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Press release of Euronext minority Shareholders of ZCCM-IH : GRZ must revoke gold licences of ungrateful Rufunsa blackmailers
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GOLD MINERS BOYCOTT TRADING WITH ZCCM-IH

Daily Nation Newspaper
25 Nov 2020
By JOHN KOMBE

GOLD miners in Rufunsa have boycotted trading with Government over its decision that ZCCM-IH will be the sole owner of the gold-mining equipment which was recently procured.

They have vowed that they would continue selling the gold to private buyers as long as Government does not rescind its decision.

The miners recently refused to sign a supply agreement with ZCCM-IH after raising concern over ownership of the equipment.

“Government is losing out on revenue because we are trading our gold with private buyers and we will continue to do so as long as ZCCM-IH remains mute on our concerns,” Chimwetu Gold Mining Cooperative chairman, Emmanuel Tembo said yesterday.

Mr Tembo said gold mining cooperatives were still waiting for ZCCM-IH to engage them but would meanwhile continue selling their gold to private buyers.

“We are selling the alluvial gold to private buyers who include Tanzanian nationals among others and this is a loss of revenue on the part of Government,” said Mr Tembo.

Pokela Gold Mining Cooperative chairman, Clement Chitambo, said that the equipment was still kept at the District Commissioner's office.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry public relations officer, Kangwa Musanda, said that the ministry was still studying the matter.
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Press release of ZCCM-IH Minority Shareholders

GRZ must revoke gold licences of ungrateful Rufunsa blackmailers

1. Background

1.1 Government Policy on Gold

In a statement on 24 May 2020, Mines Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga explained that the GRZ has given a mandate to ZCCM-IH to coordinate efforts to purchase the gold from artisanal miners and to also coordinate the gold trading business in Zambia.

The PS Mines also said GRZ stance is that all gold from Artisanal miners is bought through ZCCM-IH to Bank of Zambia to build strategic reserves for the country. The GRZ has declared gold as a Strategic Mineral meant to allow all citizens to benefit from its exploitation.


1.2 Development of small-Scale mining through cooperatives

GRZ has handed-over gold mining equipment worth 1.3 million Kwacha to three cooperatives aimed at scaling up gold production levels in Rufunsa, Vubwi and Lundazi.

ZCCM-IH CEO Mabvuto Chipata said the acquisition of equipment with support of the SADC Trade Related Facility reflects government’s commitment in supporting growth of artisanal miners.

PS Commerce Mushuma Mulenga said government had assigned ZCCM-IH to secure the equipment and maintain it. GRZ has also mandated ZCCM-IH to establish gold trading centres, which allow the Artisanal Gold Miners an opportunity to sale their gold at a competitive price.

2. Blackmailers’ outrageous comments and criminal behaviour

Gold miners in Rufunsa have boycotted trading with GRZ over its decision that ZCCM-IH will be the sole owner of the gold-mining equipment which was recently procured.

The miners have refused to sign a supply agreement with ZCCM-IH after raising concern over ownership of the equipment. Chimwetu Gold Mining Cooperative chairman, Emmanuel Tembo said “We are selling the alluvial gold to private buyers who include Tanzanian nationals among others and this is a loss of revenue on the part of Government” and added that “Government is losing out on revenue because we are trading our gold with private buyers and we will continue to do so as long as ZCCM-IH remains mute on our concerns.”


3. An appropriate response to these unspeakable actions

It is only logical that ZCCM-IH, commissioned by GRZ, monitors and controls the operating equipment. It is strange that the miners of Rufunsa are reluctant to have the equipment controlled by ZCCM-IH in the general interest and xxxx the hand that feeds them. Why do they want to recover ownership and management of the mining equipment that has been made available for free to them? Would ZCCM-IH surveillance prevent illegal exploitation with the provided equipment ? One can assume so, given the reactions...
The blackmailers have absolutely no recognition of the efforts undertaken by GRZ and ZCCM-IH to develop small-scale mining. While ZCCM-IH faces other challenges, our company provides serious and competent teams to structure the gold sector and bring technical skills to these ingrates while wasting time and money. Worse, these blackmailers defy the GRZ and openly announce with impudence and without shame that they are acting illegally and defrauding the Zambian State. They threaten to continue their criminal activities ! Not paying a tax to GRZ robs all Zambians of the benefits of the country's gold. Therefore, profiteers who plunder all Zambians as such Emmanuel Tembo and his gang should be punished as severely as possible. Moreover the granting of gold licenses has generated much enthusiasm throughout the country. The licenses of these infamous blackmailers must be revoked and attributed to other Zambians or honest cooperatives who wish to act not only for themselves but also in the general interest, particularly to strengthen Zambia's strategic reserves in the current financial context.


Issued by:

Thierry CHARLES

on behalf of Euronext Minority Shareholders of ZCCM-IH

29th November 2020, FRANCE.

zccm.ih.shareholders@gmail.com


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Rufunsa gold miners, ZCCM-IH deal

Daily Nation Newspaper19 Dec 2020By JOHN KOMBE

RUFUNSA gold mining cooperatives and ZCCM-IH have signed an agreement after a long disagreement on operational terms.

In an interview, Chimwetu Gold Mining Cooperative chairman, Emmanuel Tembo disclosed that the four cooperatives finally agreed to the terms after a series of discussions with ZCCM-IH. The four cooperatives are Pokela, Chimwetu, Kamandu and Chipeketi.

He expressed happiness at the development and hoped that this would help both parties to engage in business and regretted the longstanding disagreement, but noted that it was necessary to ensure that all parties were satisfied with the terms.

He disclosed that the signing ceremony took place yesterday at Jesper Lodge in Rufunsa and that ZCCM-IH was represented at the signing ceremony.

Mr Tembo observed that the cooperatives were initially hesitant to sign the agreement because of a few concerns such as the ownership of the equipment but noted that these matters have been resolved and the parties agreed to the terms after concession.

He also noted that the agreement would now compel the cooperatives to trade with ZCCM-IH who offered a better price for the gold than private buyer and said that this will ensure that government got the desired tax.

Mr. Tembo however revealed that one cooperative, Kamandu gold mining cooperative chairperson was not available to sign the agreement as his area of residence was cut off due to heavy rains. He however, said that the cooperatives had all agreed to the terms and the chairperson for Kamandu was ready to sign and would to travel to the ZCCM-IH offices to sign the documents.
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Re: press release : GRZ must revoke gold licences of ungrate

les "ingrats" ont dû rentrer dans le rang... :-)

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