The National Democratic Congress NDC is urging Government to monitor the mining of gold and other precious minerals at Lumwana Mine in the North Western province.
They feel Government might be losing out a lot of revenue through the sale of gold.
Party Secretary General Mwenya Musenge is concerned over information suggesting that Lumwana Mine is exporting over eight hundred kilograms of gold on a monthly basis.
“The NDC is thus challenging lumwana mine to come out clean over this matter. This is a serious allegation that lumwana mine management should clear.
We want to know the truth on this matter. We have information that the mine has not been declaring its gold sales to relevant authorities,” said Musenge.
He says the gold is usually bundled in light aircrafts and flown to a named country.
“Our informants at lumwana have told us that some officials at the Ministry of Mines know about the illicit gold transactions.
As a party, we demand for transparency and accountability in the mining and export of gold,” he explained.
He says it is prudent therefore that Government puts in place a mechanism to monitor the mining of gold at Lumwana.
Mr Musenge has appealed to the Zambia Revenue Authority ZRA to move in and investigate the purported sale and export of gold at lumwana.
“The NDC is further urging Government to ban the export of copper blisters by mining companies adding that these copper blisters contain other rich mineral particles such as gold that are not declared at exportation.
It is high time that the Zambian people started fully benefiting from their vast mineral wealth,” Musenge said.