Thursday, April 18, 2024

Yaluma promises not to leave Chingola till all contractors are paid

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Minister Yaluma making his presentation at the Country Case Study on Zambia session at the 2016 Mining Conference in Cape Town on 10th February.
Minister Yaluma
Hundreds of contractors and their employees have besieged the main entrance to the Konkola Copper Mines general offices in Chingola, demanding to be paid their money.

The slogan chanting protesters are also flashing placards calling for the termination of KCM’s contract.

Dozens of Police officers in full riot gear are manning the gate and restraining the protesters from being violent.

And Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma, who rushed to the scene to address them, promised that he will not leave Chingola until all the contractors are paid the 200 million United States dollars which KCM owes them.

Mr Yaluma says it is unfair for the Vedanta owned firm to fail to pay its contractors who have already met their contractual obligations.

He says President Edgar Lungu has sent him to Chingola to ensure he facilitates for the release of all the funds KCM owes its contractors.

Mr Yaluma has since proceeded to the KCM General offices where he is scheduled to hold a meeting with senior management over the firm’s
failure to pay its contractors.

The meeting is also expected to resolve the issue of polluting water bodies which KCM is accused of.

23 COMMENTS

    • A case of a speck in someone else’s eye while ignoring the plank in yours.
      Government is the biggest debtor to contractors and suppliers.

  1. He will leave as soon as he gets his kickback. These guys are mere jokers who thought that they can run a country without any vision and plan.

  2. Just rhetoric from the minister as usual. The guy played his act in the drama series in Chingola and I am sure he is already out of Chingola by now.

  3. Contractors have to be paid as per contractual agreement, BUT its common knowledge Govt is the No.1 culprit in NOT paying contractors on time. So where does Yaluma get the moral higher ground to tell off KCM? Govt should lead by example. Yaluma is just window dressing.

  4. Is govt sure this is the first tym they are hearing bout contractors not being paid for them to put up a show like this at the last minute? They will neva cease to amaze me.

  5. Tell me something that minister who was talking about local contractors not been good to there workers,how do they pay workers in this case where payments take forever to come through just like government projects. No one is here for us apart from my votes.

  6. bweleleni fye ku lusaka bakalamba, u just want to be paid allowances, #thats our money ka!!!

    u are staying on our expense?????????? iyoooooo

  7. You must have called KCM to Lusaka and invite other ministers to witness what kcm have to say and make a decision there and then. I remember the way Mutati is working whenever he is on duty away from he invites other ministers to witness his tour like he did when he went to Eastern Province regarding the budget. If Joyce Nonde had done the same she could not be in this shameful state.

  8. come back to lusaka and ask mutati to pay the mines their VAT refund then go to chingola and ask KCM to pay the contractors. Otherwise the minister is trying to play politics which he is not good at.

  9. Fi upnd cadres always blame everything said or done by PF members-shame!!you will die with your bitterness.for once support Hon.Yaluma here because what he is doing is what late Sata used to do.Late Levy P.Mwanawasa made a big mistake by giving these mines to indians.these guys are crooks.since 2004,they have been claiming to be making losses.even when copper price was too high,these indians told the whole world that they are making losses.THE BEST PF GOVNT CAN DO IS TO GRAB THESE MINES FROM KCM!!chingola and chililabombwe towns are today like the way kabwe town was during mmd’s time.KCM cant even sponsor Nchanga Rangers FC and Konkola Blades FC.footballers from these two teams go for months minus being paid.its hell.upnd cadres who are mostly based in tongaland cannot know these facts…

    • These UPND and there so loved president caused all this nonsense in the mining sector,Mwanawasa even tried to revamp the sector.

    • @Njimbu: To you everything is about UPND. For you own information, the Contractors have a legal right to sue KCM, it should not take the Minister to start threatening KCM. Govt has to create an Investment friendly environment devoid of politics. Running a mine requires huge risks (LME metal prices) and huge expenditure
      (Opex and Capex) which we do not have. We can not afford to nationalize our mines at this point in time.

  10. GOOD EVENING/ AFTERNOON/ MORNING TO ALL ZAMBIANS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD. I WOULD FIRSTLY LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE NOMINATION. YOU HAVE INDEED REDEEMED YOURSELVES BY NOMINATING ME AS BEST BLOGGER 2016 OF LT AFTER THE STOLEN VOTE BY LUNGU THIS YEAR. NOW I ASK YOU FOR ONE MORE FAVOUR AND THAT IS TO VOTE NEZ AS BEST BLOGGER. AS THINGS STAND MUSHOTA WHO HAS WON THIS IN THE PAST IS LEADING. I SUSPECT MUSHOTA MIGHT BE TAMPERING WITH THE VOTES.THIS MIGHT BE ANOTHER CASE OF THE UGANDAN BUFFOON CAUGHT AT ECZ. PLEASE I ASK YOU ALL TO VOTE NEZ AS BEST BLOGGER. THIS WILL PROVE TO THE RULING PARTY THAT WE DID NOT VOTE FOR LUNGU AND HIS CRONIES. JUST LOOK AT BEST POLITICIAN OF YEAR AND MY BROTHER HH IS LEADING. LET US WHITEWASH THEM. MERRY XMAS AND I THANK YOU ALL. GOD BLESS ZAMBIA. VOTING…

  11. Nonde supports the investor you call her all sorts of names. Yaluma sides with ZAMBIAN workers you insult him too. What’s your agenda?

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