China Copper Mines In Chingola Threatens Government Of The Republic Of Zambia
China Copper Mines on the Copperbelt has threatened to place the mine under care and maintenance if President Edgar Lungu does not stop government agencies from interfering with operations of the mine.
Company Director Yu Wang Ping said in a statement that the mine is being pressurized to lay off over 200 workers and suspend a $50 million investment, which is aimed at creating 1000 jobs.
Mr. Ping is concerned that despite the mine fully complying with all the requirements from government agencies, pressure is still being exerted on the mine to seize operations for unwarranted reasons.
And Mr. Ping has alleged that the mine has suffered financial loses over the past two months due to disruptions in production by government agencies.
In September this year Chingola residents staged a peaceful protest against the China Copper Mine, which had been dumping acid, oil and other chemicals in Kafisali since it started mining activities.
The residents also called for a forensic audit into how a Chinese investor grabbed the mining area from Zambian owners under the directive of Mines minister Christopher Yaluma and Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge. The residents alleged that Yaluma and Musenge pocketed large sums of money from the Chinese to facilitate the mine takeover.