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President Hichilema Terminates Contract for Mines PS

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President Hakainde Hichilema has terminated the contract of Mooya Lumamba as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development. The termination comes after several government officials were implicated in the illegal mining and export of Sugelite gemstones from Muombe Mine in Sub-Chief Kunda-Mfumu chiefdom in Chembe district.

In a statement issued to the media by Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, President Hichilema thanked Mr Lumamba for his services rendered to government and wished him well for the future. “The President has decided to terminate the contract of Mr Mooya Lumamba with immediate effect pursuant to the provision of Article 92 as read with Article 270 of the Constitution of Zambia,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, former Ambassador to Ethiopia, Emmanuel Mwamba, has called for a comprehensive investigation into the illegal mining and export of Sugelite gemstones from Muombe Mine. Speaking to journalists, Mwamba expressed concern about the alleged involvement of government officials in the scandal. “We want to know who provided police security for three weeks when the illegal operations and illegal mining were taking place,” he said.

Mwamba also questioned the role of Bayarn Company, the current owner of the mine, in the scandal. “The company currently holds mineral exploration rights. What was their role?” he asked.

Last year, UPND Deputy National Chairperson for Administration Stephen Chikota had a confrontation with police in Muombe area following his attempt to force his way to the mining site. Chikota accused Luapula Minister and Cabinet Ministers from Lusaka of abetting illegal mining of Sugelite gemstones. “Instead of the government investigating Chikota’s allegations, they concentrated on criminalizing Chikota’s trespass action at the mine,” Mwamba noted.

President Hichilema has yet to respond to the calls for a comprehensive investigation into the illegal mining and export of Sugelite gemstones from Muombe Mine. However, Mwamba believes that the recent actions against public officials are a knee-jerk and belated reaction to a long-standing problem of illegal mining and theft of the mineral. “The President has failed to attend to the credible reports that the mine owner and Cabinet Ministers were allegedly engaged in illegal mining and export of the rare gemstones,” he added.

The termination of Mooya Lumamba’s contract comes after the President also fired five other senior government officials over the scandal. As investigations into the matter continue, it remains to be seen what other actions the government will take to address the issue of illegal mining and theft of mineral resources in Zambia.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Sad for my long standing friend Mooya. He’s always been upright and only hope he’s being used as a sacrifice in order to accommodate the one from the ZMC.

    • Deja Vu always here to defend thieves plus we are not surprised he is your mate…really laughable

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    • Use your brains comrade. I’m not supporting Lumamba. I am only surprised that he could be involved in such. I have worked with him since he came from Unza except the time he went to work in Botswana. I have also known his likely replacement… he’s been vehemently supporting your support for foreigners

  2. Does the constitution allow the president to fire Mutale? I am wondering since Mutale is not a presidential appointee.

    • She cannot be fired she can only be removed by impeachment from parliament. In Malawi the vice president who was at logger heads finished her term fully.

  3. Mr President if you are going to fire a PS surely the minister must be involved as well as no way would a PS do things behind the ministers back….PS may be the CEO of the ministry but the minister pulls the strings. I have told HH time and time again that he needs a reshuffle but has ignored and stuck with useless entities like Kabuswe and Chushi…they will continue to embarass you.

  4. Sacrificial firing to hide their tribalism. Fire a tonga so that people don’t accuse them of being tribal

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