Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) has decided to cut-off 1, 800 local suppliers and will now be dealing straight with manufacturers, a move aimed to reduce costs by the mining company.
MCM is expected to hold a press briefing tomorrow (Tuesday) where they are expected to talk about the issue of doing away with 1,800 local suppliers in order to deal straight with suppliers and reduce costs.
But, Mine Suppliers and Contractors Association of Zambia (MSCAZ) president Bwalya Mufonka vowed to fight for his members in the association.
Mr Mufonka also urged the government to intervene into the matter because the decision by MCM would worsen the unemployment levels in the country.
He said the contractors and suppliers were creating jobs for the local people, but now that MCM has decided to do away with local suppliers, even the few people who were employed would become jobless.
“Yes, i can confirm that MCM has decided to do away with 1,800 suppliers because they want to be dealing straight with manufacturers. They are saying they want to reduce costs, but as President of MSCAZ,i will fight for the people.
“I would also like to appeal to government to intervene in this issue. It must intervene in a big way to serve the interests of the local people,” He said.
He also urged the government to revive the manufacturing industry so that foreign investors do not have an excuse of denying the local people jobs and business.