A 17-year-old Zambian female employee at a Chinese construction company in Serenje district is living in fear of losing her job for refusing to have sex with her Chinese superior.

In an interview with ZANIS, Caren Mupeta, a cook at Datong Construction Limited, a company contracted to build a police complex in Serenje district, alleged that her supervisor, only known as Mr Tu, has been threatening to dismiss her for refusing to have sex with him.

Ms Mupeta alleged that Mr Tu, a site manager at Datong Construction Limited in Serenje, has continued making sexual advances at her despite her telling him that she would report him to police.

“He has been wanting to have sex with me but because I have been refusing he has been threatening to fire me if I persist denying him what he wants,” Mupeta said.

Ms Mupeta, who is an orphan, said she joined the construction company in February to raise money for school.

The 17 year old employee, who stopped out of school in Grade Nine, appealed to government to help her go back to school.

She said she stopped school in 2011 after qualifying for Grade 10 but due to lack of someone to sponsor her, she could not continue.

But Mr Tu refused to comment over the matter as he walked out of this reporter while covering his face with his shirt for fear of being photographed.

“Me no talk! Me no talk!’ ” said Mr Tu as he walked away hiding his face.

Mr Tu was later spotted by this reporter yelling at Mupeta and when asked what the Chinese national was telling her, Mupeta said Mr Tu was angry with her for revealing the matter to the reporter.

Ms Mupeta said her superior told her that he will dismiss her today after paying her dues.

Meanwhile, Serenje District Labour Officer, Raveta Mtonga, said her office will follow up the matter and if it is found that there is a case, her office will ensure that the victim’s job is protected.

“That is sexual harassment. If it is investigated and found out that there is a case as a Labour office we will ensure her job is secure and see to it that the culprit is dealt with by the law,” Ms Mtonga said.

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    • This is how bad Mr. Shamenda has failed us at the Ministry of Labour.
      And anywhere chinese are working on projects women are being abused in such a manner. Sex for rubbish jobs. And the HIV rate keeps going higher whenever the workers are tested!

      Why is it Zambians can’t and are not given decent jobs? Are management jobs the preserve of foreigners yet it’s our tax payers money?

      I can give examples of chinese companies with huge salary gaps between Zambians and chinese!
      Ba Shamenda? Bank of China, Shanghai Construction, AVIC?

      Chinese are paying themselves over $5000 monthly and even up to $20,000 whereas highest paid Zambians are getting below $2000. Is this fair, you call this investors? It’s our tax money

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    • For once I am happy that home affairs is the one in charge of permits and not the labour office because Shamenda cannot perform.

      Hon Davies Mwila it’s up to you now. Investigate these contractors and deport them

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    • Unfortunately this is not even an isolated incident. Many are being threatened and are sleeping with the likes of Tu!

      Question is, doesn’t Shamenda already know all this
      Imagine if Kambwili was at Labour!

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  1. Good people out there, please get the young lady a dignified job and ensure the Chinese is prosecuted.

    Labour Officer seems to have no solution …

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    • Which labour office? Labour office is sleeping! Nowadays they don’t exercise any power or muscle, one would wonder if they are in the pockets of foreigners!

      I really don’t understand why Kitwe – Chingola road which is being paid for by Zambia should benefit the chinese more than Zambians. These guys Sino Hydro, China Henan, China Geo we have allowed them to import labour and thus export even our salaries to China. In Zambia we can’t train foremen and supervisors? Are we only good as general workers? Flag ladies?

      We have qualified Zambians loafing or getting a paultry K5000 whilst chinese are collecting $5000 for the same job at the same company.

      Honourable Shamenda please resign!!!

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    • The problem is corruption. Labour officials can be bribed. There are many institutions that keep jobs for foreigners. ISL being one. Head of Primary employs whites but will not employ Zambians even if they are more qualified. The Zambians in Mangement are wimps and do nothing to help their fellow Zambians. There are two Zambians there,Kambeu and Mwanza. Hopeless characters!

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  2. This is how bad Mr. Shamenda has failed us at the Ministry of Labour.
    And anywhere chinese are working on projects women are being abused in such a manner. Sex for rubbish jobs. And the HIV rate keeps going higher whenever the workers are tested!

    Why is it Zambians can’t and are not given decent jobs? Are management jobs the preserve of foreigners yet it’s our tax payers money?

    I can give examples of chinese companies with huge salary gaps between Zambians and chinese!
    Ba Shamenda? Bank of China, Shanghai Construction, AVIC?

    Chinese are paying themselves over $5000 monthly and even up to $20,000 whereas highest paid Zambians are getting below $2000. Is this fair, you call this investors? It’s our tax money!

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  3. Perverts, deport the nincompoop with his short dick. Good girl I salute you. Don’t let these imbecile cause of their skin think they are superior, nonsense.

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  4. what is required it to give zambians proper skills training , other wise the rubbish jobs are for zambians because most of us lark skills. The government must just put in place deliberate policies to train a lot of zambians in divert skills.

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    • “Lark skills” Does that include knowing how to spell ?.

      Please note that there is nothing wrong with being a Cook. For all we know, she may end up being renowned Chef or own her own restaurant. The only issues i see are those of unemployment and our economy not remunerating such skills adequately.

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  5. Why complain? She thinks the government will come to her aid, in her dreams! . Just poison Mr Tu, afterall choncholis are not complete humans, they have no souls no wonder they eat dogs. There is no sin in killing one.

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    • Please be moderate in your comments, even though may not do anything about the case, at least she has tried to be professional and report the wrong doing of Mr Tu. Take it easy, if in your family you are used to position every man, please give other a break because it not just right. Are you a thug?

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  6. Ministry of Labour is dead, Labour Officers are useless, corrupt, compromised with 30 pieces of silver and all of them behave worse than a million illiterates. I have no apologies to make, not now, not tomorrow and not ever.

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  7. Her job will be protected!What job is there to protect? Take her back to school or help her with better means of raising her fees.

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  8. It is sad.Orphans are going through alot of challenges.Government through the Department of Social Welfare had specific funds to help the OVCs.Such funds have disappeared, one expected that since PF government is pro-poor, funding will continue.Last year i took some OVCs who needed support to Social Welfare,only to be told that they have never received funding for 8 months.Good programmes are there to help vulnerable people like Ms Mupeta but are not funded.Priority is taken to by-elections….

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  9. Better i lose the job and walk with my head high than give in to sexual demands and walk with shame.Big up girl.

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    • Kwee! Who can believe such a cheap lie from a Zambian girl. You all can’t survive without men, ask your mother how she dreads life without her man. Men are small gods meant to rule over all creation under the sun, women inclusive. The curse God put on women still stands today. Gen 3:16 says “… with painful labour you will give birth to children and your desires will be for your husband, and he will rule over you”.

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  10. Is this one of the 1 million jobs Sata and PF created? The girl has a better idea by wanting to go back to school. Unfortunately, education is not a right, according to Kambwili and PF.

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  11. Govt is to blame for not giving free education while ministers and above live in luxury over our tax

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  12. Can you imagine for a minute, a Zambian employer in China sexually harassing a Chinese teenager? what would happen to him? I bet you he will be in the news all over china with his face splashed on front pages as a sign of a pervert and a sexually perverted race. He will also be sent to prison without trial and the keys thrown away. In Zambia, even Zambian men just watch and wonder what will become of the young girl. I am sick and tired of this pathetic docility of our people especially so called Zambian men. Pathetic. Teach the Chinese man some morals and he will start respecting our women.

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  13. Yes we are too docile as Zambian’s sometimes let’s be a bit rough coz our so called government is failing us….I think I stick will not fail us let’s go for it

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  14. If i were Mupeta, I would urinate in his teacup before serving it to him. That is giving him a taste of his own medicine!

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  15. Dont waste time na ba shamenda the only person who can deal with such situations is hon kambwili even though its difficult to cross the ministries. just go kuli kambwili akayabaponona

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  16. This is what as a country we have failed in labour matters. Hon Shamenda please try to be proactive and not reactive and to our local police “what are we waiting for”. Mr Shamenda is proving to be the most docile Labour Minister we have ever had. Just listen to the response from his Labour Officer ” We will make sure her job is protected” iwe chi colour do you know that it will be difficult for her to work in such an environment. lets start deporting these bastards and stiffen our laws maybe they will learn ba kabwa imwe shaaa

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  17. What does the ministry of labour do? I always wonder coz same things are reported but there is no action from the ministry. I agree this ministry is dead. Shame on them.

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  18. It sickens me to see fellow Zambian making such comments. This is sexual harassment and the child is merely reporting the matter. If she went ahead and slept with the Ching-Chong, the same people would have called her a prostitute. I applaud her because she maybe be poor, but at least she has morals which some of you lack. If you understand “Ethics” we have a duty to protect our citizens especially children and it’s up to us to stop these injustices because if we don’t, there are more young girls who will be victims of the likes of these P*r*i*c*k*s! It starts with all of us. In North America or Europe the a*s*s-hole would have been deported. It’s that simple and we need to send a message to all child molesters. In China he would have been in jail or had his tiny pin shredded.

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