Government will review the Mulungushi Textiles lease agreement with the Tanzanian investor because of the violation of its provision, State House Special assistant for projects implementation and monitoring Lucky Mulusa has announced.
Speaking in Kabwe after touring some sections of the industry and discovering fertiliser and detergents concealed in one warehouse Mr. Mulusa expressed disappointment that the leasee Mohammed Enterprises Textiles Limited (METL) of Tanzania has failed to live up to Government’s expectations.
“I am very disappointed that from the time the lease was signed there has been nothing related to textile industry taking place but just to find these fertilisers and am told you are selling the commodity. With immediate effect, we will sit down with the committee that signed the lease, though just now I see a lot of breaches by your company.
We will recommend the next step to take which may include termination of the agreement,” Mulusa told a METL representative Aurora Singh.
Mr. Mulusa said Government was in a hurry to develop the country and President Edgar Lungu was particularly concerned about the unemployment levels in Kabwe.
He was aware that once in full operation the textile industry could help reduce poverty and help cotton farmers.
And Mr. Mulusa caused panic when he decided to inspect the warehouse after he was tipped that there was fertiliser stored at the factories.
Mr. Singh claimed that the unnamed official who had travelled out of town was keeping the keys to the warehouse, prompting Mr Mulusa to peeping through the window.
When access was allowed through another door, thousands of fertiliser bags and detergents bearing the METL logo were discovered.
Mr. Singh’s attempt to convince Mr Mulusa that the fertiliser and detergents were brought in to be used as raw materials in the industry failed.