Over 4,000 miners on the Copperbelt have petitioned government to repossess Konkola Copper Mines because the investor, Vedanta Resources, have allegedly failed to run the mine.

The miners, who presented a petition to the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and United Mineworkers Union of Zambia (UMUZ), have accused Vedanta Resources of failing to  focus on mining as stipulated in their licence.

They have strongly urged the government to step in and ask Vedanta Resources to leave and pave way for other investors.

The miners charged that the mining firm had been reduced to a shell.

And Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president Joseph Chewe, who received the petition, expressed worry on how the mining firm has been running its operations.

He said KCM under Vedanta has now resorted to selling scrap metal, further expressing fear that should that continue, Chingola and Chililabombwe will soon turn into ghost towns.

“We share the concerns of our members and we are in full support that Vedanta Resources should leave. Yes, it should leave because it has lamentably failed to carry out mining operations instead it is selling scrap metals,” said Chewe.

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