The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to evict 10 000 families from Kasulo town in order to pave the way for a major cobalt production project in the metal-rich area.
According to the governor of Lualaba province, Richard Muyej, the people affected by the development would be granted compensation.
“If the state determines that it is in the interest of the entire nation, it can relocate and compensate the inhabitants,” the official told the reporters.
Approximately 600 families have already been granted money ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 per household.
Muyej also urged the residents not to spread the unrest as the resources stored underneath the ground were not their own but the nation’s property.