By Derrick Silimina
Grizzly Mining Company has donated a Land Cruiser VX worth K1 million to Chief Lumpuma of the Lamba-speaking people in recognition of his fight against early marriages and poverty.
Speaking during the hand-over ceremony held at the Grizzly Mine site, Pilala area in Lufwanyama district on Thursday, Company Secretary Carol Sampa said if traditional leaders joined hands with cooperating partners like Grizzly Mining Company, the lives of the people in the community would be greatly improved.
Ms Sampa said as an appreciation for the noble and dedicated service rendered by the chief through his continued fight against early marriages, poverty, and his tremendous works in the education, health and the social economic development of his chiefdom, the mining firm found it appropriate to donate a Land Cruiser VX worth K1,000,000.
She stated that the donation of the vehicle would enhance the traditional ruler’s mobility, particularly in providing care and mobilising activism in his chiefdom.
“It is our policy to cooperate and work with traditional leaders in bringing development to local areas, in particular Lufwanyama district and Zambia as a nation. This is because we believe traditional leaders have a critical role in providing leadership and a conducive environment in enhancing development, especially in Lufwanyama district,” Ms Sampa said.
She further paid tribute to Government for its invaluable support to the private sector in the country.
“We are grateful to the Patriotic Front (PF) Government led by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu who has continued to provide invaluable support to the private sector and Grizzly Mining Company in particular.”
Lufwanyama District Commissioner Minevar Mutesa commended the mining firm for its continued support to the traditional leadership in the district.
“For the last three years, Grizzly has fought against armyworms through donations of pesticides, and a number of other equally important corporate social responsibility programmes currently going on in the district such as the construction of the chief’s palace, the construction of the secondary school in Lumpuma area and supporting the health post at Pilala with essential drugs and company doctors’ services.”
Speaking when she officiated at the hand-over ceremony of the vehicle to Chief Lumpuma, the district commissioner further implored other investors in the district and beyond to emulate the noble works of Grizzly Mining Company.
“We are therefore grateful to Grizzly Mining Company for coming to the aid of traditional leaders in Lufwanyama district because we know that this will not just help His Royal Highness but will also bring about the upholding of the chief’s affairs, traditional governance, and the conservation and preservation of Zambia’s heritage.”
Chief Lumpuma expressed gratitude and stated that Grizzly Mining Company’s generosity was helping supplement Government efforts in improving the living standards of chiefs and their subjects.
“As chiefs, we sometimes face challenges in accessing some remote areas of our chiefdoms due to poor transport. But a donation like this will enable me reach out to my people even in the remote areas of my chiefdom. I therefore, would like to express my gratitude to Grizzly Mining for being a good corporate citizen.
“I can assure you that this donation will be used for its intended purpose to reach out to my people in my chiefdom. This is what we expect from even other investors that are coming to our country,” Chief Lumpuma said.
The mining firm’s outstanding corporate social responsibility wing recently also presented a cheque worth K100,000 to ZADAC Travel and Tours on behalf of Chief Lumpuma of the Copperbelt province, Chieftainess Kawaza of Eastern province, Chief Chitoshi of Northern province and Chief Chikanta of Southern province.
The donation was for the purchase of 19 pure breed of Kalahari Reds and Boer goats to be used in a pioneer project of goat commercialisation. – Courtesy OF SUMA SYSTEMS.