Police in North Western Province have opened an inquiry into reports that Kansanshi Mining PLC gave false information to a Public officer over the impending job cuts owing to the revised taxes.
North Western Province Police Commissioner Bradford Hamachila says the inquiry follows a complaint filed by the Labor commissioner Chanda Kaziya against Kansanshi.
Mr. Hamachila told ZNBC News in Kitwe that this was after Mr. Kaziya was incensed by the alleged fake information submitted by Kansanshi, to the committee auditing mines in the region following threats of job cuts due to the revised taxes.
And First Quantum Minerals Country Manager Kingsley Chinkuli has confirmed the development to ZNBC News in a telephone interview.
General Chinkuli said Kansanshi has given a statement to the Police over a complaint lodged by the labour commissioner in relation to the pending retrenchment of workers.
He said the information is in line with the terms of reference of the committee appointed to audit mines in view of the new taxes and job cut threats.
General Chinkuli could however not give more information on the matter and requested the reporter to send a press query.
First Quantum Minerals (FQM) recently announced that some 2-thousand 5-hundred miners will lose their jobs, with layoffs starting this month.