Ruling Patriotic Front Copperbelt Province leader Nathan Chanda has praised President Edgar Lungu and the government for placing KCM under liquidationn.
BELOW IS CHANDA’S STATEMENT
It is gratifying to see how President Edgar Lungu is working tirelessly to make the liquidation of Konkola Copper Mines so transparent.
We want to put it on record that we stand with HE President Edgar Lungu and the people of Chingola and Chililabombwe over KCM. What President Lungu has demonstrated over KCM is a clear sign of transparency and accountability.
It is a shock that the Vedanta owner Mr Anil Agarwal wants to promise to pay the suppliers, contractors and reinvest
in KCM when he was lying that KCM was not making any profits.
According to State House, Mr Anil Agarwal requested to meet President Edgar Lungu and asked to continue running KCM and to pay debts.
We are happy that President Lungu told off Mr Agarwal that the take over of KCM was in the interest of the Zambian people, which to us shows how transparent the President wants the liquation process to be.
This is an open door policy which we feel has created confidence in the people of Chingola and the Copperbelt at large. If it was other leaders, they could have not disclosed that there was even a meeting unlike the way others made money and became rich overnight over the sell of mines during privatisation.
The decision which the government under President Edgar Lungu made over KCM has received the support from the people of the Copperbelt.
We are pleased that President Lungu has made it clear that the meeting with Mr Agirwal will not affect the status of Court or the Liquidation processes. This is what we call leadership that listens to the concerns of the people. We just want to urge other mines not to go the KCM way because the interest of PF government is for the benefit of Zambians.
Further, we wish to thank the people of Chingola for their patience during the process. We want to assure the people that PF government means well and will ensure that the interest of the people come first.