Mining appeals tribunal takes shape
Zambia has at last launched its new appeals tribunal dedicated to settling disputes in the strategic mining sector. It is manned by several big names from the legal and mining worlds.
Greg Mills, head of South Africa's Brenthurst Foundation, is showing himself to be increasingly influential with Zambian head of state Hakainde Hichilema. He has recently brokered talks on such major issues as the opening of an Africom bureau in Lusaka and a multi-million dollar investment programme in Zambia by First Quantum Minerals.
Outside of Zambia the new president is trying to come across as a reformer who will extricate the country from its massive debts. To do so, he is counting on both his cabinet and a State House made up of political companions and close acquaintances where, three months after the election, the power balance is still shifting.
The Mwinilunga area, which is rich in gold in a country that has long focused on copper, has remained relatively excluded from Zambia's economic development. Yet elected officials in the region, particularly those from the party of new president Hichilema, want to see this change.