By Nation Reporter
The electorate on the Copperbelt have been cautioned not to be caught in blatant lies of the opposition politicians who are promising to re-employ the ex-miners if voted into Government.
The warning was issued by Chief Government Spokesperson and Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili in Mufulira yesterday when he addressed a rally at Chawama grounds to drum up support for the PF Kantashi parliamentary candidate Yamfwa Mukanga.
He said such promises by the opposition politicians were blatant lies because they did not determine the price of Copper at the international markets.
“Out of desperation to win the August 11 elections, some opposition leaders are making all sorts of promises, most of which are lies. So, I am cautioning you not to be caught up in these blatant lies of the opposition leaders who are promising to re-employ ex-miners if voted into Government. “They are telling you lies. They can’t re-employ ex-miners because they do not determine the price of copper on the international markets,” he said.
Mr Kambwili explained that miners were retrenched because copper prices dropped from US $8000 to US $4100 while operational costs especially at the old mines were very high.
He said Government tried its best to negotiate with investors in the mining sector to reduce the number of retrenchees which could have been higher had there been no intervention.
He said Government initially secured 4000 hectares of land in Lufwanyama district for the ex-miners and that an additional 2000 hectares had been secured in Njiri forest for those that would not go to Lufwanyama.