On 31 January, the green economy and environment minister, Collins Nzovu, told journalists that the open-pit mining project in LZNP would go ahead under strict adherence to measures set by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to approve its plans to commence large-scale mining.
Nzovu said the government’s “hands were tied” because “….Mwembeshi Resource has been allowed to go ahead with mining by the Court of Appeal. As the New Dawn, do we agree? No we don’t, we want to ensure that there is environmental sustainability, all our promises, we want to keep them but remember we are also a government of laws”.
Hichilema, who does not shy away from public debate, has not directly commented on the matter that threatens to divide interest groups in Zambia and beyond.
Civil society organisations, traditional leaders, artistes and safari operators – led by the World Wildlife Fund
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