ZCCM-IH Office, Lusaka – As you may be aware, ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) obtained a Judgment against Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) in the sum of about $ 103 Million to be paid within 30 days, as a result of unpaid sums due to ZCCM-IH dating back to 2012.
I must mention and emphasize that ZCCM-IH is not in the business of litigating, but in the business of enhancing value for its shareholders.
In the quest to achieve this, there are instances where misunderstandings between parties have to be resolved by an independent body, which in this instance was the courts of law.
This should not be taken as a deliberate attack on our partners or indeed a quest to injure them. The action was undertaken because we are also answerable to our shareholders and various stakeholders which include the Zambian people.
ZCCM-IH remains committed to ensuring that the KCM operations continue in the country, and to provide the necessary support to them, to ensure that we enhance the value of our stake in the Company.
Following the judgment and this joint briefing, we wish to state that the business relationship between ZCCM-IH and KCM will continue, but also to remind our partners that we will do what is necessary to protect our interests.
Going forward, both ZCCM-IH and KCM have committed to manage the business, in a manner that is mutually beneficial to all the parties involved.
Dr. Pius C. Kasolo
Chief Executive Officer