Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge had to be rescued by Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili from angry PF youths who wanted to beat him up at Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport yesterday.
This was during the arrival of President Edgar Lungu who is in the Province on a five day working visit.The cadres carrying placards denouncing Mr Musenge said they are angered by the Minister’s allegations that President Lungu’s financiers are forcibly attempting to take over the Mimbula Mines in Chingola.
They say Mr Musenge has clearly demonstrated that he is not working in line with President Lungu’s administration and demanded for his immediate sacking.
The cadres wanted to lynch Mr Musenge in full view of other party and government officials but quick action by Mr Kambwili prevented further escalation of the situation.This was after the cadres failed to heed to pleas from police officers led by Copperbelt Police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa for them to retreat.
Mr Musenge who was visibly shaken by the action of the cadres was quickly whisked away by Mr Kambwili.But when reached for a comment, Mr Musenge said the cadres were sponsored by his enemies within the party.
Recently Mr.Musenge said that there were some people in the ruling party who wanted to hold him to ransom so that he could allow the takeover of a mine from the Chinese to Zambians, adding that this group of people had put him under pressure to receive bribes.His co-accused Christopher Yaluma has responded saying he did not benefit from the Chinese bribes. Yaluma was transfered from the ministry of mines in the previous cabinet reshuffle.The Chinese insist they are the legimate owners of the Mimbula dumps in Fitula area of Chingola and have been operating in Zambia since 2010 .