Government has urged Mopani Copper Mines to rethink its decision to place its Nkana and Mufulira mines on care and maintenance and open dialogue to find solutions to the challenges they are facing.
Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa said government is open to dialogue not only with Mopani but other mining companies on the challenges they may be facing in their operations.
Speaking on Capital FM this afternoon, Mr Musukwa said Government cannot allow arbitrary closure of the two mines but can at the moment only entertain scaling down of operations by the mining company.
He said Mopani Copper Mines is hiding under the cover of COVID-19 to cease operations in Zambia and has challenged them to be transparent and clearly state why they want to put their mines on care and maintenance.
Mr Musukwa said the reasons advanced by Mopani today for placing its mines in Kitwe and Mufulira under Care and Maintenance are very inconsistent with what they said yesterday in a video conferencing