President EDGAR LUNGU says Konkola Copper Mines -KCM and Mopani Copper Mines have cheated enough and he is now consulting the Attorney General on how best to disengage the two investors.
President LUNGU says the two mining Giants have for several years lied that they make losses but they have not pulled out of the country.
The Head of State says he cannot take their lies anymore and if the people of Zambia want the two investors to go, he will let them go.
Speaking upon arrival at the SIMON MWANSA KAPWEPWE International
Airport in Ndola this morning, President LUNGU said he has heard the cries of the people of the Copperbelt over the behavior of the mines.
President LUNGU said he was saddened by women of Chililabombwe who protested half naked last week over KCM and he sympathized with them.
He said he has travelled with the Attorney General and he will follow the due process of the law to divorce the mining firms giving problems in the country.
President LUNGU said he does not want the mines to continue blackmailing the country.
He also revealed that the Sales Tax is here to stay and government will implement it.
And Copperbelt Minister JAPHEN MWAKALOMBE also noted that there were challenges in the mining sector.
Meanwhile, PF Copperbelt Chairman NATHAN CHANDA says his executive hastaken full responsibility of the ruling party’s loss in the Roan Parliamentary by-election in Luanshya.
Mr CHANDA, who is also Luanshya Mayor, said his executive hasdecided to mobilize the party and unify it in order to avoid losses in future elections.
President LUNGU was received at the Airport by Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO, his Foreign Affairs counterpart JOSEPH MALANJI and Livestock Minister MULENGA CHEWE and Copperbelt Minister JAPHEN MWAKALOMBE.
Several PF members of parliament for the Copperbelt were also at the Airport to receive the president who is in the province on a three day working visit.