Chililabombwe (formerly named Bancroft) is a small town in Copperbelt Province, Zambia. It is located near the Democratic Republic of the Congo border. The name Chililabombwe means 'place of the croaking frog' in the local language of Lamba. The town has a population of 87 000 based on census data from 2010, making it one of the largest towns in the Copperbelt. The city is 26 km from neighbouring town of Chingola, and approximately 10 km from the large border market of Kasumbalesa. It has also produced national heroes like the late soccer star Eston Mulenga and many others. It's a home for the bundu people.

Flag of Chililabombwe
Official seal of Chililabombwe
Chililabombwe is located in Zambia
Location in Zambia
Coordinates: 12°22′00″S 27°49′40″E / 12.36667°S 27.82778°E / -12.36667; 27.82778Coordinates: 12°22′00″S 27°49′40″E / 12.36667°S 27.82778°E / -12.36667; 27.82778
CountryFlag of Zambia.svg Zambia
ProvinceCopperbelt Province
DistrictChililabombwe District
 • TypeCouncil type= municipal council. Area member of parliament = Paul Kabuswe
 • MayorLucky Sichone
Elevation4,460 ft (1,360 m)
 • Total90,530
 • Religions
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
Area code10101

The town's main economic activity is copper mining.

Chililabombwe town also has small communities like Konkola. Konkola town is the home of Konkola Copper Mine.


The current mayor is Lucky Sichone [2] supported by the deputy mayor, Getrude Witola. The town is represented in the National Assembly by the Chililabombwe constituency and the current Member of Parliament is Paul Kabuswe.


Chililabombwe has 16 mines. The primary mine is Konkola Copper Mines. Konkola Copper Mine is one of Africa's largest copper producers, owned by Vedanta Resources Limited. Prior to privatization efforts in 2000, the mine was owned by ZCCM, a Zambian copper mining conglomerate. The Zambian government possessed a 60,3% stake in ZCCM. Lubambe Copper Mine, formerly known as Konkola North, is a mine operated by Australian private equity firm, EMR Capital Resources. [3]


Chililabombwe is well known for its hospitality and many informal markets. The small mining town is also home to a number of guest lodges, such as the town's first guest lodge, the Tabernacle Guest Lodge, which began operations a decade ago. Since then, additional guest lodges such as Hillview Guest House,Skyways Guest Lodge Dopchim Guest Lodge and king dezza lodge have also become well known in the Copperbelt region.


Chililabombwe is the home of the Zambian football club, Konkola Blades. The team play their home games at the Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe, which has a seating capacity of 25,000.

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  1. ^ "Chililabombwe | Zambia".
  2. ^ "Chililabombwe Mayor sends back vulnerable kids to school". 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ "EMR acquires 80 percent stake in Lubambe Mine". 7 September 2017.