The Lusaka High Court has adjourned an inter parte appeal hearing of Zambezi Resources 100% owned Kangaluwi Copper Project in the Lower Zambezi National Park until 5 March 2014.
The appeal was lodged
on 6 February 2014, at which time a stay of execution was granted on an
ex parte basis that temporarily prevented Mwembeshi Resources Limited
(MRL), a subsidiary of Zambezi, from commencing operations on the site.
The appeal was listed for hearing on 18 February 2014, having been lodged by an applicant group representing various organisations associated with the environmental movement.
The group is appealing against the Zambian Minister of Lands, Natural
Resources and Environmental Protection's decision to allow the Kangaluwi
Copper Project to proceed in the upper escarpment area of the Lower
Zambezi National Park.
The Zambian Government is the first respondent, with Mwembeshi Resources Limited (MRL) as second respondent in this matter.
The adjournment was granted at the request of the Attorney General on
behalf of the Government on the basis that the appellants had failed to
serve the court papers on him, as they were obliged to do .
The appellants' legal representative also sought an adjournment.
Accordingly, the stay of execution was also extended until the adjourned
hearing on 5 March 2014.