PRELIMINERY ANALYSIS OF ZAMBIA’S MINING SECTOR IN FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR SHOWS INEFFICIENCIES AND LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

By Michael Kaluba

Preliminary findings from an assessment of the mining sector by the Southern African Resource Watch-SARW- have revealed a disjoint in government’s handling of the sector while the state’s position on various existing matters remains unclear and lacks transparency

This month marks the half way implementation of the new dawn administration’s first national budget and 6 months through the first mining fiscal year of their 5 year term.

SARW Country Director Edward Lange has cited the lack of transparency surrounding the Glencore and Mopani deal, governant’s failure to clearly state its position on whether Konkola Copper Mines will be handed back to Vedanta or not and a lack of a robust interrogation of investment pledges recently made by some mining firms as part of the weaknesses of

the current regime on mining.

The analysis report scheduled to be shared at the end of the month is also interrogating the relationship between some pronouncements made so far to the sector against the UPND manifesto especially regarding policy and legislation such as the mines and minerals act, the local content bill and the mines commission in addition to the impending UPND mining policy.

Mr. Lange says his organization is concerned with some alleged careless statements, including from the state, about KCM, the unsustainable scavenging at the black mountain that government is parading as mining empowerment for locals and failure to state whether it will increase shareholding in mines or leave it entirely to the private sector considering that Zambians need to benefit more from these mineral resources.

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