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Sunday, January 17, 2021

KCM is now PF’s cash cow-HH

Headlines KCM is now PF’s cash cow-HH

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema has accused the Patriotic Front of using Konkola Copper Mines as a cash cow aimed at benefitting party cadres.

And Mr. Hichilema says the PF is creating a perception that it cares about the plight of miners at KCM when in fact not.

Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Hichilema said the PF disregarded any advice from stakeholders who initially opposed Vendetta taking over the mine saying it is now surprising that they are against the investor.

Mr. Hichilema says what is happening at KCM is total abuse by the PF and that it must not be left to go on.

The UPND has called on Miners at KCM not to trust the promises the PF is making describing them as mere politics gymnastics.

Mr Hichilema has also called on the PF-led Government to pay redundancy packages for KCM miners all once and not in installments.

He has condemned the proposed mode of payment and demanded that all miners be paid their packages all at once and in full.

Mr. Hichilema said that the proposed repayment mode of redundancy packages in three instalments to KCM employees has led to unjustified anxieties among miners.

“We hear that they want to pay the miners in three instalments with the first one on 1st March and the second one being at the end of September 2021. And the last installment they plan to pay 6 months after September, 2021. As UPND we agree with the miners that this payment mode is undesirable,” he said.

He has since proposed a lumpsome payment of KCM miners, adding that the previous incidences where PF failed to pay miners after changes of ownership of parastatals were a cause for concern.

“Due to the poor track record of the PF, we therefore, propose that any amount that arises from the splitting of the company must be paid in full. If you want to pay in February, pay the amount in full because there are concerns that amounts that are due to some workers from the previous changes of ownership have still not been paid,” he said.

63 COMMENTS

    • MMD with HH at the top of privatisation..PF was not yet born ,so how did they disregard the so called call from which stake holders.

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    • Wrong answer @ .com, the correct answer to @ John Zulu is “The government under leadership of MMD policy on privatization sold the mines” You don’t split hairs for self gratification of agenda! Dead issue, Zambians chose the leaders in government whose decisions regarding the mines made us all losers and the recovery path is nowhere near clear!

  1. “Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Hichilema said the PF disregarded any advice from stakeholders who initially opposed Vendetta taking over the mine saying it is now surprising that they are against the investor.”
    Ba LT, was PF in power at the time VEDANTA took over the mine or it was in MMD ,mwanawasa’s time. REPORTING YA fake.

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  2. It is now public knowledge that Anil Argawal owns some Anglo assets and that hh is heavily funded by Anglo. He promised miners in 2016 that he would bring Anglo back should he assume office. What you need to tell Zambians is what is upnds mining policy, are you going to sell all the mines back to Anglo and other foreigners?? Your chairman for mines called on GRZ to hand KCM back to Vedanta, what’s your take on that????

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  3. @ John Zulu
    How old are you? Where were you when Francis Kaunda and Edith Nawakwi were selling ZCCM assets.
    Are you a blind and brainwashed PF cadre.

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  4. HH is the wrong person to talk about mines. He is the wrong person to talk about the plight of workers. When he was selling the mines for a song did he insure the workers were paid.

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  5. The PF plan to split KCM into two entities so that the Chinese can take over in exchange for the commercial debt they owe.
    Zambians need to watch the PF and Chinese investors carefully.

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    • Mukamweene Mweemba Just like it is trying very hard to ensure that Zambians have enough expired medications and defective condoms available to every innocent Zambians te? You, @Mukamweene Mweemba, are the one changing the story.
      The govt. Is really working hard indeed, trying to kill us.

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    • Timothy Kipembele Oh no!!! Maybe that is your focus, but definitely not mine. Mine, is on ZAMBIA as a whole, HH will break the bigger problem into pieces for us to understand, but he is in no way focussed just on KCM alone.
      For us, the whole problem is on Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s head. Public funds have been heavily embezzled, corruption in Zambia is at levels, never seen or heard before, and KCM problem stems from corruption, Zambians have been exposed to expired drugs and defective condoms (come-on, who does that?)
      A country’s wellbeing is not driven just by one thing ba boss. It is like a human body, when the brain is sick, everything in the body goes out if wack.
      If we as a country do not see that the bad situation in ZAMBIA is beyond redemption under ECL and PF, may Covid-19 do it’s job.

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    • Chishala Patrick Kunda that’s a fallacy. The article to which Mukamweene Mweemba reacted to is about KCM. Anyway, it’s so misfortune that what ever your leader says, good or bad, your agree with him. Whether there is a solution or not, you agree with him. The fixing slogan is a hoax. No.one person has the solutions for this country. But whenever those in power do something commendable, it’s just right that we recognize that. Promising to fix any perceived current problem only when in power is day light hallucination. The future has it’s own challnges and problems. How will he deal with those if he will be bent on fixing old issues?

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    • See how you have a tendency if bundling things together to escape facts.
      What is so fallacious about my statement, tell me!
      You can not be a president for infrastural development alone. As a president, ECLvjlhas failed to see ZAMBIA using a bird’s eye view, to him it all starts and ends where he can sonta, awe tefyo chilingile ukuba yama.

      His slogan, Bally will fix it simply means, he will be in charge. It is no secret, ECL has lost control, as evidenced by most his appointees bad behavior ( or us it lack of it).
      Instead of governing the country, he has been in campaign mode since his inauguration, he is too insecure to secure this country. He can not even face a press conference sure??
      Now, that’s no fallacy. My friend!

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  6. you were condemning the chasing of Indians by ecl,let the Indians vote for you .actually you are just wasting your time ,who can trust you wallah kikikiki alila icikonko kikiki where are your Indians call them to vote for you kikikiki

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  7. some people do not talk about issues which you don’t understand ,bashi mine we are behind ECL,We are not going to change. wala

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  8. I have never heard HH or UPND refer to their Manifesto whenever the comment on policy. I am sure the whole of the manifesto is filled with the word “selling”. The person they seem to envy Sata was always referring and quoting his manifesto. Does UPND even has a manifesto or like anything else the will show us the manifesto when we vote for them.

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  9. hh promised to bring back Anglo,we know this Indians are in Anglo whom do you cheat,miners remember the sufferings in Vedanta, hh wants to take us back to Vedanta shame

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  10. HH unfortunately is not smart. He speaks expired info and most of the time that written for him. He can’st initiate a proactive thought pattern. For example in his speech he says (Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday, the PF disregarded any advice from stakeholders who initially opposed Vedanta taking over the mine saying it is now surprising that they are against the investor). Is it PF Government which sold KCM to Vedanta or MMD? If he was not acting as a Parrot he would have noted that misrepresentation of facts.
    Secondly, all this while he has been proposing giving back the mines to the Indians totally disregarding National patriotism and Miners solidarity. Now that PF government has acted on the needs of the Miners who are currently happy so far and have already presented the…

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    • Agreed it’s not PF then that was the party in government but MMD when the mines were sold. With that said PF is now in government with policies being directed by MMD crossovers! So if these MMD turncoats are making decisions under PF are they not going against their very own privatization policy on the mines? Anyway working governments are supposed to inherit and build on good policies of a preceding administration while refining or introducing revisions and new approaches for solutions! Anything to do with the mines is a mess beyond the partisan comments here serving nothing valuable to those trying to find solutions!

  11. hh is heavily funded by Anglo/Vedanta so that he can bring them back,remember we miners chased them no matter what you’re going to say we are not going to change,all the miners its 2021 Edgar chagwa lungu dinda

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  12. ba hh is it PF or its MMD you sold the mines with ,by the way that time you were preoccupied with own interest no wander you failed to provide proper advise.instead you became the richest man shame

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  13. Under 5, Under 5, it’s not PF that handed the mines over to Vedanta. You are feeling the pressure as we draw closer to 12 August. Ukose boyi

    By the way we are talking to Trump???

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  14. If HH is serious winning this years elections he needs to come clean on 1. Only a Tonga can be UPND president, 2. privatization saga 3. dual NRCs. Miners will never make a mistake of allowing someone who made several miners jobless in state house.

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  15. And the mines were your cash cow when you sold them for peanuts to buy your million cows. Give back to Zambians what you stole from them. Don’t worry, the inquiry into privatisation is coming soon. Wasamwa hh. Just wait

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  16. most PF cadres they are just vutikaling muma kumboni, they just try to keep up appearances otherwise THELIZ NO empowernment, niba ba malingerer chabe.

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  17. most PF cadres are just vutikaling muma kumboni, they just try to keep up appearances otherwise THELIZ NO empowernment, niba ba malingerer chabe.

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  18. I think HH is missing the point.By splitting KCM into two,there will be more job opportunities ;each entity will have a CEO, Finance Dept, Human Resource etc which will result in more employees in aggregate and so in terms of job creation, this is a better option.

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  19. If PF did not take over KCM to fund their campains , let them show us the financial books of KCM , where is the money going to ????

    Or is such financial information top PF secreate

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  20. The people against this do not even live in Zambia. They are being kept by their masters in diaspora. So do not take what they say seriously. These f00ls have not visited Zambia for decades. Some of them are fighting for their stay there abroad and cannot even travel out of those countries out of fear of not being allowed back in. The likes of akaps

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  21. KZ

    Hehehehe…..

    akapS = Spaka ,

    The most influential blogger.
    We lead the narrative.

    When we say , tomorrow you see others pressuring PF and lungu on what we said…..

    Now we are saying , Lungu told us KCM is running well , show us where the money is going if it is not going to PF campains …….???

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  22. Politics and business never mixes properly other than making regulations and imposing taxes on entities. HH is right but no one is taking him seriously. This liquidator Milingo is a new kid on the scene and is wielding too much power disregarding the courts, The KCM matter is still to be resolved under arbitration in RSA and PF is taking it lightly. At the rate this case is being handled Vandeta Resources shall walk away from Zambia with big smile on their face plus huge US$ Billion cheque which the Zambian tax payers are going to cough out. We failed to run the mines under ZCCM hence the last resort of selling them of to the private entities. Those investors who bought the mines had signed agreements with then MMD GRZ and to protect such investments, there some clauses to deter either…

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  23. So, Davies Mwila lied that all thieving PF ministers have paid back the money when Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu has denied ever receiving that money. PF is cheap with lies – break fast lies, lunch time lies, dinner time lies – sleeping and dreaming lies. Lies and stealing is PF government.

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  24. The similarities between HH and Trump are very strong. The guy just speaks whatever comes to his head with no regard to the facts. Surely one would wonder how PF would be advised not to sale the KCM when PF was not in Power when KCN was sold to Vedanta.

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  25. Mr Hichilema you stu.pid,i.diot, what do you take us for! Are you not the same idi.ot who was the consultant during privatization, When you and your friends where selling parastatal companies like fritters or ground nuts you should have thought of the impact of privatization and it’s terrible results, Today you want act as if you have a heart for the people of Zambia. My foot. You are the same dem.on from hell who refused to give a K 10.00 to a fuel who was hungary therefore stop pretending has if you have a heart of is nation..

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  26. Mu7 is about to bite the dust, kudos Uganda, Africa needs young energetic leaders who have the heart for the common man, not stashing tax payers money in their back pockets. Bobi is leading in many polling stations so far.

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  27. Museveni has clearly overstayed but is Bobi wine the right guy to take the country forward?? Does he have a solid developmental plan for Uganda or is he riding on its citizens emotional desire for change?? He’s received a lot of funding and support from international backers, what will they ask in return when he assumes office-remember MMD in 1991 and how IMF/WB were the first at plot 1 after their victory???

  28. Bobi Wine has no chance of winning presidential elections in Uganda; the guy is a celebrity who is only famous in urban areas.The key to winning elections in Uganda is to be popular in rural regions like the way Museveni is because 75% of the population is rural based while urban share of population is only a paltry 25%.

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