According to Paul Kabuswe, Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, there had been rampant flouting of mining regulations in the past due to lax supervision of operations.
"One of the mistakes of the past was negligence in checking on the investors. We have declared all minerals as strategic, and the government will have a serious presence," Kabuswe said in a live interview on Radio Phoenix.
Furthermore, Kabuswe acknowledge that the government's desire is to create a conducive environment for investment.
Zambia has agreed to return control of #KCM to Vedanta Resources, mines minister Paul Kabuswe, ending a row over the ownership of the assets that erupted in 2019 when authorities seized the mines pic.twitter.com/fm8W3k2Gx9