WORKERS of Lunga Mineral Resources Limited operating at the Wusakile Slug Dump popularly known as “Black Mountain” were yesterday ordered to leave the site after a Ministry of Mines verification of the company’s license revealed that it neither covered nor included the Black Mountain.
In a consent order by the High Court between Lunga Mineral Resources and Wusakile Empowerment Foundation, the former had been stopped from conducting its mining activities at the ‘Black Mountasin’ and told to restrict their activities to their company residential premises.
The resultant effect of the consent order as well as the verification exercise that was conducted pursuant to that Consent Settlement Order signed by all the parties is that Lunga Mineral Resources and Exploration is that the company is now ordered to vacate the Black Mountain immediately and restrict their mineral processing to their offices in the Kitwe’s light industrial near KMB.
This is a case involving Lunga Minerals and Exploration owned by Kitwe Business man Shawi Fawazy and Vision Wusakile Empowerment Foundation as 1st and Second Plaintiffs and Nkana Alloy and Smelting Company Limited and Attorney General as 1st and second Defendants.
In this case, the High Court ordered that the Plaintiff and the Defendants shall permit the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development to verify the location and area covered by the 1st Plaintiff’s Mineral Processing License number 103482-HQ-MPL to render a report to Court.
After a verification of the two competing licenses had been done by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development and the final report submitted into court by the ministry of mines, it was confirmed that the Mineral Processing License of Lunga Minerals and Exploration Limited neither covered nor included the Black Mountain.
The verification revealed that the licence only related and covered the offices of Lunga Mineral and Exploration Limited situated in Kitwe’s industrial area, west of Kitwe’s Main Bus (KMB).
According to Consent Order signed by Justice Mwila Chitabo, the High Court ordered that the Plaintiff and the Defendants shall permit the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development to verify the location and area covered by the 1st Plaintiff’s Mineral Processing License number 103482-HQ-MPL render a report to Court.
“That upon verification, the 1st Plaintiff shall restrict its operations only to such area as would have been verified by the 1st Plaintiff, the High Court read in part.
The order stated that the Consent Settlement Order constituteed the full and final settlement between the Plaintiffs and the Defendants over the legality of the 1st Plaintiffs Mineral Processing License, and its location and area covered.