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Guard Shootings to Halt Theft Have Killed Two [Zambia]

Recent shooting deaths of two Zambians suspected of stealing copper at Chambishi Copper Smelter…underscore lingering workplace dangers at Chinese mining ventures. In recent months, security guards at CCS [Chambishi Copper Smelter], owned by China Nonferrous, have shot locals suspected of stealing copper. One of them was Kennedy Chiputa, a…construction worker seconded from 15 Metallurgical Construction Group…15 MCC…said Mr. Chiputa had stolen copper during off-hours and says security guards fired on him when he fled "in order to protect CCS property." It also confirmed a separate shooting late last year…an unnamed private security firm was dealing with local police…Mr. Chiputa was shot…and died…his widow…says her husband was working his regular job, but was mistaken for a thief…15 MCC says it has no obligation to reimburse the family of its late employee because of the nature of the incident, but that the company's union provided transportation and other expenses to cover Mr. Chiputa's burial…

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