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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Inonge Wina advises mining companies to be transparent

General News Inonge Wina advises mining companies to be transparent

Vice president Inonge Wina being welcomed by Nkusechela Sinkamba upon arrival at Kasama airport today. Looking on is Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe.The Vice President is on a four day tour of developmental projects in the Province
Vice president Inonge Wina being welcomed by Nkusechela Sinkamba upon arrival at Kasama airport today. Looking on is Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe.The Vice President is on a four day tour of developmental projects in the Province

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has advised mining companies to be transparent and to engage Government in meaningful dialogue whenever they have concerns.

She said Government has been making efforts to explore ways of introducing effective tax measures that can benefit both the country and mining companies.

“It is only fair and good corporate practice for mining companies to look at the returns they are making before condemning Government’s decision to introduce new tax policies,” Mrs Wina said.

She said this yesterday when Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Elexandre Leveque paid a courtesy call on her.

Mrs Wina said although Government appreciates foreign investment inflow, it is unfair for multinational companies to be seen to be deriving joy from arm-twisting Government into changing tax policies only when it suits them and not the nation in which they are operating.

She said investment should benefit Zambians in terms of employment opportunities and revenue collection.
The Vice-President also commended Canada for its support towards the fight against child marriage.

And Mr Leveque pledged to continue to support Zambia in various sectors

Meanwhile, the Chinese Red Cross Society has donated assorted equipment worth K1.8 million to the Zambia Red Cross Society.

The items donated are office and medical equipment, which will be used to reach out to people in distress.
Mrs Wina said Government is in dire need of medical services, especially in rural areas.

She, however, said Government is committed to improving the quality of health facilities.

“The First Aid provided by Zambia Red Cross Society through committed volunteers will provide for immediate medical needs and bridge the gap in areas where health facilities may be distant,” she said.

Mrs Wina said Government is committed to supporting the Zambia Red Cross Society in its operations so that those that may require medical attention before reaching our health facilities are helped.

And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming expressed hope that the donated equipment will improve the well-being of the Zambian people.

“The leaders of our two countries with great foresight agreed to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and cooperation, which is in the best interest of the two nations,” he said.

And Zambia Red Cross Society national president Godfrey Simasiku said the donation will enable the organisation reach out to the vulnerable.

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  1. The trend of primitive, Zambian men, stripping vulnerable women naked in public is not right and it should be stopped!!
    Mobs of jobless, classless, stinking Zambian men target and attack vulnerable young beautiful women and rip away their clothes until they are naked…. their dirty idea to take their minds from poverty, I wonder?
    I’m asking ”primitive Zambian people to PLEASE be civilized… its none of YOUR business what someone is wearing.
    Shame on these lowlifes, when did anyone’s dressing became another person’s business?
    These savages are potential rapists who should rot in jail.
    The last time ‘God created us’ naked and in African culture women wore bark-skin……… “G-String”

    Shame on you Zambians!!

  2. The notion that Mining companies or any big investor in our Country for that matter, foreign or not, can operate in a transparent manner by merely being meekly asked, is very very misleading and very naive. They have to be legally COMPELLED to do so by written agreements. Transparency is relative. So, in the absence of written agreements with terms of reference, they can successfully argue they are transparent enough as they are right now.
    Madam VP knows very well Copper is now fetching THREE times at LME what it was fetching during the ZCCM days. So, she and her boss must step up, act and talk equal to the task. Feeble requests won’t do. We are being short-changed right under our noses.

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