Letter to the Editor

Council of Churches supports Minister of Mines over royalties

Dear editor,
Greetings and sincere regards to you from the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ).
The CCZ has been following issues that have been raised by various stakeholders since the government revised the mineral royalties as indicated in the 2015 national budget.
As you may be aware, the CCZ has been concerned about the inadequate benefits by citizens from the mineral wealth that the country has been endowed with and therefore the revision of the mineral royalties is good news for us.
While we note the criticisms and threats, especially by some mining companies, we would like to bring to your attention that we recognise the stance that you have taken to protect the interests of the people of Zambia.
We therefore fully support the stance that you have taken and we encourage you to continue putting the interests of the people of Zambia first, especially with regard to benefits from the mining sector which should be the largest contributor to the national treasury at the moment.
Please be mindful that as you dialogue with the mining companies regarding the mineral royalties, you have our full support as long as you continue to prioritise the interests of the people of Zambia and ensuring that there is responsible investment in the mining industry.
Love, Joy and Peace
Council of Churches in Zambia

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