A Kitwe High Court judge has granted a group of Copperbelt copper thieves , known as Jerabos, an interlocutory injunction restraining Nkana Alloy and Tianjin Maolin Technology from preventing them from accessing the copper slug dumpsite, Black Mountain, in Kitwe.
Kitwe High Court judge Isaac Kamwendo granted the provisional order after listening to arguments from the copper thieves through their lawyer and after reading an affidavit in support of the application sworn by Albert Kapalaka.
This is in a case in which the copper thieves, led by Godfrey Kangwa, known as Shimumbi, and Richard Chileshe, known as Chile One, sued the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, Nkana Alloy and Smelting Company Limited, Chambeshi Metals Plc and Tianjin Maolin Technology Company Limited as first, second, third and fourth respondents, respectively, over mining interests at the Black Mountain.
Judge Kamwendo ordered the respondents by themselves, their workers or their agents not to interfere in any way with the plaintiff’s interest by themselves or their workers from accessing the Black Mountain.
The court also restrained Nkana Alloy and Tianjin Technology from claiming authority over the mountain and further restrained them from interfering with the plaintiff’s quiet enjoyment of the mountain until final determination of the matter by the court.