Lafarge to challenge High Court decision, Zambia

Lafarge to challenge High Court decision, Zambia
Published: 14 September 2009

The Supreme Court has set Wednesday this week for the inter-parte hearing in the matter in which Lafarge Cement Zambia is challenging the execution of the Kitwe High Court order for the company to pay over US$13m in environmental liabilities.

According to summons dated September 9, Lafarge, who are the appellants, and the respondents, Citizens for a Better Environment (CBE), will appear before Deputy Chief Justice Irene Mambilima.

Justice Mambilima will hear the application for stay of execution of the judgment and payment of bailiffs’ fees based on the reasons deposited in the affidavits submitted.

Lafarge had obtained an order to stay execution of the ruling by the Kitwe High Court to pay $13.2 million in environmental liabilities and also ordered that the company be granted leave to appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court.
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This comes after Kitwe High Court Judge Catherine Makungu upheld Kitwe High Court Deputy Registrar Justin Mukolwe’s earlier ruling to award CBE, suing on behalf of the citizens, US$13.2m for environmental liabilities caused by Lafarge Cement for their operations in Ndola and Lusaka.

The court made the ruling against Lafarge following its failure to remit contributions towards the Environmental Protection Fund under the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources.