KCM Corporate Affairs Director Eugene Chungu has confirmed that the contracts for Elioyoni, Lukoria and Mpelembe Drilling have expired.
Chungu said the three had been working at Nchanga underground mine which has since been placed on care and maintenance until the mining firm restocks acid to treat the minerals being mined.
And Mineworkers Union of Zambia President Joseph Chewe has challenged government to find suitable mine investors to take over operations at Konkola Copper Mines.
Chewe has charged that the current investor had failed to run the mine and need to leave the country before they send everyone on the street.
He said mine unions were “tired of same old stories at Konkola Copper Mines” and now want others to be engaged because the current ones had allegedly failed.
“We are worried with reports of job cuts at konkola Copper Mines every time. We demand that KCM ceases operations and allow other investors to take over,” said Chewe during a media briefing in Kitwe.
Chewe, who spoke on behalf of two other unions – the United Mineworkers Union of Zambia (UMUZ) and National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) – has challenged government to state its position over happenings at Konkola Copper Mines.