Three sites in the discharge basin of the Chinese plant CNMC (China Nonferrous Metal Mining), located in the Panda district in Likasi, in the Haut-Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were closed on Saturday, September 18, 2021 following numerous cases of poisoning recorded.The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ève Bazaiba, who made this decision, indicated that she had made a bitter observation on the ground.

“There is a strong wind which carried away all the toxic dust containing a lot of acid materials and toxicity. People inhaled, some swallowed. There were problems with the flow of blood in the nose, there are cases of hematoma, there are cases of diarrhoea, there are cough problems, there are some who have eye problems… “she was indignant in front of the press after meeting the local populations.

Mrs Eve Bazaiba revealed that so far more than 600 people have been directly affected by this pollution caused by the Chinese copper factory which dumps waste into a discharge basin located just 300 meters from homes.The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Environment and Sustainable Development on behalf of the government ordered the immediate closure of this discharge basin pending investigations which will identify all the victims and determine the level of pollution for the purposes of possible compensation for affected populations.

“First today, I gave instructions on behalf of the Government to stop, to shut down this tailings basin site altogether. Whether this is the first site they inherited from Gécamines or the one they created. We must transform them into a completely reforested forest so that it can swallow all this pollution and save the population. I asked that we prepare the systematic house-to-house screening of all those affected so that we know what can be done next from a health point of view “, said the vice-premier minister.

It should be remembered that the China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group is a Chinese state mining company based in the Democratic Republic of Congo for several years and it operates in the Deziwa copper mine and the Lualaba Copper Smelter. The company has already been accused of similar facts in the past when industrial pollution had changed the color of the Yangtze River in China.


Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga graduated in journalism and creative writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of the People in the United States of America. Billy Omeonga is passionate about nature and protecting the environment. He is a curious and open person who enjoys meeting and communicating with people from different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. He is interested in great conversations and enjoys learning new things every day. He is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is fluent in French and English. But his mother tongue is French. His hobbies: Billy is a nature lover. He spends his leisure time writing and contemplating wild animals in the zoo or on television.

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