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OPPOSITION LEADER SLAMMED FOR SUING GRIZZLY MINING OVER GRADING OF ROAD

By GIDEON NYENDWA

IT is disappointing that the United Prosperous and Productive Zambia (UPPZ) president, Mr Charles Chanda has decided to sue Grizzly Mining Limited for grading a road that passes through his area on account of trespassing.

The Emerald and Semi Precious Stone Mining Association of Zambia (ESMAZ) president Victor Kalesha said that the association was disappointed by Mr. Chanda’s decision to sue Grizzly Mining Limited for grading a road in his area on account of trespassing.

Mr Kalesha said that the Shombe road in Lufwanyama has been in existence since 1966 and no one had ever worked on it.

He said that it was unfortunate that the UPPZ leader had started attacking a company that was bringing development in the area.

“We are very disappointed,” he said. Mr Chanda vowed to sue Grizzly Mining for what he termed as trespassing in his emerald mine area.

He said that Grizzly Mining had no right to make a road on a licensed mine without getting permission and they should remove the road from his area without fail.

But Mr Kalesha said that Grizzly Mining had been working and upgrading a number of roads in the district for a long time through corporate social responsibility and the UPPZ leader had no right to try and disturb the good works.

He said that Mr Chanda had come in a sector which he did not even understand properly and needed to consult on how the people in the emeralds sector operated.

Mr Kalesha said that the road had been made passable after being graded and  the farmers,   local people including Mr Chanda himself use  the road when going to his mine.

“Why he wants to disturb the good work, I don’t know,” he said.

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