Mufulira District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe at Mwata Kazembe palace during this year's Mutomboka ceremony in Mwansabombwe
Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe at Mwata Kazembe palace
during this year’s Mutomboka ceremony in Mwansabombwe

Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe has praised the mine rescue team at Mopani Copper Mines in Kitwe for working hard to retrieve the remains of the four miners who died in an underground mine accident last month.

Mr Kabwe said the mine rescue team exhibited professionalism during the rescue operation as the surviving family members were given updates on their findings on a daily basis.

He said this today in a press statement made available to the Zambia News and Information Services(ZANIS) in Lusaka today that Kitwe is going through a difficult period with deep sorrow due to the untimely death of the miners.

Mr Chanda appealed to the residents of Kitwe to give a dignified send-off to the miners who died during the course of their duty as they were determined to ensure that the mining industry continue to develop for the betterment of the future of Zambia..

He also thanked all the Mining Unions, the Church, Mopani Copper Mines, Mines Safety Department and other stakeholders for the support rendered to the bereaved families both materially and financially.

He further hailed families of the deceased for being calm and exercising patience during the mourning period as the mine rescue team searched thoroughly for the remains of the four at the Mopani Copper Mines South Ore Body Shaft.

Mr Chanda said the death of the miners was a big loss for the mining sector and the nation at large because the quartet contributed positively to the development of the country as mining is the mainstay of Zambia’s economy.

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  1. By the way, this was not a “rescue” but a ” recovery”. A rescue is when you get people out alive. Recovery is when you only manage to retrieve the remains. So if you praise the team for recovery as rescue- where will you find the words to praise them when there is an actual rescue ? That is why we should use words and terms appropriately because we only have so many. May the souls of the miners RIP.


    • Exactly what I was thinking. Who taught this guy English? His pronunciations are something else and yet he wants to be in the media all the time. Chill young man.


  2. And the picture above, what has it got to do with the
    recovery of the bodies of the our loving miners? I fail to understand. Can someone explain this to me, may be am missing the whole point.


  3. Chanda,
    Seriously inform the your fellow praise singers to get to work!
    Mona mwaice, the so called rescue teams are now just a shell of themselves since the privitisation of the mines. This is not the way it should be! Get the act together and FORCE THE MINES to run the rescue times the way ZCCM did. Its to their advantage.
    As for mining accidents will always be with us!



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