Chief Naluama of Mazabuka says he is ready to support the Chinese investor who has shown interest to run the closed Albidon Munali Nickel Mine in his Chiefdom.
The chief told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that any investor with meaningful programmes aimed at uplifting the livelihood of the community is welcome in his chiefdom as long as such an investor has been endorsed by government.
Chief Naluama said reports that negotiations between government and the investor have reached an advanced stage has cheered his subjects who had lost jobs at the closed mine.
He said the sudden closure of the mine left families many in financial difficulties as most men in the surrounding community worked at the mine.
Chief Naluama however, urged government to speed up the negotiations and ensure operations resume immediately to avoid the vandalism of equipment.
Meanwhile, Chief Naluama has welcomed the surrender of 1,000 hectares of land to the displaced families by Albidon mine management.
The chief expressed happiness that the mine realised that the land it had acquired was too large for its mining activities.