KCM smelter resumes operations

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The smelter at Nchanga plant of the now liquidated Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is back in operation. The Smelter halted its operations after the flash disk which has the keys to the license of the software which helps the run the plant allegedly went missing since Monday June 10.

In a statement, Mines and Minerals Development Minster Richard Musukwa says the operations has been restored after the master copy of the key which helped unlock the license was found by smart Zambia.

And Musukwa has revealed that three people have been arrested on suspicion of theft and further warned that those who may want to sabotage the operations again will be dealt with.

“Following the reports of sabotage at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) which we received yesterday, I would like to inform the nation that a comprehensive assessment has been undertaken and that the situation is under control. The culprits have been arrested and investigations are underway. I further wish to inform the nation that Government has stepped up security especially on strategic installations,” Musukwa said.

“The smelter is intact and was not damaged in anyway. What was removed are keys to the license software. KCM has duplicate copies of the keys to the licence software which will be used in the anticipated startup of the smelter. I am therefore appealing to all the workers to be vigilant and avoid being caught up in the evil vice of stripping our own assets.”

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