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‘Copperbelt back in business,’ Hichilema says as Shaft 28 mine commissioned in Luanshya


President Hakainde Hichilema has asked for patience as his government resolves challenges in the mining industry one at a time.

“We have fixed Mopani Copper Mine (MCM), we are fixing Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) and we have just fixed Shaft 28, the Copperbelt is back to business ,” President Hichilema said.

He said this when he addressed Luanshya residents on Thursday after witnessing the lowering of dewatering pumps of the Shaft 28.

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President Hichilema cautioned Zambians against listening to critics who thought the problems facing the mine were insurmountable.

He thanked Luanshya residents for being resilient during the difficult time when the mine went under for 23 years.

President Hichilema said the opposition should not deceive the people of the Copperbelt adding that Shaft 28 was a game changer.

He said his administration was building roads among other developmental projects in Luanshya and the Copperbelt as a whole.

“Thank you for believing in us with Shaft 28 coming on stream, employment opportunities are assured, you should continue your patience, we are doing one thing at a time; yesterday it was Mopani, tomorrow KCM like that…So let us work together and take the country forward,” President Hichilema said.

Copperbelt Minister, Elisha Matambo, paid tribute to President Hichilema for providing leadership in bringing the mines to life.

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