Govt gives Luanshya tailings dams to ‘youths’

Govt gives Luanshya tailings dams to ‘youths’

……after Luanshya copper mines refuses to surrender Black Mountain

– Another bitter controversy coming

Government has opted to offer the old Chonga and Akatiti tailings dams after Luanshya Copper Mines refused to surrender the black mountain claiming that the mine was using the slag from the back mountain to prolong the lifespan of Baluba mine. Baluba Mine has a lifespan of about 3 years and is scheduled to wind up operations by 2021. But with construction of the slag reclamation plant to treat the slag from the old dumps, Baluba Mine lifespan will be extended for another 5 years. Luanshya Copper Mines has been treating slag from the black mountain since April 2014. The Chonga and Katiti tailings dams, located near Roan section 1 township contain material from the old Luanshya Concentrator.
Meanwhile the Chinese ambassador has complained to State House that criminals masquerading as PF youths have continued disrupt and jeoparding operations at Luanshya Mine concentrator located near Roan section 3.

The ambassador revealed that well known criminals have continued to disrupt operations at the mine and whenever they are arrested and detained by Zambia police, senior Government officials have always ordered the police to release these criminals. The ambassador disclosed that early this year the same criminals stormed the mine in broad daylight and claimed that the DC had advised them to seek audience with the CEO. The ambassador requested the government to clearly state its policy on private property because there was a perception created now in the mining industry that government was grabbing private property. You cannot tackle youth unemployment by grabbing private property and giving it to a few selfish individuals.

The ambassador said that the asserts which China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC) bought from Enya Holdings in 2009 are clearly stated in the sale and purchase agreement and there is no dispute whatsoever. The 2 slag dumps are clearly listed as part of the sale and purchase agreement. What is not in the agreement are the 2 tailings dams namely Chonga and Katiti and most government officials have been confusing the slag dumps with the tailing dams; the 2 are not the same. The 2 slag dams together with the 3 de commissioned shafts namely shaft no. 14, 18 and 28 were all part of the assets CNMC bought from ENYA holdings BV.

The assets which were not part of the transaction were clearly stated and even now they are not owned by the Mine. These include the Golf Club, Makoma Dam, The hotculture club, the pony club, some institutional houses, surface Locomotives etc.

The 2 tailings dams were previously co owned by the office of Administrator General and ZCCM IH but were transferred to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit under the office of the Vice President after they were re classified as potential disaster owing to continuous de-silting.

Sources at the Ministry of Mines have disclosed that Luanshya Mine, through the Chinese ambassador presented a detailed report to State House on how the mine came up with the plan to prolong the lifespan of Baluba Mine. The plan, which had earlier also been presented to then minister of mines Christopher Yaluma in 2013 and copied to then minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda, indicated clearly that the mine had set up a slag reclamation plant at its concentrator and would commission it in June 2014 in order to help prolong the lifespan of Baluba mine.
“You know that the youths have been pushing for the black mountain in Luanshya, obviously because of what happened in Kitwe, but it is difficult in Luanshya because first of all the Chinese have proved that the black mountain belongs to the legally, they provided the sale and purchase agreement and it was kind of embarrassing because the ministers who visited the mine in February had briefed the president and told him that the ownership was not clear”, said the source.
Meanwhile a report by the Office of the President (OP) has revealed that politicians and some members of parliament on the coperbelt are using poor youths to agitate for the grabbing of slag dumps from mining firms and once the dumps are grabbed, the youths do not benefit anything. The report by the OP also confirms that the 2 slag dumps in Luanshya legally belong to CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines as confirmed by the sale and purchase agreement.

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    rubbish 2 weeks ago

    Ma labishi yeka yeka. You are in Australua and lying like this?? With plenty innuendo and no facts!

    And this sale of Zambia to foreign interests is happening now as we speak so what are talking about?? Whether Anglo buys or Chinese buy it is still foreign. At least Anglo american started the mines and they were invited back not by UPND but by Frederick Chiluba

    So please stop lying to people because you hate HH and Tongas. And dont lie about Zambians this Zambians that because 50 % Zambian did vote for UPND and HH

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    …_They sold the soul to the devil: it’s now deliver the country or your soul_

    By Mweemba Habazoka

    The United Party for National Development (UPND) was formed in December 1998. The Party turns 20 years old in December 2018. Today its desperation has reached an all-time high because time is running out for them to either deliver the country or their soul. The patience of their 20-year-old-financiers have continued to wear thin and thin by the failure of the party to deliver as per their promise despite the financiers’ unwavering financial commitments that resulted in its leaders’ immense wealth which they stand to lose as per deal they signed almost 22 years ago in the run up to infamous privatisation exercise in Zambia. The UPND is fixed between the rock and the hard place as on one hand, Zambians have refused to toll their line while on the other, UPND’s top leadership especially its past and current President’s rented wealth is threatened by its true owners, the mining conglomerate, Anglo-America, which continues to fund Hakainde Hichilema through Brenthurst Foundation in South Africa.

    On 25th August 2015, Hichilema, while addressing a rally in Chingola vowed to chase Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and bring back Anglo-America. See:

    Did he say that? Yes he did because his masters asked him to!

    That statement was not an innocent one but spoke to everything that UPND and Hichilema are all about – fronts of white capital with interests in Zambia’s mineral wealth!

    *How it all began:*

    The former illegitimate mining corporation that lost its mining rights to the Zambian government in 1970 has never rested. In the wake of multi-party democracy, this corporation saw privatisation as an opportunity to regain its mineral rights across the country. To this effect, it fronted its ‘men’ both in government and in the private sector to champion their cause. Hichilema himself was one of the fronts of the foreign interest that resulted in him landing a top position as Lead in the Sell of Subsidiary assets while late Anderson Mazoka, a former employee of the Anglo-American Corporation would lobby from within the Party as a member of the MMD at the time. This ‘well calculated’ ploy gave rise to the inflow of cash to individuals involved most of which would be used to buy off some of the strategic government enterprises that would later leave many Zambians out of employment and thrown into untold destitution. Hichilema himself benefitted immensely from this transaction landing him and his birds of the feathers, strategic businesses.

    I can borrow from the words of former Zambia Privatisation Agency Director, Mr. James Matale who in an interview with Bivan Saluseki on the Sunday 16th of December 2007, described privatisation as an act of unprecedented vandalism.  Yes, it was, and what is even worse, the vandals would return to claim to be messiahs to the very people they wantonly condemned into misery. How cheek!

    Hichilema along with his colleagues sold their souls to the powerful business interests and in the process lined up to take pot luck of this country’s enterprises and assets as though they were goods falling from the back of a delivery truck.

    This ploy would later fail to deliver results to their ‘masters’, all thanks to the street savvy of the Fredrick Chiluba’s government. The government refused to offer some fake corporation established to procure the entire mining conglomerate to the annoyance of monopoly capital that had already invested heavily through the greedy Zambians both in the then MMD government as well as in the privatisation process. In 1998 when the privatisation of the mines was almost concluded, the schemers had to engage into plan B. This gave rise to the birth of the UPND in December of the same year 1998 with Mazoka as its leader and with an even heavy flow of cash from the foreign corporation for party mobilisation. They pinned their hopes on the disastrous outcomes of a poorly implemented privatisation to muzzle power and ultimately deliver their promise to their financier.  It follows therefore that UPND was never founded on any grounded political ideology other than as a tool for foreign monopoly capital hell bent on recapturing the country’s natural resources especially mineral deposits throughout the country.

    *Setting in of desperation*

    In all their schemes, indications have always looked to be in their favour but ending in the opposite. First was the loss with the privatisation, then the election in 2001 to Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. It is no telling how a party led by a former branch Chairperson of Bauleni Compound could mobilise such huge sums of funds for campaigns if not being bankrolled by the foreign interest for obvious reasons.

    The financiers suffered yet another setback with the death of their principal on the 24th of May, 2006 a few months before yet another ‘promising opportunity’ for business interest as elections were fast approaching under which UPND had earned itself a lead place in the UDA Pact seen as a formidable force to unseat the MMD of Levy Mwanawasa.

    However, there was a problem, since UPND was not a political party as its members believed it to be, but a well-orchestrated business interest formation operating under the puppet strings of international big business. To retain its interest, the financiers had to bring on board one of its own to take the lead and continue from where Mazoka had left it.

    To make it easy for Hichilema’s ascendance, Mazoka’s cousin, Rex Natala on June 6th 2006 would initiate a tribal campaign that would eliminate other eminent and better suited contenders following the, ‘only a tonga must replace Mazoka’ statement. Bad as this open tribalism was, something worse was brewing underneath. Hichilema was to be made leader not only of UPND but of UDA as he was the only near alternative having been a core proponent of the ‘evil genius’ agreement between the UPND and its funders.

    Any takeover by another person be it its then Vice President Sakwiba Sikota or its spokesperson Patrick Chisanga whose eligibility was already discounted based on tribe would mean a lost cause for their funders. That is how Hichilema had to move from the boardroom enjoying his wealth gotten from privatisation into the not known arena of politics. There was no way he would refuse his new deployment because he owed his wealth to the UPND financier’s generosity. The rest as you know are multiple losses.

    As the UPND approaches 20 years of its existence and over two (2) decades of foreign-based business interest’s consistent financing, patience has totally waned. Hichilema and UPND has failed to deliver any returns on their financier’s investments for such a protracted period. The party, especially its leader, has been given strict conditions to deliver the country to them by any means necessary or lose everything he has benefited since entering into a pact with them. This explains the desperation that Zambians have been subjected to since 2015. Hichilema and his UPND have tried with no success to destabilise the country with the aim of installing himself as President to the pleasure of his funders who he owes his life with no success. This explains such desperate manoeuvres that include but not limited to the following:

            i.        Calling for international suctions on Zambia to stifle the citizen’s livelihood so as to result in an uprising;

           ii.        Calling for a bloody uprising by his supporters in September 2006 when he declared that they were now freedom fighters who should engage in a physical fight.

          iii.        Childishly call on the Zambian military to emulate their Zimbabwean counterparts to take over power from the bonafide Republican President. The period saw a barrage of attention seeking publicity tantrums by HH and his minions in an effort to incite the citizens with no results.

         iv.        In his usual cut and paste style, Hichilema has not failed to relate developments elsewhere to the Zambia context. The case in point his copying on the South African developments that resulted to the recall of President Jacob Zuma, with him forcing his members of parliament to initiate an impeachment motion in parliament.  The subsequent development is the clandestine efforts to buy his way to victory by paying off members of parliament to vote in favour.

    This is albeit the fact that matters raised either rarely relate to the President himself or cannot be admitted in parliament due to their being active in court.

    It follows therefore that these desperate acts by Hichilema and UPND are acts of a man in political and economic intensive care unit whose life is dependent on financial life support machine to which his financiers hold the final say as to when it should be switched off.  

    Hichilema is a troubled man who cannot stomach the imminent loss of his rented wealth that some Zambians have believed he had earned genuinely. Now he is embarking on what Bembas term, *‘tufilile munsenga’*, he would rather, see the country burn up in flames than to live to see the day he will fall from grace for all to see how much of a phoney he has been all these years.

    I would not be surprised to see some more attempts by Hichilema and UPND to derail the government through more attention seeking antiques.

    Zambians should not be surprised, I repeat to hear that Hichilema and UPND is have taken Edgar Lungu or the Patriotic Front party to court all in the aim of wanting to show his discontented funders that he still has some life left in him.
    I am calling on all well-meaning Zambians to ignore and dismiss Hichilema’s and UPND’s attention seeking drama with the utmost contempt it deserves.

    To all the citizens, I urge you all to remain patriotic to the Country, stand guard to defend it against selfish people who want to deprive you and your children’s children their rightful heritance. We only have one country as such; let us protect it from villains that have hired themselves to the foreign business interests. UPND must be reminded that Zambia is not for auctioning to the highest bidder such as Anglo-America.

    Zambians can look to any other political party but not UPND. This is a party that entered into a pact with the ‘devil’ to hand over the country’s wealth in the hands of the monopoly capital.

    _The author is a scholar and once UPND in 2008. He is based in Sydney, Australia._