Government has denied claims in an article published by Bloomberg that Konkola Copper Mine -KCM- has been shut and operations halted.
Mines Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga says the Ministry has consistently reported the production from quarter to quarter and at no point has there been a halt or shut down as indicated in the report attributed to his name.
Mr. Mulenga said the production at KCM in the first Quarter was 14-thousand 8-hundred and 98 point 61 tonnes which shows that production has continued.
He has told ZNBC news in Lusaka that the Journalist who authored the article called the Ministry through the PS to enquire on the outcome of the Mining Indaba and the Konkola Deep Project.
Mr. Mulenga said the Journalist was corrected twice and was specifically requested to follow up and obtain production figures for KCM.
He said at no point did the Ministry state that production was shut before and after the liquidation process.
Mr. Mulenga has requested Bloomberg to retract the false story that misleads the public into thinking KCM operations are shut.