State House has clarified that President Edgar Lungu will not be meeting the Vedanta chairman, Mr. Anil Agarwal or his representatives as he embarks on his state visit in India.
In a statement from India, State House Spokesperson Isaac Chipampe said there has been numerous queries and speculation that President Lungu will be meeting Mr Agarwal and that he is here at the invitation of the businessman.
“As informed last week by State House, the nation is hereby informed once again that his Excellency the President is in India at the invitation of India President His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind.”
Mr Chipampe said President Lungu is expected to meet representatives from 12 Zambian based Indian companies and KCM whose majority shareholder is Vedanta, is not one of them.
He said President Lungu has already stated that the Zambian government will follow the Zambian people’s wish over the KCM issue.