ON 24th October, Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe announced that his government would be making a final position on the status of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). He said his office had been engaged in negotiations in terms of finding a new equity partner for the mine and a decision would be announced within a week. A second week is elapsing, but the minister has not gone back to the Copperbelt to make the announcement that he promised the people. This minister put a lot of people, including investors and creditors of the mine in a very expectant mode. Shareholders, suppliers, contractors, mine employees, residents of the Copperbelt and citizens of Zambia in general have been holding their breaths, waiting for this…...

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