Copperbelt province Permanent Secretary, Jennipher Musonda, is happy with assurances from management at Luanshya Copper mines, LCM, that the payment of terminal benefits to workers is on schedule and that the status of mine and equipment is stable.
Mrs Musonda said this in Luanshya today during an on the spot check of the status of the mine and equipment especially the Raise Browler, a drilling machine that was believed to have been leased out and only returned with some parts missing.
She told LCM Chief Operations Officer, James Bethel, that government had received disturbing reports that the Raise Bowler had some parts missing and hence her visit to the mine.
And Mr Bethel explained that the missing parts on the Raise Bowler which included the cutters and some levers were the property of Chambeshi NFC adding that it was just the head of the same machine which belonged to LCM.
Mr Bethel confirmed that the drilling machine was back from Chambeshi and was at Baluba mine in the same condition it was gotten.
He also said his company had repaired an extra pump for water from the mines adding that the water levels had reduced insignificantly.
He also said the workers had started getting payslips for their terminal benefits and money will be transferred to their respective banks tomorrow.
He said his company retained 170 employees for care and maintenance with additional 200 people to look into the security of the mine noting that the suggested 800 workers by the unions was impractical to maintain by the investor.
He assured the permanent secretary that no machine will be removed from the mine premises as directed by Mines minister Maxwell Mwale adding that additional 23 police officers have been deployed to the area to ensure that no equipment was removed or vandalized.