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‘Copperbelt region may erupt in protests,’ ex-Minister Lusambo warns as KCM, Mopani mines issues fester


Former Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo, has alleged that people of Copperbelt are planning a peaceful protest over the failure by government to resolve the challenges at Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) and Mopani Copper Mine (MCM).

Lusambo said some residents had informed him that they would not hesitate to conduct peaceful protests if President Hakainde Hichilema did not intervene by June this year.

He said at a press briefing in Lusaka on Saturday that people in the province were disappointed that Hichilema had failed to address the challenges they were facing.

According to Lusambo, Hichilema promised the people of the Copperbelt that the issues would be resolved but that nothing tangible had been done.

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“It is unfair for the people of Copperbelt to continue suffering despite the province being endowed with mineral resources. The people will not be pushed by anyone to demonstrate but they will do it because they are not happy how the New Dawn government is handling the matter.

“President Hakainde Hichilema should do something by June so that people do not rise against him,” he said.

Lusambo advised the UPND administration to act with caution when handling national issues because as it stood now, their governance system was questionable.

He said people on the Copperbelt had trust in the UPND while in opposition but that the goodwill was diminishing.

“Some individuals surrounding Mr Hichilema are misleading the Head of State, which will cost him,” Lusambo stated.

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