Miners calling themselves the Miners Support Group for the PF on the Copperbelt have endorsed the candidature of President Edgar Lungu in the August 11 general elections, says its chairperson Peter Sinkala.
Mr Sinkala made the announcement of the miners’ decision at the Mine Club in Kitwe on Tuesday.
He said miners had resolved to vote for President Lungu and all aspirants under the PF in the August 11 elections because the Head of State had demonstrated that he was a man of his words.
Mr Sinkala said President Lungu proved his worth during the recent retrenchments in the mining sector by attending to the miners’ needs.
“As miners we have gone through a lot and seen a lot but we are now aware of the things that happened around us.
“We as miners are aware that due to the impending elections, the opposition have taken advantage and are spreading false hopes to us so that they can get votes; we are not going to be fooled, not this time,” said Mr Sinkala.
He said the miners now understood that the recent retrenchments were as a result of global factors and not Government’s fault as was being asserted.
He noted that numerous jobs in mining countries world over were lost and therefore President Lungu was not at fault for the economic shocks experienced.
Mr Sinkala said the miners appreciated President Lungu’s initiatives to empower the miners who were affected by the massive retrenchments in the mining sector.
At the same event, ex-miners and mine contractors also pledged their support for President Lungu and the Patriotic Font.
And PF aspiring parliamentary candidate for Nkana constituency Alexander Chiteme said he was pleased to see the miners and ex-miners pledge their support for the ruling party.
Mr Chiteme, who is proprietor of AAC Mining Contractors, said being an employer in the mining sector, he was equally affected as his firm which supplied to the Democratic Republic of Congo, was temporarily halted until copper prices stabilised on the international market.
He urged the miners not to be misled into believing that the Patriotic Front was to blame for the challenges being faced in the mining sector.
“All countries that have mines are facing similar challenges and Zambia is no exception,” Chiteme said.
Mr Chiteme said he was confident the economy was recovering and soon more people, especially those who were affected by the job cuts, would be re-employed.