Intrigue and mystery has continued to surround the ownership of the slug dump in Wusakile Township of Kitwe which is believed to have been sold to a Chinese national.
While government has denied ever selling the “Black Mountain” to the Chinese, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) officers yesterday morning visited the Black Mountain to assess it to tax purposes.
Wusakile Ward Councilor Davies Simunyola said ZRA officers came to the Black Mountain to do some evaluation so that whoever would be operating at the Black Mountain would start paying tax to the government
“Yes, it is true officers from ZRA want whoever will be operating at ZRA should start paying tax and so they came to do some evaluations,” Mr Simunyola said.
And Mr Simunyola also said questions have been raised as to why the “Black Mountain” was being guarded by both State Police and guards from a private security firm known as Kobra.
Some Wusakile residents told the Daily Nation that the presence of the guards from a private security firm at the “Black Mountain” was an indication that it had been sold to a private company.
“As Wusakile residents who earn income from the Black Mountain, we are concerned at the presence of the guards from a private security firm because it means the Mountain has been sold to a private company who has hired this private security firm.
“Why engage a private security firm if the Black mountain has not been sold? There is no need to hire a private security firm because State Police will guard the Black Mountain. So we are suspicious about the presence of Kobra Security at the Black Mountain,” said some of the Wusakile residents.
Last Saturday, surveyors who are believed to have been hired by a Chinese national suspected to have bought the Black Mountain were saved by State police from being lynched by angry Wusakile residents when they went to carry out some surveys and put up an electric fence.
The residents became angry when police officers guarding the Black Mountain informed them that the surveyors who had come from Chingola were hired by a Chinese national who had bought the slug dump, so that they could carry out some surveys and put up an electric fence to stop any illegal mining activities.