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State challenges KCM to move Surendra

NKWETO MFULA, Chingola
GOVERNMENT has instructed Vedanta Resources, the owner of Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) in Chingola to transfer its chief commercial controller Purohit Surendra to other mining ventures outside Zambia following his alleged derogatory statements against the authorities.
Minister of Mines and Mineral Development Christopher Yaluma said Mr Surendra had not been helpful to Government in sorting out the debt owed to contractors and suppliers of services and goods for the mining firm.
Mr Yaluma said Mr Surendra had been using derogatory statements against government and that KCM had been given two weeks in which to relocate him from Zambia.
“I do not want to say that he (Mr Surendra) should be deported but that KCM management should ensure that he is relocated from KCM to other establishment outside Zambia,” he said.
Mr Yaluma gave the instruction during a meeting with management following the companies assurance to dismantle the over US$200 million debt owed to contractors and suppliers.
Meanwhile, Chingola Mayor Titus Tembo is concerned about the delay by KCM to pay property rates.
Mr Tembo said then council depended on the K1 million in property rate from KCM to also pay salaries and other obligations.

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