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Ex-miner sues KCM over spinal injuries

By GRACE CHAILE-LESOETSA
A CHILILABOMBWE resident has applied for leave to commence legal proceedings in the Lusaka High Court against Konkola Copper Mines (in liquidation) and its provisional liquidator Milingo Lungu, to recover damages against them.

Mr Warrance Musonda wants to recover damages because of the deep spinal injuries he sustained about two years ago at KCM’s Konkola Deep copper mine while in the employment of a contractor, Khodanne Investments Limited, also a respondent in the matter.
In his affidavit in support of originating summons, Mr Musonda stated that he was advised by his lawyers to commence action to recover damages against them.
He asked the court to grant him an order of leave of court to commence legal proceedings against the respondents.
“On or about July 18, 2018, I sustained deep spinal injuries at KCM’s Konkola Deep copper mine whilst in the employ of its contractor Khodanne Investments Limited.
“On or about July 1, 2020, my advocates prepared letters of demand to the respondents (KCM and Lungu) pursuant to my instructions demanding amongst others damages for negligence.
“The letters were delivered and acknowledged by the respondents on or about July 2, 2020,” he stated.
“KCM responded to my letters of demand by letter dated July 20, 2020 in which it indicated that it would revert to my advocates in due course after studying the matter and obtaining instructions. That to date my advocates have not heard from the respondents.” Mr Musonda said.

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