Zambian Citizens Pay the Price for Mining Expansion

Zambian senior chief sells tract of land to a foreign firm and leaves hundreds of families displaced

Northwest Zambian senior chief, Musele, has sold a tract of land to a foreign firm for a new copper mine, and leaves hundreds of families displaced.
 
Seke Mwansakombe, one of the displaced women, explains to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, that, they had vast land and could do anything, but are now are confined to 40 by 40 metre plots restricting their movements as certain areas are now no-go areas.
 
This after the Kalumbila Minerals Ltd, a subsidiary of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals Ltd, signed a deal with the Senior Chief in 2011 to buy 518 square km’s of surface rights for its mining activities, called the Trident Project, resulting in almost 1 000 families being relocated to Shinengene, or Southern Settlement, and to Northern Township, some 18 kilomtres from their original village.
 
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Source: 
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