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Nkana lawmaker, Mpundu, doubts Mopani mine deal transparently sealed


Nkana Independent Member of Parliament, Binwell Mpundu, has expressed dissatisfaction with government’s explanations regarding the legality of the Mopani Copper Mine (MCM) deal.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing as Mines and Mineral Development Minister, Paul Kabuswe, struggled to explain the legality of the Mopani/IRH transaction and whether the government followed the law or not,” Mpundu expressed.

He said in a statement on Friday that while he acknowledged that Kabuswe was not a lawyer, his explanation on the legality of Mopani had left him very confused.

“I want to think we have a problem.The moment a Minister fails to clearly explain an issue and challenges those asking to go to court then we have a serious problem,” Mpundu said.

President Hichilema accused of breaching constitution in sale of Mopani Copper mine
He accused Kabuswe of doing an injustice on the discussion over the legality of the Mopani deal.

“Look, we all waited for this day when Mopani would get back on the wheels, but we will not support any illegality and the government must clarify the legality of this Mopani transaction for they owe the Zambian people that explanation,” Mpundu said.

He observed that the most important principle on leading people was transparency and accountability hence in the name of accountability and transparency government must clarify the legality of the Mopani transaction.

Mpundu warned that if the law was not followed someone would be answerable one day.

“If the transaction was illegal, the government will hear from me for making me celebrate an illegality and so we should pray it was legally done,” he stated.

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