President Edgar Lungu has called on Mopani Copper Mine management to handover the mine to the government if they have failed to run it.
President Lungu says government will not allow management to close the mine and lay off workers just because of the challenges the sector is facing.
He says that the miners always accumulated huge profits when the situation in the sector is
vibrate vibrant and wondered why they should rush into closing and laying off workers when things are tough.
The President made the call when he addressed a public rally at Shinde stadium in Mufulira on Monday.
President Lungu re-affirmed that government will not allow Anglo American to take over any of the old mines in the country.
He said that Anglo America should consider setting up their own mines which they abandoned when things were tough.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has advised Zambians to reject tribal politics. President Lungu has further advised Zambians not to be used and misled by political leaders championing regional politics.
Mr Lungu said unlike other political parties, the Patriotic Front is a National Party that accepts members from all tribes and regions.
President Lungu has also advised the Lamba people of the Copperbelt not to accept to be used by desperate political leaders championing tribalism.
President Lungu said Lambas are very good people who have accepted and allowed other tribes from all parts of the country to settle on the Copperbelt.
He said this at Shimukunami school grounds in Lufwanyama District when he addressed a public rally.
President Lungu said the people of Lufwanyama should work with and support the PF because it is the only government that has managed to take development to the area since 1964.
He said this can be seen from the massive infrastructure development projects in the area such as roads, schools and Health centers.
President Lungu assured the people of Lufwanyma that he will ensure that they benefit from the massive wealth in the emerald sector in the district.
The Head of State inspected the newly constructed Lufwanyama district hospital built at a cost of 15 million kwacha. While at the hospital, the Head of state visited some patients at the Health institution.
Earlier in the morning, President Lungu met Lamba Chiefs at the Presidential Lodge in Kitwe where he hosted them during a breakfast meeting.