Government has with immediate effect halted the construction of a dam on Chisola River in Solwezi district of Northwestern province by Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML).
Northwestern province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu ordered KML to stop the construction on Chisola River following illegalities in the manner the project was initiated.
Mr. Mubukwanu also stated that government will consider prosecuting KML, a company owned by First Quantum Mineral (FQM), for implementing projects in Senior Chief Musele’s area without government approval as the construction of the named dam was in contravention of Zambia Environmental Management agency (ZEMA) regulations.
The minister issued the directives when he visited the Mine in Musele area, about one hundred and fifty kilometers west of Solwezi following complaints from residents that the mining company had begun building a dam on the river before seeking approval from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).
By the ZEMA regulations, erection of any project of this nature requires the investor to seek necessary approval to prevent misunderstanding regarding environmental protection.
The creation of the dam by Kalumbila Mine is expected to affect several cattle farmers through flooding of the grazing lands if the project went ahead.