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Shamenda warns exploitative investors

From BUTTYSON KANDIMBA in Solwezi
MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda says Government will not tolerate investors exploiting Zambians.
Mr Shamenda said, however, that Government will continue to promote industrial harmony in order to increase productivity and revenue for the country.
He said Government is looking for permanent solutions to improve the well-being of Zambians by creating an enabling environment for investments to thrive in Zambia.
“Do not even spend three minutes without sleeping thinking of your investments because as Government we shall ensure that investments coming to the country are protected so that many jobs are created for our people but we only have problems with some of the investors exploiting our people,” Mr Shamenda said.
The minister was speaking in Solwezi on Friday when he met Kansanshi Mining Plc management at the Kansanshi Golf Club.
Mr Shamenda assured investors in the country that their investments are safe and secured.
He also said Government will be compelled to formulate a law that will criminalise casualisation of labour if mining companies continue to employ workers on contracts.
And First Quantum Minerals (FQM) country representative Kingsley Chinkuli said the mining firm is ready to learn from Government on how to handle labour matters.
General Chinkuli also urged labour leaders to create a harmonious working atmosphere to enable the company increase its production.
“On behalf of FQM, I would like to assure you that we are ready to learn from Government on how to handle labour matters and we shall ensure that we do not step outside the law when handling labour issues,” Gen Chinkuli said.
Meanwhile, Mr Shamenda is disappointed with the exorbitant school fees being charged at Kansanshi’s Kabitaka primary school.
He said it is sad that the mining company is demanding K900 per month per pupil, an amount which is beyond reach for ordinary Zambians.

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