GOVERNMENT has launched investigations into allegations that some expatriate workers at Kagem Mining Limited in Lufwanyama District are operating without work permits.
Immigration Department director general Moola Milomo confirmed this in an interview yesterday.
Mr Milomo said Immigration officers had since been deployed to assess the situation at Kagem.
"I can confirm that the Immigration Department commenced investigations into allegations that some foreigners at Kagem Mine are operating without work permits and right now a team of Immigration officers are on their way to physically assess what is going on," he said.
Mr Milomo said if found guilty, the expatriates would be prosecuted for failing to comply with the Immigration Act Number 18 of 2010.
The Act states that no foreign officer would be allowed to work locally without a Zambian work permit.
"It is a serious offence for a foreigner to work without a Zambian work permit and if found guilty, those officers will be liable and they will immediately be prosecuted for violating