By Hon. Bowman Lusambo
PRESIDENT HICHILEMA AND MR. ANIL AGARWAL ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH

Now that the dust from the Cape Town Mining Indaba is settling and President Hichilema is back in his office, we wish to share some thoughts on the event and why we believe it was a waste of time to have our Republican President spend four whole days in the Mother City.

According to State House, they want the whole country to start jumping up and down celebrating FQM’s announcement to invest US$ 1.3 billion into its Zambian mines. President Hichilema’s office calls it landmark, we call it foolhardy.

Another key announcement from the Indaba was Vedanta’s return to KCM. The only interesting part about this announcement is that it was as predictable as daylight.

No matter how much State House tries to camouflage the deal, President Edgar Lungu had warned us during the campaigns that there was a deal entered into between the UPND and Mr. Anil Agarwal, the founder and Chairman of Vedanta Resources and that Mr. Hichilema had secured financial support from Vedanta with a promise to hand back KCM when in office.

The semantics being deployed from Mr. Hichilema’s office and Vedanta over KCM can only go to deceive those that were born yesterday. For some of us who know both Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Agarwal, we say these are bedfellows, they are cut from the same cloth. The two men are perfect for each other because they both don’t mean what they say. They lie about everything including their very existence.

As Copperbelt Minister, I interacted at close proximity with Mr. Agarwal on several occasions. I was Minister for Copperbelt at the height of the KCM care and maintenance crisis and through my interventions, I facilitated a number of high level engagements between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and Mr. Agarwal at which he made a number of commitments including fresh investment pledges. There is no prize for guessing that none of those commitments were adhered to. Therefore, the leaked letter from Vedanta is a facade which should not even be entertained.

Mr. Agarwal and his Vedanta lost their social licence to operate in Chingola and any leader who even attempts to massage Mr. Agarwal’s ego does not deserve to represent any Zambian at any level. Predictably, President Hichilema does not find anything wrong with entertaining a return of Vedanta to KCM.

As for the reported return of Anglo American into Zambia, no surprises there. UPND is funded by the Brenthurst Foundation – an organization established by the Oppenheimer family, founders of Anglo American. It’s time for them to get a return on their 24 year investment in the UPND.

The insist that the Cape Town trip was a miss because it fell into the same old narrative that Zambia can only develop its mining sector through private foreign capital. It is insulting to our collective wisdom to travel to Cape Town to parrot the same old narrative that has failed to improve the lives of our people in mining communities.

The truth is, Zambia has been mining for well over a century. Our rich history in mining should mean that we have a reservoir of both technical and non technical expertise required to operate our mines. A quick glance around the world will show a number of indigenous Zambians operating large scale mining operations in key mining destinations including Peru, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Canada and even in the DRC. We are not short of expertise to run our mines.

As we said at the start of the Cape Town Mining Indaba, this is a trip that President Hichilema should have delegated to Hon. Paul Kabuswe, MP, the Minister of Mines.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Does Lusambo even know the meaning of semantic? I doubt that village idiot even knows how to pronounce the word semantic. Why does the person writing for Lusambo stop hiding behind that buffoon and come out and post his/her own articles? You are ridiculing Lusambo even more because we know he cannot even recite the alphabet!

  2. The writer is hell bent on seeing the status quo at KCM continue. Only a seriously depraved fellow would delight at seeing KCM assets looted and the suffering of communities continue unabated. Be reminded that mining is not just about skills but often requires colossal sums of capital which the country does not have, thanks in part to the PF depleting state coffers and contracting debilitating debts. It is disheartening to read anyone celebrate the destruction of both KCM and Mopani by ECL. The new dawn government would not shut the door on Anglo from risking capital in a mining venture as that could send chills and dampen investments in the mining sub-sector and the entire economy.
    Undoubtedly, the author’s agenda is to see the new dawn administration fail to recharge the economy as that could give PF an outside chance at redemption. Thank God Zambians will not fall prey to such tricks.

  3. And lusambo is cut from the same cloth as Lungu.
    Both are corrupt
    Both are criminals
    Both are tribalist
    Both are stupid
    Both have stolen money from others
    Both are baffoon’s
    Both are wife cheaters

  4. We are quite happy that they are cut from the same cloth.
    Please sign those aggreements shame these PF economic saboteurs.
    We want the copperbelt to be alive again. PF wanted to completely kill it. Vedantta already has majority shareholding in this mine. So what is there to “hand back” to them?
    Lungu whom you dont want us to mention, but you can mention in the deals, wanted money syphoned out and the owners of the company kicked out. ECL appointed Milingo to do this dirty work. Thank God for divine intervention, your evil plans failed. Copperbelt miners are suffering because of your attempts to close this mine. Milingo was tasked with liquidating this company the way you did with the Post.

  5. Very interesting article difficult to ignore. Whether it was written or produced by Hon Lusambo is fairly insignificant to any reasoning and astute reader, analysts or researcher.
    The main stuff inside this article are:-
    1. H.E Pres HH
    2. UPND
    3. Economic Recovery and Dev plan
    4. Mr Anil Agarwal
    5. Mr. Greg Mills and FQM
    Not long ago, President HH while campaigning for election promised the Zambian people and global community that he was going to save and serve the interests of Zambians at all times.
    UPND as a party countless times told us it was a party for positive change. Moreover, we were hoodwinked to believe every cent of word that from Day 1 on 13th August, 2021, they had a PLAN for economic emancipation for mother Zambia.
    For any reader, who wishes to know more about the History of Mining in Zambia should just look for this book “Zambia, Mining, and Neoliberalism: Boom and Bust on the Globalized Copperbelt” by Alastair Fraser and Miles Larmer.
    Since, President HH as an individual is a neo capitalist, it is no surprise that those whom he perfectly understands speak his language of neo capitalism….persons such Greg Mills and Anil Argawal.
    My humble advise as a pan africanist in the warm heart of Africa to Zambia is DONT GO BACK AND SWALLOW THE VOMIT because Zambia is too rich in mineral and natural resources to beg or be coerced into marriage with unwarranted suitor. Take heed.

  6. Bowman’s writer, first of all we know that Bowman can’t write the way you write. Your attempt to hide behind a small finger has failed miserably!
    Now, concerning the KCM issue, the entire manner in which ECL went about it was wrong and illegal from the beginning!
    Let me give a simple analogy for you to understand.
    When you want to get to Chipata by road, you use Great East road and the road will take you there. What ECL and group did is they were trying to get to Chipata using Great North Road and that is how they got lost!
    The legal owner of KCM by Majority Shareholding is Vedanta! No one likes the bad things Vedanta has done. Now, you don’t try to solve a wrong using another wrong!
    ECL and gang were warned by experts about the wrong route they were taking to resolve the KCM issue. Liquidation was the wrong way. Arbitration was what experts advised but their advice fell on deaf ears.
    To resolve the KCM issue, we need to do the following:

    1). Stop all Court processes by both parties involved.

    2). Stop the entire Liquidation process.

    3). Call for a National Indaba involving all stakeholders to resolve the KCM issue.

    4). Review the KCM Shareholding structure. Work out an exit strategy for Vedanta since their activities have cost them their corporate reputation with the local communities. They have lost their moral license to operate.

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