Chishimba Kambwili with Amos Chanda at Statehouse
Chishimba Kambwili with Amos Chanda at Statehouse

Government has assured mine workers and the nation as a whole that no unnecessary job losses in the mining sector will be entertained.

And Cabinet has assured the nation that mealie meal prices will not increase because all fundamentals in the production line of the staple food remain unchanged.

Briefing journalists in Lusaka today on the outcome of the 21st Cabinet meeting held yesterday at State House, Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said government will not accept any arm twisting coming from the mining sector.

Mr. Kambwili said mining companies budget for their workers’ salaries in US Dollars and it is shocking that they are using the kwacha’s depreciation as an excuse when it is in fact working to their advantage by spending less on wages.Mr. Kambwili has also disclosed that a team comprising officials from five government ministries will tomorrow meet the mine owners and trade unions to discuss the best way to handle the current challenges.

He said there is enough maize on the market and no other factors have changed for the millers to increase the mealie meal prices.

He said government is working hard to ensure that an amicable solution is found to avoid any possible job losses.
And the Chief Government Spokesperson says Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has been directed to meet with the millers to communicate government’s position over their intentions to increase mealie meal prices.He said there is enough maize on the market and no other factors have changed for the millers to increase the mealie meal prices.

Other items that cabinet considered include; the approval of the Employment Amendment Bill of 2015 to abolish casualization in Zambia, introduction of Gender Equity and Equality Bill of 2015, Appointment of Members of the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Board, Establishment of the Jubilee Women’s Roadside Markets Program for 2015 – 2018 and reappointment of Directors on the Zambia National Building Society Board of Directors.

Others items discussed include plans to revise the new fees and fines for traffic offenses with a view to restating the status quo.
Government will to this effect soon announce the revised changes.

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  1. “Unnecessary job losses in the mining sector will not be entertained”. Cam someone break it down for me?

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    • For his own information, Tell kabwili that jobs are already lost and mealie meal prices are already up. I know he is living in the past.

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    • Ba Kambwili, even if they budget in dollars, there is less dollar for the same ton of copper. Negotiate don’t threaten. Ala mwandini!

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    • So Zambians will believe ? It’s simple and you don’t need a PHD to see that this government has failed.

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    • Here is it broken down for you!

      Jameson Lungu has decided that Zambia needs some entertainment. So he found a couple of jokers called Kwambili and Chanda that he wanted to have fun with. Then he used the same trick used on Mugabe and replaced the statement they were supposed to give with a bulshit one to see if they would notice the difference!

      When they actually read the bulshit out, the whole Nation laughed until they fell over!

      Good joke!

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    • …………….mealie meal prices will not increase because all fundamentals in the production line of the staple food remain unchanged.

      The above sentence is too dull to be real. Mr minister no production fundamentals can be held constant when cost of energy is going up. The cost of living under you rule has more than doubled, this implies the salaries of workers will need to be adjusted, hence the cost of labour (making up production cost) will go up as well. Unless you are implying all workers’ salaries and wages should remain the same next year. You seem not to understand the chain reaction which is being created by the cost of energy supply being unpredictable. The alternative will be to have the millers close shop and you have more job loses. By the way we are still waiting for…

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    • ” And Cabinet has assured the nation that mealie meal prices will not increase because all fundamentals in the production line of the staple food remain unchanged. ”

      The Kwacha depreciated against the US dollar 10-fold since rebasing, which means that all imported goods in US dollar become 10x more expensive in Kwachas.

      So, any component to the cost of mealie meat that depends on imported goods has already gone up – specifically fuel, farm equipment, etc.

      Now if Zambia manufactured/produced these herself, this would not be an issue.

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    • Briefing journalists in Lusaka today Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili and Amos Chanda said….

      We have to let you know that the President is unable to read your suggestions at the moment as he is currently suffering from a $300,000 hangover.

      If he wakes up at some time tonight, I will try to pass your message on to him. However, there is no guarantee that it will be read due to the fact that load-shedding by all his friends at ZESCO has left the Nation in darkness.

      This is is not his fault, but entirely due to God forgetting to make it rain, and our great President is urgently addressing the issue. He has rebuked the Creator severely for this mistake, and pointed out that if he has not made any mistakes it is very unpatriotic for God to make some……

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    • He recently assured me that his recent discussions with God have resulted in a promise to supply enough Sunshine for all the solar powered Mlls he has bought at great National expense.
      He is also awaiting delivery of the 500,000 jobs he ordered, and the re-valuation of the Kwacha to 1-1 to the Dollar.

      Zambians, you can relax. The President has said he has not made any mistakes and everything is under control!

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  2. IF IT COMES FROM PF, IT IS LIES! THIS FROG IS JUST TEASING ALL OF YOU. THINGS ARE VOLATILE IN PF. THE FOOLS HAVE FAILED LAMENTABLY. ABASH PF! ABASH LUNGU!

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  3. “Unnecessary job losses in the mining sector will not be entertained”. Can someone break it down for me?

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    • Thats because these numpties are now giving the mines all types of incentives, subsides at the expense of domestic electricity customers and taxpayers to save s few hundred casual workers.

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    • @ Mwananji Muchini
      “Unnecessary job losses in the mining sector will not be entertained” simply means that there will be job losses as long as the mining companies justify the termination of some jobs. In other words there will be certainly be job losses. kambwili is just blowing hot air to deceive the usually gullible Zambians. What Kambwili has done is simply to confirm that the mining sector will experience job losses.

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  4. kwena uyu Chibwi a litipwa kabili alishama. He says one thing without thinking and the outcome won’t agree with his unrehearsed pronouncements. Pf government is a waste to this nation.

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    • It is scientifically proven that there is a correlation between one’s facial features and general behaviour. The faces of Chishimba Kambwili, Rupiah Banda, Nkandu Luo, Davies Chama and Jean Kapata just to mention a few tell volumes of their character.

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  5. Don’t just yap bwana King K, tell us concrete measures you are putting in place to avoid labour lay offs and mealie meal price hikes. You don’t Govern by threats on business men. This is what has killed the economy and the kwacha. Education is great mwe; you people.

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  6. Job cuts will occur and maize meal prices will rise, well they already have. The Government has spent a better half of its tenor fire-fighting and not governing. The PF Government is very reactive and not proactive. During the tenor of the MMD under Mwanawasa, there was so much organization that things appeared to ‘be running themselves’.

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    • I remember people refusing to be tipped for fear of being suspected of bribes )corruption). Under PF, people are demanding to be paid! We are in maningi trouble!

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  7. Comment:The foolish ones utter incoherencies. This PF govt is a failed one. The earlier they are removed, the lesser the destruction to the economy will be.

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  8. Why are they just talking from Lusaka? They should come on the ground and talk to the mines unlike just issuing statements which have no effect whatsoever. What is wrong with these people in govt kanshi? Assuring people who have already been laid off is absurd to say the least.

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  9. IF IT COMES FROM PF, IT IS A LIE! LOOK AT THIS FROG SHAMELESSLY LYING TO WHOLE WORLD. THIS THIEF IS MAD. PF IS A DEAD GOVERNMENT.

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  10. Empty tin talking nonsense in public. Would this bafoon please keep quiet. All job loses are necessary

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  11. This s da person who told the Baluba miners in luanshya to go for work yet ninshi the mine has been closed. Anyway his brain cells are dead.

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  12. “Government has assured mine workers and the nation as a whole that no unnecessary job losses in the mining sector will be entertained.

    And Cabinet has assured the nation that mealie meal prices will not increase because all fundamentals in the production line of the staple food remain unchanged.”
    This is a populist stance, denying responsibility and pointing a finger at others as the causer of this problem. So the bad guys in all this are the mine owners and the millers.
    Hon. Kabwili, things will soon backfire.

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    • “So the bad guys in all this are the mine owners and the millers.”

      They are the ones that have to find the money to pay the salaries!

      Ba PF, just make 6000 more Ministries and appoint all these out-of-work miners as Ministers and the problem will be solved!

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  13. This is really a challenge for the govt. What can change if the market forces are dictating the prices? Remember there are no price controls any more. What ba Kambwili is trying to do is to introduce price controls. It is not only the availability of the maize on the market but also what it takes to deliver the inputs, transportation, the kwacha which is sliding very fast and the confidence levels that the international community has to invest in the country, the political will and right people in the right places(Ministries). It is not easy to run a govt with people like ba Kambwili who always respond to issues aggressively without thinking first!!! This one has been a government of bullies and specialists in insults…..they remind me of Jose Mourinho of Chelsea who doe not accept…

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    • Zed mix, ati “market forces” kanshi???

      Fat Frog has never heard of this thing. He only knows he is a “degree holder” from Copperstone University and that makes him clever enough to change mealie meal prices by just talking malubbish.

      What a joke!

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  14. Kashimba Chimbwili is not different from that Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf AKA Comical Ali. He issued totally contradictory statements to what was happening on the ground during the 2003 war in Iraqi (Bush time). They must have gone to the same school of misleading the public. Kikikiki

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  15. One of the reasons why the kwacha is losing value is due to lack of investor confidence in our government. You cannot send a nincompoop like Kambwili to address investors by way of threats thru the media. Let government engage mine investors at the highest possible level instead of asking this buffoon to threaten them. Kambwili is not an intellect and that he is the chief government spokesman baffles my mind. Kambwili is only fit to be sent to negotiate with fellow jerabos.

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  16. Kambwili, the problems faced by the country are not a joke. The 2nd thing is that in business, its not about what govt position is but its about profit. One cannot run business without profit. If that what you do then you are a failure and cant inspire.

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  17. Do UPND cadres mean well for the country? Voting for these bitter souls will be the worst thing to happen in Zambia. How cannot you support the Government on this noble decision bangwele imwe??

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    • @David Chinyama. Iam not a UPND supporter, but I voting for PF in 2016 is destroying this country. We shall try HH as ECL has failed to govern. As someone has said, part of the reason the Kwacha is sliding the way it is is lack of investor confidence in those who are ruling us.
      The country is bigger thanPF & Lungu. Let us tryu someone with ideas (as Lungu has none).

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    • @ David Chinyama

      “noble decision”???
      1mbecile, go and kiss comical chimbwili arse in private and not in public.

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  18. No one can change another unless they first change, and to change another, you must first change your concept of yourself, because it is the concept that you hold of yourself that makes you see others as you do.

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  19. “Others items discussed include plans to revise the new fees and fines for traffic offenses with a view to restating the status quo.” If PF is pro-poor, why has Kambwili not effected the reversal of fees with immediate effect? Can you not see that govt is interested in milking people?

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  20. i am warning you millers and mine owners that government will not be arm twisted and taken for granted. if you fire anyone heads will roll. i am giving you 2 days to rescind your decision to fire anybody – imbwili ni imbwili

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  21. Zesco has proposed increase in electricity tariffs yet he is not threatening them, let alone assuring the nation that there won’t be such. Moreover, I thought it was agreed in parliament that this bufoon should not comment on matters he has little or no understanding especially economic matters.

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  22. MEALIE MEAL PRICE WILL NOT INCREASE PF GOVERNMENT I HAVE JUST BUY A 25KG AT 80,000 HERE IN CHELSTON.ITS TRUE IS GOVERNMENT OF CON MAN THE SAY THIS AND ON THE GROUND THINGS ARE NO MATCHING.

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  23. What these fools do not understand is that most of these millers run operational plants which require parts & other replacement items imported from other countries. What do they mean fundamentals have not changed? This is probably the most dull regime in the world & am really scared. Even Lubinda whom i thought was sharp is equally a retard.

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  24. Empty vessels make the most noise. Pandemonium in PF, where is ECL to calm peoples nerves, ati aliba Humble talanda landa? my foot!!

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  25. Hakainde Hichilema, Edith Nawakwi, Wynter Kabimba read Fred Mmembe are worry freaks or worry peddlers. They want to get the people of Zambia to worry all the time. They actually sell worry as a commodity. Surely are things gloomy all the time? Isn’t the world bad enough to be reminded all the time about worry? Their message is Lungu this, Lungu that and PF this and PF that. Is Lungu so bad that even if they proposed solutions to the economy he would not take it? And why do they have this great appetite to advise the PF government through the press? Is Lungu so difficult to see? Really? Why can’t they for once be happiness sellers? If they love Zambia so much as they want to potray, why can’t they propose solutions now than wait until they become presidents in years unknown? Surely? Or do…

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    • @Comedians. I think the reason they give their advice thru the press is that they don’t want the President to start announcing that so & so wanted to see me at State House but I turned him away. Remember what ECL said about Fred Mmembe in Solwezi?

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  26. Low water level and streighthing of the kwacha is not Edgar s problem its a grobal issue .so don’t tell me to change the gorvenment s like under wears,Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!

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    • Its Global and NOT Grobal, its weakening kwacha and not that word you have used. In short be real like your name. You know nothing.

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    • Why i am getting feeling that you failed almost all subjects at grade 12, We dont need people like u in this country, you need to be incinerated

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