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Near fisticuffs as MUZ president, Chewe, brands rival mine union leaders as ‘idiots’(video)


Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president, Joseph Chewe, on Tuesday stormed a meeting after five mine unions accused him and other union leaders of lacking integrity.

This happened at Garden Court Hotel in Kitwe on Tuesday after five mining-sector unions had just concluded having their briefing.

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Enraged Chewe stormed the room where the briefing was held and branded his fellow leaders as “Idiots”.

“These are idiots, they don’t have members but they are misleading the nation, what sort of people are they?” he said angrily.

The other camp had moved to charge at him but were prevailed by attending leaders to avoid a physical confrontation.

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The unions that held a joint briefing included Miners and Allied Workers Union, Mine Contractors Factories, and Allied Workers Union, and Mine Industry Union of Contracting Workers.

The unions accused MUZ, National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) and United Mineworkers of Zambia (UMUZ) of lacking integrity for supporting Vedanta Resources return to Konkola Copper Mine (KCM).

MAWU president, Kelvin Namunji, said MUZ, NUMAW and UMUZ cannot continue to allow the three unions to misrepresent the unions.

“MUZ, NUMAW and UMUZ have no moral right to be in the forefront of calling for Vedanta to return because what they should be doing is apologising to the nation for chasing a good investor,” Namunji stated.

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