Speaking during a Ward Assembly held at his residence in Zhombe on Saturday where he met with various stakeholders including Government departments, non-governmental organisations and village heads, Chief Weight Gwesela urged Government to introduce stiffer penalties for people who destroy the environment.
Gwesela said the fines that were being administered by the Environment Management Agency EMA were not deterrent enough. Said Chief Gwesela:
Government should consider a longer jail sentence for such people who are destroying the environment. Something that sets an example to say if you do this you will be jailed. We are facing serious problems with artisanal miners who leave pits everywhere. These pits are now a serious danger to our livestock and we implore EMA to intervene before it gets out of hand.