Republican President Michael Sata has been called upon to issue a stern warning to mining companies intending to lay off workers using the excuse of the withheld VAT refunds.
Christian Against Poverty in Zambia (CAPIZ) Executive Director Evangelist Gregory Chileshe told QFM News in an interview that President Sata should issue a statement warning all mining companies threatening the jobs of miners.
Evangelist Chileshe said as the country continues to strive in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing extreme poverty by 2015, such moves should not be tolerated considering that they cannot help in attaining the MDGs.
He also appealed to investors in the mining sector to exercise patience with government with regards the issue of the VAT refunds.
Evangelist Chileshe further encouraged government to be above bold and not succumb to tactics of arm twisting some mining firms are employing.
He added that Zambia should use its natural resources wisely by reducing the high poverty levels in the country.
Evangelist Chileshe said it is for this reason that Zambians, more especially miners who are on the edge of losing jobs, are looking up to President Sata to issue a decisive statement pertaining to the threats by mining companies.
Meanwhile, opposition Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) President Father Frank Bwalya has advised government to increase its stake in the mining companies.
Father Bwalya is also of the view that repossessing the mines is the solution to the problems arising in the mining sector.