The opposition United Party for National Development has doubted the PF Government’s capacity to save jobs in the mining industry.
And the opposition political party says it has been vindicated when it suggested that President Lungu’s trip to the Copperbelt was fruitless as seen from the continued job losses in the mining sector.
UPND Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo says the laying off of over 4, 000 miners by Mopani Copper Mines proves that President Lungu’s trip to the Copperbelt was a sheer waste of public resources.
Mr. Lifwekelo says the PF Government lacks the negotiating skills and capacity to save jobs in the mining sector.
He says this should send a signal to President Lungu and his team that time for them to leave office is fast approaching as they are failing to protect thousands of jobs in the mining sector.
Mr. Lifwekelo says it is very clear in the minds of the Zambian people that they made a mistake by voting the PF in office as a lot of things have gone wrong in the country.
Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) has laid off 3,051 workers while 1,249 employees have opted for voluntary separation as part of Glencore’s debt reduction strategy.