Saturday, July 20, 2024

Lumwana Mine Workers’ Health at Risk Due to Uranium Contamination:Urgent Action Needed, Says EFF President

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In a startling revelation, workers at Lumwana Mine in Kalumbila District have voiced grave concerns about their health, attributing it to uranium pollution in the drinking water. The situation, compounded by governmental inaction and alleged collusion with mine owners, poses a severe risk to lives, especially following the mine’s admission last November to contaminating water with uranium.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President, Kasonde Mwenda C, condemned the government’s indifference and collusion, stressing that lives are in jeopardy due to its failure to take decisive action. Despite the mine’s acknowledgment of the contamination, the Ministry of Mines prematurely closed the case, and the mining company terminated a union leader who advocated for medical examinations of affected workers.

In response to these grave concerns, the EFF has issued the following demands:

  • Immediate Medical Tests: Comprehensive medical tests for all Lumwana Mine workers exposed to uranium-contaminated water.
  • Compensation: Just compensation for those whose health has been compromised due to the contamination.
  • Penalties and Cleanup: Substantial penalties imposed on the mining company, coupled with a mandate for thorough contamination cleanup.
  • Reinstatement: Swift reinstatement of the fired employee, a union leader, who sought justice for affected workers.
  • Public Apology: A public apology from the Minister of Mines, Mr. Kabuswe, acknowledging negligence and maltreatment of miners at Lumwana Mine and nationwide.

The EFF stands resolute in its commitment to safeguarding the well-being and rights of workers in Zambia. Mwenda stressed that prioritizing the health and livelihoods of citizens over corporate interests is paramount. The EFF will not tolerate the blatant disregard for the safety and dignity of fellow Zambians.

Mwenda concluded with the EFF’s unwavering stance: “Wherever we want to go, our feet will take us there.”

Kasonde Mwenda C
Economic Freedom Fighters-EFF President

7 COMMENTS

  1. And these are the HH type of Politicians….in opposition they sound very intelligent but once in office that’s when you see how dull they are….Kasonde Mwenda sounds like a parot and he is just the other version of Sean Tembo and Chilufya Tayali…just noise makers and attention seekers

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  2. Why do Zambians hate themselves so much to the extent of HURTING themselves at the level of foreign investments? Have you watched the documentary on Panama and FQM and how the citizens won? What the heck is wrong with Zambians kanshi? Look at how land is given off to foreigners willy nilly when back in their countries a foreigner, much less a black foreigner would never dream of getting a square meter even if he or she was a millionaire of note. What is wrong with our politicians mwe bantu mwe! Ni cinji co tacita tayanu pilisssiiii???

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  3. BARRICK MANAGEMENT MUST COME OUT IN THE OPEN AND TELL THE NATION THE TRUTH. BURRYING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE TRUTH IS THERE IS URANIUM AT LUMWANA. WHAT ARE THEY DOING WITH THIS URANIUM?
    WHEN MUTATI WENT TO THE MINE LAST MONTH, MANAGEMENT DID NOT TELL HIM THE TRUTH. FROM THE TV CLIP ONE COULD CLEARLY SEE HOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER AND THE PROCESS MANAGERS WERE TRYING TO FIND A GOOD STORY TO TELL MUTATI. NOT SURE WHETHER MUTATI FELL FOR THOSE STORIES BECAUSE HE HAS NOT GIVEN THE NATION THE FINDINGS OF HIS VISIT TO LUMWANA MINE. BA MUTATI SIR, THE NATION IS WAITING. Lets not have another KABWE(Lead pollution)

  4. Zambia doesnt have a cancer hospital. Please halt this leak before it becomes a national if not continental catastrophe

  5. Those are the results of having fools of government officials in office they where busy talking ill about the previous government but they are not different from them ,same thinking mentallity infact theae ones will very worse off

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