A Ndola based company involved in transportation of Copper concentrates meant for exports by mining companies, has complained of rampart thefts of copper concentrates.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Ndola today, Buks Haulage Limited, operations manager, Artson Munyenda, said the level of theft of copper concentrates on the Copperbelt is increasing at a fast rate.
Mr. Munyenda expressed worry that most of the thefts are committed by suspected Chinese nationals, who are in the country on the pretext of being investors.
He said the situation is also disturbing the transporters involved in the transportation of copper concentrate meant for exports.
He further narrated that trucks for BHL carrying about 198 tonnes of copper concentrates were hijacked by thieves but later intercepted with the help of the police.[quote]
He called on government to put more efforts in addressing the problem before it degenerates into a crisis.
And acting Copperbelt province commanding officer, Danwell Kasonde, also confirmed the increase in thefts of Copper concentrates by suspected Chinese nationals.
Mr Kasonde told ZANIS that the incidents of thefts of copper concentrates by Chinese national has increased.
He, however, said Police are working hard to arrest the situation.
He said lack adequate transport is hampering Police efforts to address the problem, but was quick to mention that the donation a vehicle to the Flying Squad Unit by BHL will go along way in fighting the crime.