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Miners in Kitwe protest against Mopani mining company

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Dozens of Mopani Copper Mines workers have this afternoon, marched through Kitwe Town Center to register their displeasure against Glencore’s decision to place the mine under care and maintenance for three months.

The move by the mining company came few hours after the government had shot the idea down of sending employees home while placing the firm under maintainance for three months.

The governemnt had told the mining company not to proceed with the idea, but the company defied the state’s call and went ahead to close shop and sent workers home.

Meanwhile, the miners were joined by stakeholders such as the Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors who were calling on Mopani Copper Mines to reopen immediately or surrender its mining license to government.

At the time of publishing the miners were waiting to be addressed by union leaders and Members of Parliament from Kitwe and Mufulira.

Earlier, Mine Workers Union of Zambia President Joseph Chewe charged that Mopani must resume operations or leave Zambia.

Meanwhile, a similar protest has characterized Mufulira town where aggrieved workers have petitioned government through the District Commissioner’s office.

Explaining their position to close for maintenance, the company said the economic environment had depreciated gravely, making it hard for the firm to continue operating. But the government said the move was unwarranted.

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