President Edgar Lungu has called on Mopani Copper Mine management to handover the mine to the government if they have failed to run it.
President Lungu says government will not allow management to close the mine and lay off workers just because of the challenges the sector is facing.
He says that the miners always accumulated huge profits when the situation in the sector is vibrate and wondered why they should rush into closing and laying off workers when things are tough.
The President made the call when he addressed a public rally at Shinde stadium in Mufulira on Monday.
President Lungu re-affirmed that government will not allow Anglo American to take over any of the old mines in the country.
He said that Anglo America should consider setting up their own mines which they abandoned when things were tough.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has called for co-existence between the old members of Patriotic Front and those joining it now.
He said squabbles happening in Mufulira are not healthy for the PF and called on all warring factions to reconcile and move the party
The President said the strength of any organization lies in the number of its members.
He said that old members should accommodate those joining the party now because the party is just like a club which should accept new members at any time.