Bwalya dares HH over Copperbelt

By Nation Reporter

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema should revisit the Copperbelt Province and acquaint himself with the $1.1 billion Mopani Copper Mine investment which is aimed at extending  its life span to 25 years, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has said.

A few months ago, Mr Hichilema was on the Copperbelt where he alleged that the PF had failed to manage the mine crisis.

Mr Bwalya said opposition leaders who went to promote propaganda on the Copperbelt should go back and apologise to the people while recognising the positive development happening there such as the Mopani investment.

“The thrust of my programme is to make it clear to those who came to the Copperbelt to spread propaganda that the reason why the mines laid off people was due to President Lungu’s poor leadership.

“Those who went to promote propaganda should come back to the Copperbelt and apologise and talk about the good things in the mines where $1.1 billion has been invested by Mopani where jobs have been created as a result of that expansion,” he said.

Mr Bwalya said laying off of workers by mines was not as a result of poor leadership by President Lungu as alleged but was as a result of fluctuating copper prices caused by the behaviour of commodity prices.

He however said regardless of Mopani expanding its life span, the PF would continue diversifying the economy.

“The PF is going to continue diversifying the economy and I have also warned that the price of copper is going to continue fluctuating, that is the behaviour of commodity prices, they keep going up and down and so this problem of people being laid off may never be a thing of the past and hence Government should continue diversifying the economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Bwalya said it was time for all political leaders to stop blaming each other and work on stopping political violence.

“The time of blaming one another should be behind us, this is the time to act together and end political violence. We do not want to point fingers,” he said.

Mr bwalya said it was disappointing to listen to FDD president Edith Nawakwi suggesting that President Lungu and Mr Hichilema should engage in a punch-up to end their differences.

“I condemn the statement from Ms Edith Nawakwi that President Lungu and HH should engage in a duel of fists to end the violence.

“This is very regrettable especially coming from a leader of an opposition party who after the indaba made some good pronouncements about working together to end violence. President Lungu is a peaceful man and does not engage in fists to resolve issues and I want to believe that even HH is not like that,” he said.

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