Copperbelt Police Commissioner Elias Chushi, Luanshya Officer Commanding Essey Chisenga and Operations Officer Kamau Solochi have been named in illegal mining activities at Luanshya Copper Mines.
Prior to the just ended elections, PF cadres acting on instructions from Chishimba Kambwili and losing Roan parliamentary candidate Nathan Chanda invaded two open pits belonging to Luanshya Copper Mines namely Roan basin and Roan extension west.
Luanshya copper mines reported the matter to Zambia police and were told that the PF cadres would be dealt with after the elections because the issue was political.
But sources at Luanshya police have disclosed that the Copperbelt Police commissioner is benefiting from the illegal mining activities at LCM because the commanders at the pit give money to Mr Chushi, Mrs Chisenga and Mr Solochi on a daily basis.
“The mine has held several meetings with the police command to try and resolve this issue, in fact the latest meeting was even attended by LCM lawyer state counsel William Nyirenda.
What is surprising is that the officer commanding has been holding meetings at her office with the so called commanders who are in charge of the illegal mining activities and they leave huge sums of money “ said the source.
The source said criminals in charge of the illegal mining activities namely Mr Mapande, Humphrey and Kelly have been boasting that they have police bosses on their payroll and therefore no one can touch them.
“We as police want sanity and we therefore want the new government to deal with our bosses. We have heard of cadres being chased from markets and bus stations but why is Mr Chushi failing to deal with these illegal PF miners here? The mine has written to him on several occasions but he keeps filing the letters in his office, we urge the new government to investigate these senior people”, said the source.