FDD President Edith Nawakwi has proposed that the Manganese mining must be given to the Zambia National Service to run the business.
Ms. Nawakwi a Former Finance Minister in the Chiluba administration said Zambia has minerals and ZNS is lubricating their equipment every week and must be given one manganese mine to excavate and raise money to even pay some of the debt.
“We have our ZNS with all the equipment being greased weekly with tax payers money and somehow some of the miners hire our ZNS equipment,” she said.
a carat of emerald is $6,000 while a ton of copper is $6,000
Ms Nawakwi advised Zambians to take note that a carat of emerald is $6,000 while a ton of copper is $6,000. She said Zambian mining engineers are unemployed and ZNS have the equipment and the country has people with the minds.
She said that if she had a chance, she would have given a concession of manganese mine and emerald mine to Zambia Army and Zambia Prisons Service and equip them with all the requirements and the skills they need to work in the mining industry.
Mrs. Nawakwi said that unfortunately, all the nice spots including rare earth have been given to foreigners.
Mrs. Nawakwi noted that Zambia is land of limitless opportunities but the only problem Zambians have is that they do not love each other.