Tuesday, June 25, 2024

No job losses from Baluba Mine

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Luanshya Mayor, Charles Mulenga has dispelled assertions that over one thousand workers at CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines have lost jobs from the decommissioning of Baluba Mine.

Mr Mulenga said no person has lost employment from the decommissioning of the mine saying information circulating of 1,000 job losses were false and mere political statements from the opposition.

He observed that it was insensitive for some political players to issue disturbing, false and alarming statements that hinged on the lives of the of the people of Luanshya.

Mr Mulenga said his office has information that Baluba mine, CNMC Luanshya Copper mine only had two hundred and sixteen (216) direct employees, who have since been retained.

He added that other workers belonged to the main contractor JCHX who had about 430 employees who have since been redeployed to other stations.

Mr Mulenga disclosed that 74 employees have been deployed to Mukulumpe mine in Chambishi, while 39 workers have been taken to Chililabombwe, with 19 taken to Chingola.

He added that six employers have been deployed to Congo under the same contractor with three others retained at JCHX head office.

Mr Mulenga further indicated that the total workforce at Baluba mine was close to six hundred as opposed to the purported one thousand employees.

He further appealed to politicians to desist from issuing unverified misleading information to gain political mileage.

Mr Mulenga assured the residents of Luanshya that the local authority was engaging relevant stakeholders for the dewatering and reoperationalizing of shaft 28.

Efforts to get a comment from LCM Public Relations Manager, Sydney Chileya proved futile by press time as he was reported to be in a meeting.

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