders of the group you encourage child labour or using force to break the Law. Government will not tolerate that.But Zambia has copper and it’s your birthright. Your Government wants you to participate and benefit not as scavengers but as a legal entity. You have genuine cause and your numbers are huge so Government is more than eager to work with you. I have talked to Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo to provide that leadership,” he said.
Musukwa said that President Edgar Lungu has given stern warning to his Ministry and Police to firmly deal with any bad behaviour from jerabos.
He thanked the leaders for making effort of wanting to know how to benefit from the mineral copper deposits Zambia has.
And Jerabos leader Kasonga Kabaso the owner of Spax Mining said the meeting was fruitful.
Spax said Chingola group was eyeing Chingola Copper dump site.