Workers at the Konkola Copper Mines on the Copperbelt Province have staged a peaceful demonstration to air out their grievances.
Among their grievances are the delayed payments of terminal benefits, as well as Vedanta who has dragged Konkola Copper Mines Provisional liquidator, Milingo Lungu and ZCCM-IH to court.
Leading the miners who were accompanied by Copperbelt University students, Mine Union Workers of Zambia (MUZ) President Joseph Chewe said Vendanta contributed to the country’s bad economy, therefore they should not be entertained at all costs.
Mr Chewe noted that the court should do its job by firstly looking at the plight of the miners who he said are now wallowing in abstract poverty.
Mr Chewe noted that miners are hoping for fair judgment on the case, adding that they want their benefits paid as promised.
The United Mines Workers (UMUZ) President James Chansa explained that the mines belong to the Zambian people hence, they do not deserve this kind of suffering that has been initiated by Vedanta.
Mr Chansa observed that if Vendanta continues with the operations of the mines, the miners and the people of Zambia will continue suffering.
And , Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo appealed to the courts of law to consider the plight of the miners.
The MP however called on the miners to remain hopeful and allow the courts to exercise their powers without any distractions.
Meanwhile, Chingola District Commissioner Agnes Tonga who spoke on behalf of the government said President Edgar Lungu does not want to see people suffering at the expense of the investor.
Ms Tonga noted that it is for this reason that the government has rallied behind the miners and ensured that they are taken care of.
She also urged the courts to be fair and just in their ruling, in order for the people of Zambia and the miners to benefit from what rightfully belongs to them.
Ms Tonga further called on all stakeholders to join hands and stand together and ensure that this matter is handled fairly regardless of the political affiliations.