The Head of State said on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola a short while ago that the government would not accept to be blackmailed by the mine investors.
He said he has received petitions from different stakeholders that government must repossess Konkola Copper Mines.
“I have come so that I hear from the mine unions and all stakeholders on the operations in the mines. The reason is simple: people have cried. I saw women, some half naked, some mothers crying that they feel cheated by the mining companies, especially KCM and Mopani to some extent. This message is clear. I want to consult Chamber of Mines; I will be meeting them and mineworkers unions to find out what they think. I also have a position and my position is that enough is enough,” President Lungu said.
He said he would follow the law for guidance on how government can proceed to part ways with some mining companies.
“I am aware there is a law in this country which should be followed, the Attorney General is here, the lawyers are here and they will guide us how we will proceed with this divorce,” President Lungu added.
He has told the opposition not perceive his message to the mining companies as “scaring investors”.
President Lungu will have a series of meetings with various stakeholders while on the Copperbelt.