Mine reinstates 79

LUSAKA - Chinese-owned NFC Africa Mining has reinstated 79 miners suspended for suspected sabotage at its Chambishi copper mine, a Zambian newspaper reported yesterday.

LUSAKA - Chinese-owned NFC Africa Mining has reinstated 79 miners suspended for suspected sabotage at its Chambishi copper mine, a Zambian newspaper reported yesterday.

More than 17 miners were admitted to hospital last week in Kitwe, 330km north of Lusaka, for treatment of smoke inhalation after an electric cable caught fire underground. Chambishi officials said they suspected sabotage.

Goodwell Kaluba, general secretary of the National Union of Mine and Allied Workers , told the Sunday Times of Zambia newspaper that eight workers were still suspended.

NFC Africa reinstated the other 79 after they were screened, Kaluba said. Those still suspended included two workers detained by the police.

Mines minister Maxwell Mwale said the company had informed the government about suspected acts of sabotage. - Reuters

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