Kitwe DC warns over Black Moun­tain ops

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

CHAPAMO Min­eral Re­sources Lim­ited op­er­at­inMgr.aL­tut­shaemBbloack Moun­tain should en­sure that its trucks use only spec­i­fied routes or risk be­ing im­pounded, Kitwe Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner Bin­well Mpundu has warned.

CHAPAMO Min­eral Re­sources Lim­ited op­er­at­ing at the Black Moun­tain should en­sure that its trucks use only spec­i­fied routes or risk be­ing im­pounded, Kitwe Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner Bin­well Mpundu has warned. Mr Mpundu also said all trucks should be cov­ered in tents to avoid spilling ma­te­ri­als from the moun­tain on the roads. He was speak­ing at his of­fice when he handed over a re­port to Chapamo Min­eral Re­sources Lim­ited con­tain­ing find­ings of the ex­tent of the dam­ages to the houses as a re­sult of the blast­ing which was done at the Black Moun­tain a few months ago. “Let me has­ten to re­mind you, Chapamo of the ear­lier agreed mat­ters with all stake­hold­ers which in­cluded that trucks from the Black Moun­tain should use only spe­cific routes, “Those trucks which will be found want­ing will be im­pounded by the traf­fic of­fi­cers in the dis­trict. All trucks should be cov­ered with tents to avoid spilling over ma­te­ri­als on the roads,” said Mr Mpundu. Mr Mpundu also said san­i­ta­tion at the Black Moun­tain needed to be im­proved to avoid com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and the pos­si­bil­ity of an epi­demic. He was how­ever happy that the fate of the af­fected houses was now clear as Chapamo had com­mit­ted it­self to deal with the dam­age soon. And Chapamo Min­eral Re­sources di­rec­tor Kelvin Tembo has said the per­cep­tion that the ‘Black Moun­tain’ was a sal­vage yard must be changed be­cause the min­ers at the site wanted to de­velop a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity. Mr Tembo said mem­bers of the com­mu­nity were free to re­port to Chapamo man­age­ment all erring truck driv­ers which would in turn take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against the cul­prits. “Res­i­dents are free to re­port all erring truck driv­ers to the man­age­ment of Chapamo be­cause the com­pany runs an open door pol­icy in mat­ters af­fect­ing their busi­ness and the com­mu­nity,” said Mr Tembo. Mr Jus­tice Katenekwa has since ad­journed the mat­ter to No­vem­ber 13, this year for con­tin­ued de­fence. So far 13 out of 18 sus­pects have given their de­fence.

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