Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has threatened to revoke the mining licence allegedly given to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri to operate a emerald mine in Lufwanyama District.
In a statement released to the media, the copperbelt Minister has given Prophet a 7-day ultimatum to tender an apology to Rev. Sumaili, the Zambian people in general and the people of Lufwanyama in particular.
The Daily National today reported that details had emerged that Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s planned trip to Zambia was meant to finalise modalities to facilitate for the opening of Shepherd Bushiri Mining Limited, an emerald company in Lufwanyama district in which he owns 60,000 shares.
According to documents from the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), Bushiri and three others registered the company on September 15, 2016 after buying it from the previous owners, Malabo Emerald mine.
Prophet Bushiri owns a lion’s share while the other two Zambians Douglas Moyo and Caphus Lumanto own 13,330 shares each while another Zambian, Reuben Mpando, owns 13,340 to complete a 100,000 company shareholding.
Below is the full statement from the Minister
BUSHIRI MUST APOLOGISE OR RISK HAVING HIS INVESTMENT LICENCE REVOKED
As Minister for Copperbelt, I have keenly followed the issue of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri with interest especially that Bushiri is operating an emerald mine in Lufwanyama District.
From the onset, I should state that the remarks attributed to Bushiri directed at National Affairs and Religious Minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili and some senior clergymen in Zambia are unfortunate.
I find the attacks especially against Hon. Rev. Sumaili by Bushiri distasteful and lacking justification. I believe that Bushiri had no locus standi to attack Hon. Rev. Sumaili in the manner he did.
Bushiri should be made aware that the Reverend he has chosen to publicly rebuke is a high ranking government official in the administration of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and therefore deserves the highest form of respect.
As His Excellency Lungu correctly pointed out, Zambia just like any other country reserves the express right to admit or turn down any visitor as deemed it by the immigration authorities.
As distasteful the attacks from Bushiri are, they have exposed him to the world as an ignorant, self-serving and egoistic man who has no regard for other country’s laws and regulations.
The other important lesson I should draw Bushiri to is that in public administration or any other organised setting, there is what is called collective responsibility.
Thus, by admonishing Rev. Sumaili publicly, Bushiri has elected to attack the Republic of Zambia and all its people.
It therefore goes without saying that as an investor, Bushiri has breached the provisions of his investment code.
As Government, we will carry out a forensic audit on the operations of the emerald mine owned by Bushiri as part of measures to ensure that the interests of the Zambian people are safeguarded.
I am hereby issuing a seven-day ultimatum for Bushiri to tender an apology to Rev. Sumaili, the Zambian people in general and the people of Lufwanyama in particular.
Failure by Bushiri to apology will attract sanctions which I will recommend to the Ministry of Mines including the possible revocation of his mining licence.
As much as the Zambian Government is keen on promoting both local and foreign investment, the guiding principle still remains that the national interests should be the corner stone of any such engagements.