The Mineworkers Union of Zambia -MUZ- says it is determined to establishing a large scale mine in the country.
MUZ President JOSEPH CHEWE disclosed this yesterday when he led a delegation of MUZ officials in paying a courtesy call on Senior Chief MUMENA of the Kaonde speaking people at his palace in Kalumbila District.
Mr. CHEWE says MUZ has realized that mining cannot only be left in the hands of foreign investors without the full and active participation of the indigenous Zambians hence the move by the union to come up with a mine.
The MUZ President has since asked Chief MUMENA to help MUZ in identifying an area within North-western province where it can establish the mining company in partnership with the local community and ensure that the proceeds remain within the country.
Mr. CHEWE further disclosed that the MUZ has also embarked on the project of tree-planting for timber processing and that the union is seeking extend the project to North-western province owing to its good rainfall pastern.
And, Chief MUMENA thanked MUZ for spreading its net wide in providing representation to workers in both small and large scale mines in the country.
The Chief has since implored the Mineworkers Union of Zambia to champion the participation the local community in the mining activities in order to boost the local economy uplift the livelihood of the local of the community.