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Milingo Lungu was forced to resign from his position by the UPND Government-Nakacinda

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Patriotic Front Information and Publicity Chairperson Hon Raphael Nakacinda has said that Konkola Copper Mines Provisional liquidator Milingo Lungu was forced to resign from his position by the UPND Government.

According to Mr Milingo Lungu’s letter of resignation dated 17th March, no reason was cited for his resignation.

Speaking yesterday during the launch of the PF Copperbelt women Movement, Hon Nakacinda alleged that the resignation has been induced by the UPND Administration in a bid to bring back Vedanta to start running the mines.

He advised the women on the Copperbelt to stand firm and denounce the intentions of the Government to bring back the investors who made the people suffer.

Hon Nakacinda said the Zambian people are already facing difficulties under the UPND Administration due to the high cost of living and would be subjected to more suffering once KCM is given to Vedanta.

Hon Nakacinda has described the current administration as being the weakest Government to have ever ruled Zambia.

“The reason this Government is persecuting Patriotic Front members is that they do not have what to tell the people of Zambia. He is telling lies that the PF destroyed the country. Are you telling me that the infrastructure we built is destruction,” he stated.

Hon Nakacinda said the Zambian people are looking up to the PF for views that represent the people.

He has encouraged the women not to pay attention to paid bloggers who spend their time insulting Patriotic Front Leaders and Former Head of State Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Yesterday, Milingo Lungu, appointed provisional liquidator at Vedanta Resources’ Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia in 2019, announced his resignation on Sunday.

“I’ve resigned. I think I’ve done my part and I don’t think my prolonged stay there, especially if I have to start going to court, is going to be beneficial to the company or any of its stakeholders,” Lungu said in comments broadcast on Lusaka-based, privately owned Diamond TV.

Mr Lungu also confirmed his resignation to Reuters on Sunday.

Zambia’s previous government, which owns 20% of KCM through state mining investment firm ZCCM-IH, handed control of KCM to liquidator Milingo Lungu in 2019, triggering the dispute with Vedanta, which owns the other 80%.

It was not immediately clear what Lungu’s resignation would mean for KCM’s future.

Vedanta has said it is keen to resolve the dispute over KCM and has pledged to invest $1.5 billion into its operations.

In a letter seen by Reuters dated March 17 and addressed to KCM official receiver Natasha Kalimukwa, Lungu said he had resigned, but he did not give any reason for his decision.

“This serves to inform you that I have with immediate effect resigned as provisional liquidator of Konkola Copper Mines,” read the letter, whose authenticity Lungu confirmed to Reuters.

Kalimukwa had moved on March 11 to suspend Lungu after receiving a complaint from ZCCM-IH relating to mismanagement. Lungu refused to go, however, saying Kalimukwa had no power to remove him as he had been appointed by a court.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Among Zambia’s bigger failures are the inability to interpret our own Law. The KCM saga has remained unresolved for a long time because of the confused labyrinth of legal jargon actions. Unfortunately our Courts are equally confused. With due respect, I don’t think I can stand up for Milingo Lungu. He has done well to resign although that won’t won’t add any cubit to his stature. He’s a shame. We’ll wait and see what Govt’s next move will be because the impression they gave us was that Milingo was the hindrance to progress. We are watching

  2. A crack heard will remain a crack head. Isn’t it the same Milingo who was suspended? Who was suspected for stealing K110.4 million and $250,000,00 KCM funds?
    There are no paid cadres, but a batch of sympathizers that you are failing to win back. Had you got a solid strategy, you could win them. Everyday. whenever one of current PF leaders opens their mouth, you spew po.izon which push away those sympathizers. Instead of showing remorse, of what PF did to the Zambian people, you continue to portray PF as a party that was much better than current, and yet there are just a few of you who were benefiting. The majority of Zambians were hungry and haunted with pangas by your cadres. Atleast they are hungry now and NOT worrying about pangas.

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  3. Nakachinda should know the general public has read the resignation letter of Milingo Lungu. If Nakachinda has also read the same letter, then should go back to night school.

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  4. Zambians, despite our anger let us do the right thing. The mine was wrongly obtained from Vendatta and in any objective courts of law, Zambia will incur material legal charges. Hand the mine over and enforce the law.

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  5. PF was worse with retirements in national interest practiced to the fullest. So what is cadre Nakachinda complaining about.

  6. Good riddance to him. He was just put there to milk the company and now the noose is tightening on him so he had no choice but to go to concentrate on his personal well being.

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  7. These people like this guy have no wisdom surely have you not seen the charges on Milongo LUNGU ….how can you even defend someone like that being in such a position. This is why I say PF needs new faces and serious rebranding ….

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  8. If the UPND pressured him, well and good, that man should have resigned ages ago on moral principle. How could he still represent a company he is accused of having stolen from?
    Why didn’t LAZ equally raise a concern about the ethical implication of Milingo’s continued stay as liquidator even though he was court appointed?

  9. A country where thieves and clowns thrive. The educated and solid persons run out to find normal life abroad.

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  10. Remember PF was party that didnt take crimes like murder or rape serious what more corruption…Lazy Lungu pardoned singers who were locked for rape but because they offered to sing campaign songs he released them.

  11. Remember PF was party that didnt take crimes like murder or rape serious what more corruption…Lazy Lungu pardoned singers who were locked for r@pe but because they offered to sing campaign songs he released them

  12. Remember PF was party that didnt take crimes like murder or raaape serious what more corruption…Lazy Lungu pardoned singers who were locked for r@pe but because they offered to sing campaign songs he released them

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