PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should intervene in the continued wrangles at Zambezi Portland, says MMD national youth secretary Bowman Lusambo.
Mr Lusambo said if left unresolved, the wrangles had the potential to spill over to workers.
He said after the presidential intervention, it would be incumbent on the two parties to discontinue all legal processes currently underway.
“We believe that only President Lungu will end the feud at Zambezi Portland Cement and help safeguard the economy of Ndola in particular and Zambia in general,” he said.
Mr Lusambo said at the moment, President Lungu was best suited to intervene in the matter unlike Bishop John Mambo.
“We know Bishop Mambo was installed board member of Zambezi Portland Cement by Dr Mahtani and has therefore vested interest in the matter,” he said.
Mr Lusambo appealed to Bishop Mambo to return to the pulpit and save lost souls, adding it was a well-known fact that Bishop Mambo did not belong to the Zambezi Portland Cement Board.
Mr Lusambo explained that over US$ 160 million of investment would go down the drain if Zambezi Portland Cement closed, adding that its closure would have far reaching ramifications on the country’s investment profile.
“It is for this reason that we feel the time has come for the bitter share dispute between the Ventriglias and Dr Rajan Mahtani to be settled,” he said.
Mr Lusambo said MMD youths were interested to see to it that operations at Zambezi portland cement were restored and production continued without any confusion.
He said it was common knowledge that Mr Ventriglia and Ms Manuela Ventriglia were best suited to run the plant since they were the initiators of the project.
Mr Lusambo said even the legal battles and deportations that the Ventriglia family had been subjected to had been at the instigation of enemies of Zambezi Portland Cement.
Mr Lusambo said Zambezi Portland had the potential to produce close to 360,000 tonnes of cement which would go a long way in addressing the supply constraints for the commodity especially in this construction boom period the nation was experiencing.