FILE: Deputy secretary to the cabinet Teddy Mulonga (l) and Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili (c) take Zambia’s chief of protocol only identified as Nkumbula (r) to task after Zambian football fans were stranded because of Nkumbula

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has warned that government may be forced to formulate laws that will compel all mining firms to sponsor sport if they fail to do it voluntarily.

Kambwili told LT Sports on the Copperbelt that mining companies should take it upon themselves to sponsor sport in their areas of operation.

“I want to warn mining companies that if they don’t want to sponsor sport we shall be forced to come up with legislation to compel them to pay tax that will go toward sport,” he said.

“Let them be responsible enough and sponsor sport because we don’t want to go to such extent. Sport in Zambia is anchored on the resources from the mines,” Kambwili said.

However, the minister said he was cheered that Mopani Copper Mines has started sponsoring legendary clubs “Mighty” Mufulira Wanderers and Nkana.

“I want to warn mining companies that if they don’t want to sponsor sport we shall be forced to come up with legislation to compel them to pay tax that will go toward sport,” he said.

“I am extremely happy that Mopani Copper Mines has come on board to sponsor “Mighty” Mufulira Wanderers and Nkana “Red Devils” plus the rehabilitation of Shinde Stadium and Nkana Stadium,” the Roan parliamentarian said.

Mopani has announced that besides providing monthly grants to Wanderers and Nkana the firm will also rehabilitate Kantanshi’s Shinde Stadium plus Nkana Stadium in Wusakile.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Just enforce laws (coating the amount) coz these chaps will give us peanuts yet they are getting trillions of kwacha

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  2. Ba Chishimba ‘Chimbwi’li, forcing them is not a solution.When are you going to learn the importance of dialogue? By the way, what role is your govt playing in supporting sport?You are so rough,BIG MAN.Maybe start by forcing govt to play it’s role before forcing investors.You always want to threaten others.

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  3. Who takes Kambwili seriously except people in Roan constituency for obvious reasons,they are in the same league.And who will support that ridiculous law? You cant compel businesses to finance sports,just nyengelela them nicely,you only have one ministry left before its realigned from you.

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    • Ugly truth, you must understand that the corporate governance structure in Zambia is that companies must be socially responsible, this includes sport. Government gives huge tax concessions for these mining companies so that they can make enough profits to inject back into social streams such as sport. The Law the minister is referring to is a good Law because in the absence of a socially responsible corporate  government relies on tax to fund sectors such as sport.

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    • @Bokosi is there anything good that can come out of Kambwili’s mouth apart from threats???
      be real and see what is on the ground,Corporate social responsibility has never been a forcing matter, lets not sound as if we know it all, which good law?? have you seen it?? how do you know its good especially that it comes out of frustration?????

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    • Awe mwana naiwe Ugly Truth, tatwaba same league na chi mudala ichi. It’s taken us brains and guts to make a life out of Luanshya way beyond that in ba mudala’s league.

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  4. A begger has no choice so there is no point of issuing threats be objective Mr. Minister!

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  5. Stop bringing draconian practices, clear symptoms of lack of plan. The country has moved away from such approaches, if you manage to develop sport then the business world will see the opportunity.

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  6. TOAD FACE!! Mining firms are in business, they did not come all the way to come sponsor sports pa zed.Just tell the sport fanatics like yourself to be innovative and make their own money.How do you Manchester United makes money?Dull CNPs.

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  7. I never knew that the basic attributes of a politician is to be dull and ugly  

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  8. KAMBWILI IS RIGHT! WE SHOULD ENFORCE LAWS TO COMPEL THESE MINING COMPANIES TO SPONSOR RECREATION ACTIVITIES… WE HAVE SO MANY YOUTHS RESORTING TO BEER DRINKING COZ OF NO ACTIVITY. IF OTHER COUNTRIES CAN COMPEL INVESTORS TO FIRST BUILD SKULS AND HOSPITALS BEFORE PRODUCTION BEGINS, WHY SHOULD WE REMAIN TO BEG FOR WHAT BELONGS TO US.

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  9. KAMBWILI IS RIGHT. EVEN IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES CORPORATE ENTITIES HAVE A MORAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITY . TAKE FOR INSTANCE TESCO IN THE UK. WHENEVER THEY CONSTRUCTING A NEW SUPER MARKET THEY EVEN RE-DO THE LONG STRETCHES OF ROADS WALK WAYS AND LEISURE PARKS IN THAT COUNCIL AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE THINGS TESCO DOES- THERE ARE MANY MORE AND I HAVE JUST MENTIONED BUT EVEN OTHER COMPANIES DO SIMILAR STUFF. SO WHY CAN’T MINES IN ZAMBIA DO THE SAME. IN FACT MOST UNIVERSITIES’ SCHHOOLS IF NOT ALL ARE ADOPTED BY THIS CORPORATES- SPONSORING THEM TO MAKE SURE THESE SCHOOLS ARE LEARNING WHAT IS ACTUALLY OBTAINING IN THE INDUSTRIES TO AVOID OBSOLATE MATERIAL.

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    • spot on Peter, you have a very good understanding of the relationship among society, government and the corporate world.

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    • They do it of their own accord, there is no law that compels them to. If you bring in silly laws like the proposed by hippo face, you will not attract investment into the country. What you need is to grow the economy so that more people pay taxes to the central and local govts who can then invest in sports facilities. Yes companies might contribute if they so wish but the onus is on the govt to provide sports facilities. Mining companies may well be using other means for their corporate social responsibilities ie donating foodstuffs to orphanages and schools.

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  10. ALL of you condemning Kambwili you’re dull…You don’t know what sport can do to improve our economy? Chelsea earned $60million for winning the UCL and they paid tax to England BOMA….Sport is a major income earner in most European countries & RSA and you’re busy talking rubbish against a visionary Kambwili…MaRubbish!!

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  11. Kambwete ka Chimbwi-Li inge kanyikuta. Lona lingandwe awa mane ki mwana habo lichende la pombwe!

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  12. If Chimbwili is visionary, then I beg to be shown what an embacile looks like! Maybe this is “Kusiyana siyana kwama office” someone once sang about. You also never know when Bembas say the economy or politics in Zambia are doing well because there nearest example of an economy is Katanga, where there is none and the politics is all about burning truck drivers “ni kupeluka rhumba bo busile!”

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  13. Only in Zambia can you have a sports minister who obviously does not engage in any form of physical exercise and is a heart attack waiting to happen.

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  14. Leave the mining companies alone you dimwits! They are in the business of extracting minerals not running sports clubs. Football can be self supporting unfortunately you have a half literate as president of faz.

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  15. Too much UNIP mentality in this govt. Just get/ensure your govt’s fair tax and ensure equitable particpation in the enterprise by citizens. Threatening/begging for handouts is not in line with aspirations the Vision 2030. TALK ABOUT OWNERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION

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  16. If they are not obliged by the law to sponsor sports, why do you want to force them or even form new laws?

    That is not reasonable. Make sports more profitable, and get investors or private buyers of clubs, like they do in developed nations.

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  17. “force the mines to sponsor sport?” Are we serious?  Why not cancer research, AIDS, Tuberclosis, Malaria etc? I think Kambwili wants the mines to make him look good. So People can say he did well when he was minister of sport. 

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  18. Chishimba Kambwili is one of the most effective MPs when it comes to delivering to his constituencies, and I think even on his job as a Minister. You may quarel with his modus operandi but boy, he does produce results!

    Remember how he sorted out Herve Renhard salary issue?? even this mild threat to the Mining Houses is well placed, he is remining them of Corporate Social Responsibility and of course it is not entirely absurd that if need be, Government can insist through legislation that mines sponsor sports within their areas of operation.

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  19. You cannot force a private company to sponsor football or any other sport. If government believes that mines a lot of money, they should either consider increasing taxes so that government can collect more and support sport development and not clubs per se. Clubs need to be run as businesses and not depend on donations.

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  20. Kambwili, just start your own mine and sponsor sports if it is that necessary that education,health and roads.Shame on you CNP Government.

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  21. First of all Kambwili needs to engage in sport himself before adopting such draconian measures. It is highly ironic for such an unfit specimen to be threatening companies in such a manner. What has the govt done to encourage the participation of sport? At least RB goes to the gym and Thandiwe Banda can actually kick a football not this hippo who only exercises his foul mouth.

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  22. GO ON MAN…….THEY ARE ROUTING ZAMBIA AND NO BENEFITS….SQUEEZ THEM, WE NEED TO BENEFIT…COPPER YAPWA…BASAKALA ABA……..

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  23. ati # 15, c.hi.ka.la chobe waumfwa. ngolimwanakashi ch.in.yo chobe. stan yo ko mambala.

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  24. This is a request to Times of Zambia, in order to bring sanity to this column, please can you request that only comments with real names and addresses should be published. This is one way to remove logs on this column. There are just too many insults on this column. Insulting our gradable leaders.   

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  25. Puting mines under the hands of foreign Investors .. You minister ending up begging for cash.

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  26. CHIKALA KAMBWILI,IS IT THE MANDATE OF INVESTORS TO VENTURE INTO SPORT BY FORCE. WE REALLY HAVE A DANDAHEARD GOVT THIS TIME.

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  27. Good job Mr. Minister. Fimopani fipuba fyaonaula Nkana. It is inexcusable. They are reaping millions in dollars and giving a club like Nkana $5,000 dollars a month is a joke. Send them to Moses Katumbi so that they can learn from him or bring those laws and QUICK.

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  28. *They invest heavily in projects.
    *They recruitment many locals thus reducing unemployment levels
    *They pay for their operations and have to purchase machinery locally and outside and the tax on the same equipment is ridiculous.
    *They give back to the communities in which they operate, build schools , hospitals etc
    POINT IS: We have the copper but cannot extract and process it ourselves, investors come in and we want to exploit them.
    Lets understand that even governments sign a MOU with mining firms and they have to play within there limits, if help is needed, better ask than force e.g why not give them incentives as a way of encouraging them to invest in sport? Reduce tax on importation of machinery and on business operations!
    Lets think through things before voicing out opinions

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