Government has with immediate effect banned foreigners from selling poultry, quarrying, block making and engaging in domestic haulage.
Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said such businesses shall be reserved for indigenous Zambians because government is determined to empower its citizens.
He said this follows the decisions passed by the 23rd Cabinet meeting held at State House on Monday October 19.
Mr. Kambwili, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, was speaking at a press briefing held in Lusaka today.
He said foreigners who wish to engage in such businesses should partner with Zambians in what he termed as ‘citizen-influenced’ empowerment.
He disclosed that Cabinet approved the Reserved Schemes under Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006 provisions.
“Licenses to foreigner investors who engage in poultry production and processing, quarrying and block making and domestic haulage shall be granted on basis of joint ventures and partnerships with citizen-owned companies in accordance with the Act,” Mr. Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili disclosed that government has mandated the Zambia Institute of Advanced legal Education (ZIALE) to approve and accredit law learning institutions in the country.
The Minister further revealed that Cabinet approved the harmonisation of salaries for civil servants and conditions of service.
Mr Kambwili said the National Food and Nutrition Commission Insurance Premium Levy, Customs and Excise, Property Transfer Tax, Value Added Tax, Income Tax and Lands bills would be introduced in parliament because the laws are out-dated.
He added that cabinet has approved the ratification of the African Charter on values and principles of public service, COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite free trade area Agreement and also hosting on the 42nd ordinary session of the African regional labour administration slated for February, 2016.
The Minister said government is aware of the konzo disease and that health experts are in Lwa-tembo area of Mongu district to ascertain disease.
Mr. Kambwili also announced that Cabinet has with immediate effect reversed the revised traffic fees that were hiked a fortnight ago.
Mr. Kambwili said government heard the out-cry of the people especially motorists on newly introduced traffic fees and fines.
The Minister however, urged members of the public to report corrupt police officers frustrating government efforts on bringing sanity on the roads.
“Cabinet decided that Government would revert back to the old traffic fees and fines,” Mr. Kambwili said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kambwili has defended the presence of deputy ministers at the first -ever-42nd Cabinet meeting saying deputy ministers are there not to contribute but play the role of watchdog (observer).
The Chief Government Spokesperson said deputy ministers do not participate in the decisions made by their bosses (Cabinet) but only gather background information.
He stated that the attendance of deputy ministers, Permanent Secretaries including Directors of line ministers have attended Cabinet meetings after being summoned to appear before the Head of State.
President Edgar Lungu observed that deputy ministers are allegedly not briefed by their bosses hence the need to include them in the Cabinet meetings starting with the October 19 meeting.