By ROGERS KALERO
six headmen and other local traditional leaders from Chief Nkana’s chiefdom in Lufwanyama have described Gemfields investments, the giant mining company running Kagem Emerald mines as a bad investor who has concentrated on putting up security cameras than expanding on the mine to create employment and business opportunities for the local people
The six headmen and other traditional leaders who were identified as Vincent Chiyesu, Jacob Kapindula, Mutekenya Leviticus, Darius Puma, Ellen Longwe and Annie Chipibela, said failure to create business and employment opportunities by giant mining companies like Kagem has contributed to the worsening poverty in the area despite hosting mines like Kagem.
Vincent Chiyesu who a led a team of other headmen in the chiefdom accused government of having have neglected them.
Head man Chiyesu said there was an urgent need for those at the helm of power to consider the plight of the people of Lufwanyama by doing the right thing of ensuring beneficiation from the Godly given gemstone minerals. “It is said that despite living in the area where the finest emeralds are mined, the inhabitants or the local dwellers have continued to wallow in poverty and hunger. We have been neglected like and no one seems to care.”
“To make matters worse, investors like Gemfields Investment running Kagem Emerald Mine have clearly shown no regard for us, to the extent that instead of creating employment and business opportunities for local people, they are investing in security cameras and setting dogs on villagers. This Gem fields has been a bad investor,” Head man Chiyesu said CLICK HERE TO READ MORE