ZESCO Limited says plans by Kalumbila Mines to lay off 730 workers have nothing to do with the power utility’s electricity restrictions.
ZESCO Limited National Spokesperson Henry Kapata says the current power restrictions stand at 90 Mega Watts for Kalumbila Mine the Mining Firm’s own declaration to the power utility.
Mr. Kapata further explains that the power restriction of 189 Mega watts for Kansanshi Mine was also based on their own declaration which they made to ZESCO in November 2015.
He said the power restrictions were mutually agreed upon by the parties contrary to claims by Kalumbila that the restriction is at 70 megawatts.
Mr. Kapata says ZESCO Limited has an obligation to state the facts following the Mining Firms statement yesterday suggesting that it plans to lay off 730 workers arising from ZESCO’s restriction of power.
He was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Kalumbila Mines has announced plans to lay off 730 workers citing ZESCO Power restrictions.
And Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has challenged Kalumbila Mine in North western province to be truthful over their intentions to retrench 730 workers.
Mr. Kambwili says the mine had requested ZESCO to construct a power line from Lusaka to Kalumbila in a bid to boost production at the mining firm.
Mr. Kambwili added that it is not possible for the Mine to retrench workers over a power line that is currently under construction as requested.
He advised the mining firm to dialogue with Government and ZESCO over the speedy completion of the project.
Kalumbila Minerals limited has since summoned mine Unions to consultative meeting following plans to retrench 730 workers at its 2.1 billion US dollars Trident Sentinel Copper mine in Solwezi North Western province.