LUSAKA, Zambia – Authorities in Zambia have charged two Chinese mining bosses with attempted murder after nearly a dozen miners were shot in a pay dispute.
In China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Tuesday that the managers in Zambia had "mistakenly hurt several local workers."
Oliver Pelete, the district commissioner for Sinazongwe where the mine is located, said the workers have since been paid the money that sparked Friday's protest.
The company also has agreed to replace the mine managers who were involved, he said. Eleven miners were wounded after being sprayed with buckshot, and two of them remain hospitalized Tuesday.
China has invested close to $3 billion in the Zambian economy, according to current government figures.