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.