The Chinese Coal Mine management in Sinazongwe district has refused to provide a K10 million required for an operation of their employer injured in a mine accident and compensation for a miner whose arm has been amputated.

Dallas Bbulukwa, brother to the paralysed miner who was admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and later referred to the Italian Orthopedics Hospital,has been told to pay K10 million for the operation.

He named his brother as Shadrick Shandima of Vwavwa village in Chief Sinazongwe area who recently sustained a deep cut on his right foot, a dislocated ankle, and general body pains at the Chinese Coal mine at shaft one.

Mr. Bbulikwa said the Chinese management has told him that they would rather treat him themselves rather than take him to the Zambian hospitals because they allegedly have no proper medication.

He said the Chinese Directors want his brother who is supposed to undergo three operations on his right foot to be treated at their mine where there were no facilities.

Mr. Bbulukwa noted that the Chinese directors were trying to run away from paying the medical fees when his brother was paralysed as a result of the mine accident.

Sinzo Muzyamuna the other miner whose arm has been amputated after he was injured in a mine accident last month said the Chinese directors at shaft three have refused to compensate him.

Mr.Muzyamuna said doctors from Choma have declared him to be discharged on medical ground.

He said the Chinese Directors only offered to be pay him a K240, 000 for a period of one year six months which he has rejected.

Muzyamuna appealed to government to assist him to get his compensation that befits the nature of damage done to his body.

ZANIS

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11 COMMENTS

  1. In the first place, poverty has led our people into desperation to an extent that they would not have time to have a good look at their conditions of service. That aside, I would squarely put the blame on the Workers’ Compensation Board (I’ve forgotten the actual name) which should have a vigorous campaign aimed at sensitising workers in view of such tragedies. Perhaps as reported on this blog on the call by Global Labour Consultant and Rights Services Director Agrippa Tembo to revise some aspects of the Employment Act should also be aimed at strengthening the Compensation Board so that defaulting employers can face the law accordingly while the injured are taken care of as well.

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  2. These Chinese investors are a problem. They still have their home mentality where they are over a billion in pupolation and as such injuries or death on duty is nothing to talk about. May the labour commissioner interven on this subject. The Chinese investors need to read wor by word our labour laws before setting up companies in future failure to adhere to our labour laws they must not be allowed to operate. We need their investment but they have to respect our labour laws. Its take or leave it policy. I wonder what will happen to Mwinilunga District where its rumoured that US$3B plus will be invested in mining ventures. There will be total mess up. This is the only country where investors are allowed to flout the laws of the land. Workers get beaten up like dogs and ofenders re let off

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  3. Our Labour laws are so weak that the so called investors are captalising on them. These gentlemen were injured on duty and so they should be compansated and all medicals be paid by them. Period.

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  4. Leave the Chinese alone, they don’t make laws for Zambia! It is our Mps who are a chat box, just visit their parliament web site that Great Cave, for all sorts of chancers! Chinese please abusive those people until they learn lessons. I used to wonder why UNZA students beat innocent people selling tomatoes, and roasted maize and groundnuts during Vivas. Guess the reason! These are the same chaps who vote for useless people. Why can’t we make laws where only people with certain qualifications vote for the president and Mps, not where every Jim and Jack is allowed to vote!

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  5. wat the heck is wrong with these damn chinese ,failing to provide 10 m when it is apparent that they are ripping millions from the mine that they almost got at a price of a song ? damn something is wrong here

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  6. It is imperative that any company that companies in mining jointly establish hospitals specializing in mine related injuries to take care of their employees. As an example, think of what Roan Antelope and ZCCM did. They stablished their own hospitals. the government must come up with a mandate to look into this matter. Unions have to do what it takes to get things done.

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  7. 5. Chicago In the last paragraph I total disagree with you. Never in this world can a citizen be disqualified from voting just because he or she is not educated like you. Let everyone vote as long as they have zam citizenship.
    In this article. these miners must have insurance against accidents. Once the accident occur, the insurance company pays for all medical expenses not the employer.

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