Bowman Lusambo, the embattled MMD youth secretary says Zambia should unity to fight for economic independence.
In a statement made available to the Daily Nation, Mr. Lusambo said the country was struggling for economic independence 51 years after attaining political independence.
He said Zambia had the potential to attain social and economic development solely by the efforts of its own people only if they believed in themselves to be the change they wanted the country to be.
“As much as we support Foreign Direct Investment, we believe that local investment by local Zambians will spur further development. The turbulence going on in the mining sector where some foreign owned mines are being placed on care and maintenance could be avoided if majority of the mines were owned by indigenous Zambians,” Mr. Lusambo said.
Mr. Lusambo said the route to economic self-rule has been shown by President Edgar Lungu and his Government in the manner they were empowering young people in the mining sector and other sectors of the economy.
“The developments in Chingola on the Copperbelt where Tikumbe Mining Ltd is undertaking small scale mining are welcome and commendable. We further applaud the efforts by President Lungu and Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma to resolve the impasse which surrounded the operations of the mine,” he said.
He said it was baffling why Zambia has never had indigenous mine owners even after 100 years of the mining history.
Mr. Lusambo said there was need to deliberately come up with policies that would support Zambians to venture into mining and build the economy of the country.
“Indigenous Zambians have over the years developed the required skill set necessarily to run a mining operation. It therefore follows that Government must continue on its path to support and empower local people that are making efforts to run such operations,” he said.