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Luanshya Cricket Club faces demolition as Chinese Mine starts constructing open pit mine at Luanshya Sports Club

General News Luanshya Cricket Club faces demolition as Chinese Mine starts constructing open pit...

The information has emerged that the Chinese investor in Luanshya operating Luanshya Mines has started digging up for Copper at Roan Sports Club.

The Sports Club consists of Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Tennis and Squash including Basketball and football facilities.

Investigations have revealed that the Roan Cricket Club will be the first to go as it sits right within the licence area given to the Chinese investor.

Luanshya Copper Mines Public Relations Manager Sydney Chileya confirmed that the company has the right to mine in the area because the mining licence covers that area.

Mr Chileya said the the initial earth works of course will affect the boundary of the cricket club and tennis club but these clubs will remain intact.

“When a company is given a license by the ministry of Mines,they have a right to mine within the license area, it is law. The ore body being mined there ends at the boundary of the cricket and tennis club.

Roan Member of Parliament Joseph Chishala also confirmed that the construction of an open pit mine will go ahead but that Roan Sports Field will be preserved.

But aspiring MP for Roan Eleni Grigoraki has condemned the action of the mine company.

“ LCM are wantonly and callously demolishing our ZCCM Sports Amenities. Yesterday I physically visited the site in question, and indeed the reports are very true that earth-works have been done at the Cricket Club.

She added, “The Cricket Club Information building has already been razed-down and so is the Basketball Court.”

“I then called the Minister of Mines, who expressed great dissapointment with this destructive behaviour, and he assured me that he would be calling CLM, the China Mine to try to resolve things.”

“But what surprises me even more is the fact Luanshya Municipality, and the District Administration, actually had the full knowledge of this, but they elected not report the matter to their designated Superiors, at Lusaka

Chinese Luanshya Copper Mines undertaking earth works on the Cricket Club as construction of an open pit mine starts
Chinese Luanshya Copper Mines undertaking earth works on the Cricket Club as construction of an open pit mine starts

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  1. We grew up watching cricket and tennis at Luanshya mine sports club… spending out time at the swimming pool after walking in very neat parks. This was a town one felt so proud of.
    To day everything is gone…. like the saying goes “You can bring a villager to town but you can’t get the village out of him”

    How can a country even allow this? Golf club gone.

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  2. Your MP is interested in Bill 10 only. He is a lost cause.he is more of than ndc for him to be bothered.
    NDC will not adopt him in 2021 and it is his time to reap all he can so that he can never a destitute…..

  3. We await a formal report from the ministry before interfering into this. We believe the minister is best suited to deal with this minor matter which can be resolved amicably. However, should the request be made for us at the top to get involved we will do so. Kz

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  4. Open pit??!! This is next to Luanshya Hospital and residential areas. Does Lungu and his tandem of thieves have no love for our country and its environment. Everything is available to the highest bidder!

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  5. PF don’t know anything about social amenities, only bribes and corruption rule for PF.

    This is reported. There is no need to wait for reports to wait to correct this . Somewhere along the line bribes are being paid.

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  6. Government must not allow investors to take advantage of the locals this way. Would a Zambian be allowed to carry out such activities in China?

    We need to have a heart for this country otherwise we are leaving ourselves without a future. I know for a fact that a few individuals are heavily benefiting from this.

    I tend to wonder why such wrong decisions keep on being made. I ask myself why everyday.

    CRY MOTHER ZAMBIA!

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  7. Zccm or the Chinese will not build our houses once they are brought down due to blasting.Do we even have an Mp in this area?How can they honestly think of starting up an open pit mine right next to the hospital and residential houses?

  8. WHEN CNMC, THE OWNERS OF LUANSHYA MINE, GOT THE MINE THE ORE BODY AROUND CRICKET CLUB etc. WAS EAR-MARKED FOR EXPLOITATION IN FUTURE.
    CNMC HAVE THE RIGHT TO MINE THE DEPOSIT AND THERE IS NO NEED TO ABUSE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY AT ALL. HOWEVER, A CONVERSATION MAY NOW BE STARTED ABOUT THE COST-BENEFIT OF SUCH AN UNDERTAKING BY INVOLVING THE LOCALS NOW ALTHOUGH ALL THESE ISSUES SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP DIRING THE EIA PROCESS WAY BACK WHEN THE PURCHASE WAS CONCLUDED.
    THE QUESTION IS WHAT BENEFITS ARE THERE IN A SPORTS COMPLEX COMPARED TO THE ANTICIPATED PROCEEDS: THOSE ARE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DECISIONS TO BE MADE NOT INSULTS FROM ANT HILLS OR PARTISAN VITRIOL !

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  9. I think the whole world is fed up of china’s stealth bullying and world domination… Time we told them to leave….

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  10. Mr Chileya said the the initial earth works of course will affect the boundary of the cricket club and tennis club but these clubs will remain intact. This reminds me of that time i used to play Hockey and Binani told us of continuity in sponsoring all the games. What followed were riots in the once peaceful town……..very sad born and grew up in Luanshya when we complain we exactly know how the town was. This is bad and difficult to see positive change no one appears to be interested because the town has continued going down.

  11. Up until the early 1990s , almost all CB towns had close to sound sports infrastructure in the low density suburbs. Before 1964 and in the early 70s, these places were almost no go areas for many people. Things changed and life was good for the average wage earner on the CB and the pinnacle was the annual ZCCM sports festivals that moved from town to town! I attended three such events over time and boy the parties that were going on. Fast forward to the era of post privatisation of the mines following which jerabo culture took over.

    I am on the CB at least twice a year. In December 2019, I peeped at the main Nkana sports complex and I was lost for words at the level of degradation of the once beautiful facilities. Many of you bloggers fully understand the reasons why this has happened…

  12. Many of you bloggers fully understand the reasons why this has happened and quite frankly it is fruitless to start delving into them. If businesses and local authorities on the CB were serious, most of what survives of these structures would have been razed down and new and better stuff erected in their place. Honestly although the ZCCM sporting initiatives may have been riddled with corruption, the system then had a good way of giving back to the communities that were starved of entertainment …

  13. If Zambia had a good leader , the investores were going to be ordered to build a modern complex before this demolition goes ahead , by presidential order…..

    Not with lungu , ni Zeeeee , asif he has been bribed to turn a blind eye…..

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  14. BUFFOON CK’s biggest mistake was picking Joseph Chishala the man is a sell out…Chinese are investing billions in apartment blocks in England employing British engineers and professionals …in Zambia they are destroying and polluting because we have very corrupt people in power.

  15. IS THIS NOW THE” COPPER CURSE”??
    Are we going to sell KCM to some Chinese company??
    Shock to all of us that once lived in that town.

  16. What’s wrong with demolishing the cricket ground if there are minerals there? There’s lots of space for creating new playgrounds in Luanshya. This is no train smash. Journalists are creating sensation where there’s none

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