KCM To Shut Down Nchanga Mine, 2503 Employees Laid Off
Konkola Copper Mines will this week place its Nchanga Underground Mine on care and maintenance.
According to a shutdown notice being circulated by stakeholders, including mine unions, 2 503-contract employees will be laid off immediately.
This comes barely a week after President Edgar Lungu visited the mine and claimed that he had intervened in the ongoing retrenchment of miners, which has already resulted in thousands of job losses.
However, mine union sources have described the move by KCM as a slap in President Lungu’s face who said his trip was 80 per cent successful.
“He has failed to do anything because a serious Head of State would have known that KCM wants to remain with the smelter so that they buy ore and process it and sell. He should have known all that, the unions gave him this data but he opted to insult them ‘ku’ rally for protecting miners; he called them ‘ukutumpa’. So they are showing him that actually, the eight out of 10 marks he gave himself is false marking, its zero out of 10 because miners have continued to go on the streets in large numbers,” said the source.
KCM public relations manager Shapi Shacinda’s went unanswered when multiple attempts were made to inquire and gather information from him while MUZ secretary general Joseph Chewe expressed ignorance about the notice and promised to follow up the matter when its office was made aware.