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Mines minister warns miners operating without valid licences

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Mines and Minerals Development Minister, Paul Kabuswe says all mining firms operating without an Environmental Impact Assessment are operating illegally as no mining licence is issued without a valid Environmental Impact Assessment.

Mr. Kabuswe stressed that all mining licences are issued only upon submission of an approved Environmental Impact Assessment and that any mines operating without one are in breach of the law and will be dealt with accordingly.

“According to the law, a mine cannot operate without an Environmental Impact Assessment. Then they are illegally doing that, they need to have that before a mining licence is issued so meaning that anyone doing that may have an invalid mining licence or an illegal one for that matter and we will get to them, we can’t tolerate that”he warned

In a telephone interview with ZANIS today, Mr. Kabuswe disclosed that his Ministry will upon completion of the audit of the cadastre department come up with a structure that will help curb such practices in the future.

“That’s why we are auditing cadastre, after we reopen, we are going to recall a lot of issues and we will structure something that will curtail that “he added.

Last week Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Collins Nzovu ordered the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to take action against mining companies operating without conducting Environmental Impact Assessments after inspecting some mines in Mkushi that were found wanting by ZEMA.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Under PF there was no need for any of that environmental impact staff……..

    They were even looting and sharing reserve forests …………..

  2. When Zambians think their Minister is a beneficiary of the Black Mountain and other artisanal mining activities they don’t take his warnings serious. They think he’s joking. After all he looks more civil in person than in pictures

  3. Why warn when someone is already breaking the law …why do our Presidents appoint dull chaps to this ministry? Thw last one was a former Primary school tutor Musukwa,,,,can you imagine a dull chap like Paul Kabuswe negotiating with Minning Executives? They dance around him and hoodwinl his sleepy face..

  4. This one is dull…. you know that there are people mining without license why don’t you move in and arrest them. What is the warning for? Unless of course you just want to be relevant.

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