PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said it is ridiculous for individuals or political parties to politicize the effects of the low copper prices on the economy and blame it on the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
And Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Chief Executive Officer Steven Din has assured President Lungu that the giant mining company would not close down, but it would find ways of surviving during these difficult times.
President Lungu said it was sad that some politicians were trying to gain political mileage by politicizing the effects of the low copper prices on the economy and claiming that once voted into government, they would improve the situation.
The republican President was speaking yesterday at Konkola Deep Mining Project (KDMP) shaft when he met KCM Chief Executive Officer Steven Din.
He said Zambians and miners in particular, should not listen to lies being perpetrated by some politicians that they would solve the problem of low copper prices on the World market because the problem was global.
“Some people are blaming or want to blame the government for the low copper prices at which has resulted in job losses in the mining industry. They don’t know that the problem of low copper prices at the World market is global, but they want to blame government and KCM and other mining companies.
“I think it is ridiculous for any politician or political party to blame the PF government for the low copper prices which has resulted into job losses in some mining companies,” President Lungu said.
And speaking later when he addressed miners, President Lungu said the situation in the mining industry was serious, but Government wanted to do its best to save some jobs of miners.
He said his Government wanted to ensure that some jobs were secured despite the effects of the low copper price.
“I have come here to see how you are working in this situation when the price of copper at the World market is low. As government, we want to see that some jobs are secured. Unions should work hard, mining companies should work hard and even government should work hard to save the jobs of miners.
“mining companies should sacrifice, unions should sacrifice and workers should also sacrifice in this difficult time for the common cause of saving jobs,” He said.
And KCM Chief Executive Officer Stevin Din assured President Lungu that the giant mining company would not close down, but would find ways and means of surviving during these difficult times.
Mr Din said his company was not in Zambia for a short time, but was in Zambia to stay and would find ways of weathering the storm, adding that he was happy that the management was receiving corporation from the unions and the workers. He also said that the management was happy that President Lungu had decided to visit KCM during difficult times.
“As management of KCM, we are happy that you have visited us today. This is good because you have visited us during difficult times, but we would like to assure you that despite being difficult times, we will not close, but we will find ways of surviving during these difficult times,” Mr Din said.