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Govt Cancels 2,500+ Mining Licenses in Zambia: Transparency Concerns Mount


Discover the latest on the Govt Cancels Mining Licenses in Zambia. Find out why over 2,500 licenses were revoked and the concerns raised by local miners.

Small-scale miners in Zambia are facing a wave of uncertainty after the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development revoked over 2,500 mining licenses. The move has sparked outrage from the Emeralds and Semi-Precious Stones Mining Association of Zambia (ESMAZ), who fear the licenses could be handed to foreign companies instead of benefiting local miners.


ESMAZ President Victor Kalesha raised concerns that the Ministry's decision contradicts President Hichilema's previous commitments to empower Zambian businesses in the mining sector. Kalesha suspects some officials within the Ministry might be prioritizing interests that don't align with Zambians' well-being.


"We need open communication," stressed Kalesha.  "Instead of unilateral decisions that hurt local stakeholders, the Ministry should work with miners to ensure they comply with regulations."


The cancellation of these licenses, authorized by the Mines and Minerals Development Act, has only intensified ESMAZ's anxiety. Kalesha pointed out the lack of transparency surrounding how these licenses will be redistributed.


ESMAZ is urging the Ministry to prioritize Zambian miners and ensure a fair and transparent allocation process. They believe that empowering local communities is crucial for a thriving mining sector in Zambia.


CANCELLATION OF NON-COMPLIANT MINING AND NON-MINING RIGHTS BY THE MINING LICENSING COMMITTEE (MLC) : https://www.mmmd.gov.zm/?p=2787

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