9 November 2013

Zambia: KCM Boss Kumar Loses Permit

THE Government has with immediate effect revoked the work permit for embattled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) chief executive officer (CEO) Kishore Kumar.

Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda, who announced this in Ndola yesterday, said Mr Kumar, who was reported to have fled the country on Thursday, would never work in Zambia.

Mr Shamenda said the KCM boss, who was warned about his attitude towards the Zambian workers in the past, should forget about working in the country.

"I am recommending that Mr Kumar should never work in Zambia and should as well forget about his work permit as he can only come to Zambia as a tourist," Mr Shamenda said.

He warned other investors in the habit of mistreating Zambian workers to change, failure to which they would face the same wrath.

Mr Shamenda said the Government was there to protect the interests of the Zambian workers and that any arrogant investor would not be spared.

The Minister blamed management at KCM for contributing to the departure of their CEO because they never wanted to listen to advice from the Government.

He assured other investors in the country that the Government was not going back to nationalisation, but that all it wanted with KCM was a win-win situation where both parties would not lose but gain.

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