HH denies Vedanta US$300, 000 request
Written by MillenniumEditor2 on August 10, 2021
United Party for National Development-UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has denied reports alleging that he asked for US300, 000 from Vedanta in exchange for mines if he wins Thursday’s general elections.
President Edgar Lungu recently while on the Copperbelt alleged that he had received information that Mr. Hichilema asked for US$300, 000 from Vedanta in exchange for mines if he wins Thursday’s general elections.
But Mr. Hichilema says the reports are false and are clearly meant to incite people against him.
In a statement he says the UPND policy position on KCM and other mining houses in the country has been very consistent with regards the poor conditions of service and generally the low production in the sector due to unstable policies.
Mr. Hichilema says the UPND will ensure that the mines are properly capitalized and that it believes the country has well qualified local expertise that can run the mines profitably, if well supported without any undue political interference like has been under him.
Meanwhile Senior Chief Mukuni of the Leya people of Kazungula has urged President Edgar Lungu to guarantee the safety of Mr. Hichilema and all other opposition leaders taking part in this election.
And Chief Mukuni has urged politicians to use this elective process outcome to unite the nation.