Copperbelt Minister, Matambo, says govt keen to promote investments in mining sector


Copperbelt Minister, Elias Matambo, says the United Party for National Development (UPND ) is keen to promote investments in the mining industry.

Matambo said this when he toured and inspected Kabula Mine Company, a Chinese owned company operating under Mukula Mine Investment Limited in Lufwanyama District on Saturday.

He was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development, Zambia Environment and Management (ZEMA), Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), and party officials.

“This was aimed at understanding how the mine is operating as well as to reach a win-win situation for better understanding and economic development in our country. As the new dawn government, we are keen to promoting mining investments,” Matambo stated.

He said President Hakainde Hichilema meant well for the development of Zambia and that was the reason that he had a successful tour of duty of China which enhanced its relationship with the country at the highest level.

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“We were elated that Kabula Mine Company which was set up last year has started operations and over 40 people including the local citizens have been employed by the mine,” Matambo said.

His message to mine management was to look after employees well adding that a well looked after employee was a happy worker and increased production for the betterment of the company and the nation at large.

“As Copperbelt Provincial administration, we will support all developmental investments coming into the province because Copperbelt Province and Zambia as whole is ripe and safe for investment,” Matambo said.

Over concerns on Kanakanshi stream where the mining pit was sitting, he directed ZEMA and WARMA to resolve the matter so that the citizens that lived around the area are not impacted negatively in terms of safe drinking water and the environment.

The Mine Management agreed to address all the concerns that were raised and pledged to sink boreholes in the community to cushion the water challenge as relevant authorities look for a longer lasting solution.

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