By Henry Chibulu in Mazabuka
Monday August 13, 2007 [04:00]
Management at Zambia Sugar Company plc in Mazabuka has said the controversial Kabanje area in chief Mwanachingwala is still a source of conflict between villagers and the company. Zambia Sugar managing director, Paul de Robillard told Mazabuka district commissioner, Misheck Chiinda, that his company was not ready to co-opt the people of Kabanje in an out-grower scheme because the wrangle had not yet been resolved by the government.
De Robillard explained that the Ministry of Lands was still handling the matter.
He also informed Chiinda that his company would be comfortable if justice took its course.
Company corporate affairs manager, Lovemore Sievu also said unless villagers realised the importance of engaging in peaceful dialogue, the company will not be ready to work with them.
Sievu urged the people of Kabanje to take a leaf from residents of Kabesha area in chief Naluama who are crying and pleading for the company to extend the sugarcane expansion programme to their area.
Earlier, Chiinda requested Zambia Sugar management to state its position on the plight of Kabanaje villagers whom he said have expressed interest to grow sugarcane under the sugarcane expansion programme.
He said most villagers had repented and pledged to support the company in its quest to expand sugarcane growing.
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