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Consortium of mining firms slam Chieftainess Nkomeshya’s

BY MATION REPORTER

A CONSORTIUM of mining firms mining in the Kanyele area of Kafue have cried foul over their mistreatment at the hands of Chieftainess Nkomeshya’s daughters.

The firms complained that the two daughters Mervis and Choolwe were working with the likes of Jonathan Khondowe the famous person that bought President Hakainde Hichilema’s Jacket during a fundraising event in Lusaka.

Speaking on behalf of the Consortium, Joseph Musonda said he has  been consistently harassed since  January 4 when two of his trucks were impounded but were released after he produced the mining license.

He said the same happened on January 19 when Police from Palabana impounded three trucks laden with Copper and were taken to Woodlands Police.

“There is something fishy here because the police that came to impound were from Palabana meaning they had no jurisdiction,” he said.

Mr Musonda said that his licence made it possible to mine and that he was given 6.5837 hectares.

“I was legitimately given licence number NO. 27834-HQ-AMR which was issued on 27th May 2021 so why should people harass me,” he said. 

Chatupalesa’s large scale application licence was issued on 15th July 2021 as they only applied on 03rd June 2021.

He said the royals were bulldozing local miners that had legal documents by using their influence.

Mr Musonda said he was unfairly treated because the two were only given an exploration licence under their organisation Chatupalesa which meant they could just explore and not mine but were taking matters in their hands by trying to force an individual who had an artisanal licence.

He indicated that it was unfortunate that the Nkomeshyas were only bulldozing Zambian miners and not foreigners.

And efforts to get Mr Khondowe proved futile as he claimed he was not the right person to comment on the matter.

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