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Zambia: Court authorises controversial mining to proceed on a technicality
Author: Lusaka Times (Zambia) , Published on: 29 October 2019
‘The High Court of Zambia Kangaluwi gives green light to mining in the Lower Zambezi’ 23 October 2019
The High Court of Zambia has ruled that the controversial Kangaluwi open-cast copper mine project will go ahead in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National park. This was after the court dismissed the appeal against the mine on a legal technicality because the initial legal team that fought the case five years ago failed to file a record of appeal. The site of the mine is between two seasonal rivers which flow directly into the Zambezi River.
… The risk of pollution and collateral damage to the environment is high, as is the impact the mine will have on the wildlife in the area. The licence for the mine is held by Mwembeshi Resources Ltd, but it is still unclear where its owners, Grand Resources Ltd, are based. They are registered in Dubai but suspicions are rife that they are Chinese owned.