Residents of Mpatamato in Luanshya Tuesday evening booed and insulted president Edgar Lungu and area MP Chishimba Kambwili
Lungu was forced to cut short the meeting after residents jeered and booed him when he told them to go and re-negotiate their jobs and salaries with mine owners
Miners, their wives, children and a lot of Mpatamato residents most of them affected by job losses waited for Lungu from 14 hours but he only managed to turn up at 19 hours.
The miners and their families had gathered to hear Lungu tell them what he is doing about their job losses, poverty and rising cost of living in the once thriving mining town. But Lungu instead burst into misguided attacks on Anglo-American, which is not even operating in Zambia.
Lungu only stayed for less than 10 minutes. Earlier Copper belt minister Musenge introduced Kambwili but some miners shouted that uyo tatulemufwa (we don’t want that one) don’t even bring him back here. Then Lungu told miners to sort out their issues with mine owners and unions prompting miners to jeer at him. Some residents complained that they thought he had gone to save their jobs but were surprised that he was also sending them to mine owners.
The situation was almost descending into chaos before Lungu was quickly whisked away. Apparently the situation was the same last evening in Mufurila where jobs have been lost but Lungu keeps saying no jobs have been lost.