Miles Sampa is being hypocritical on mine supplies- Siakachoma
The National Empowerment Forum (NEF) has described the 30 day ultimatum given to mining companies by Government to engage local suppliers of goods and services as ironic and hypocritical.
Commerce Deputy Minister Miles Sampa recently disclosed that Government will be compelled to introduce a statutory instrument if mining firms do not comply with the directive.
NEF Executive Director Edgar Siakachoma says the pronouncement is one of the many utterances made by politicians in power to portray an impression that they want to empower citizens when they actually do not.
Mr. Siakachoma notes that Statutory Instruments have been put in place in the past, but enforcement and implementation on the part of Government has been dismal.
He has observed that a unilateral statement issued by a Deputy Minister in real sense does not constitute a policy and may not even be taken seriously by investors.