Lufwanyama District Commissioner, Minerva Mutesa gives her speech during the handover ceremony, as Chief Lumpuma (right) looks on. – Picture by Andrew-Knox Kaniki/SUMA SYSTEMS.

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.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. We are dull as Zambians, the K1 million donation is nothing compared to the money they are making, also why donate to a chief, why didnt they donate to a school? oh I forgot a dull population is easy to manipulate.

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    • That chimu Sene Ingunase and his fellow Senes are the worst culprits at impregnating underage girls so what lies is this now? How many underage girls have we seen in Kitwe, Ndola, Kalulushi etc get impregnated by Senes? Many of these girls have since died from HIV.

      How do they give a land cruiser rather than build a hospital or at least work on that terrible road in Lumpuma’s area? Let’s be serious with life this is not a gift but a bribery to turn the other side while they rape the land of its minerals.

      Solution.. Deport these scoundrels back to where they came from please.

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    • That chimu Sene Ingunase and his fellow Senes are the worst culprits at impregnating underage girls so what lies is this now? How many underage girls have we seen in Kitwe, Ndola, Kalulushi etc get impregnated by Senes? Many of these girls have since died from HIV.

      How do they give a land cruiser rather than build a hospital or at least work on that terrible road in Lumpuma’s area? Let’s be serious with life this is not a gift but a bribery to turn the other side while they ra.pe the land of its minerals.

      Solution.. Deport these scoundrels back to where they came from please.

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  2. All this article over one donated vehicle in exchange for what? C’mon LT we know Grizzly are a bunch of scumbags….

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  3. WHAT I KNOW IS THAT IF GRIZZLY MINES WERE UNDER US ZAMBIANS THEY WOULD HAVE FOLDED BY NOW.
    @ jay jay YOU ARE THE EPITOME OF A SCUM BAG JUDGING FROM YOUR LANGUAGE

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    • Why is my name in small letters but the rest of the sentence is in CAPS…who is witless now!!

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    • My response is the same as on the Mopani confirmation closure. Attached below! You are the Potato Sir Mr veteran.

      Ati GRZ iwe Ichalo li fupa!
      GRZ is Mwanakatwe, Its PF with fist punching cadres and ministers most without a traceable lineage of wealth creation, Its ministers suspected of the most abhorrent corruption still serving and too much to mention.
      You think we can run a mine???? a complex business as such! I tell you the brains that did it are dead and yes we as Zambia do have very brainy intelligent people that have withdrawn as they can mix with this calibre of people. These are a thug based Government
      Thanks

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  4. Why and how is it that we have such mediocre headmen, chiefs and politicians????? Is a vehicle an investment really???? And you hold a ceremony for such nonsense?? Grizzly should at a minimum build each villager a 3 bedroom modern home, atase

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  5. That money is enough to drill five thousand bore holes in the chiefdom for the benefit of the general populace. The chief should have declined that “gift” in the first place.

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  6. for sure, apart from bore holes , that money could have been used to send at least 20 students from the area all the way to university ….

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  7. That amount of money could have improved someone’s life if it was donated to school.

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  8. And we have morons supporting entities like Grizzly….our country is full of educated ass h.les.

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  9. The queen of England is given precious stones and gems.So why can’t we give one of our black rulers(the chief)a few dollars to play with.We are not giving him(the chief)a crown.Not only that.When you do good.Good will follow you.Peter Carlos Hinds.

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