Government must deal with Dangote Trucks
As MMD National Youth Secretary, I have just concluded a successful tour of the Copperbelt Province. I particularly spent a lot of time attending to various social and economic issues affecting our people in Kabushi constituency in Ndola.
Kabushi is so dear to my heart because this is the place where i lived and i still have a lot of my friends and family members living there.The interactions with ordinary people made me realise the importance of concerted efforts in responding to the many challenges affecting our people. I heard chilling tales of how our people are coping with the everyday life pressures but I was particularly encouraged by their resilience to change their situation through hard work.
How can someone explain the decision to allow Dangote Cement Zambia Limited to bring in 400 trucks into Zambia from Nigeria to start moving its cement?
What was however troubling is the fact that certain Government agencies are working in reverse.President Lungu’s call on some civil servants that are frustrating Government programmes such as the Voter Registration Exercise should be supported.
We can confirm that Zambia has some civil servants who are clearly not aiding President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s passionate drive to empower local Zambians. We feel the frustrations that President Lungu has shared over the inept civil service are well placed as the inefficiency is deep rooted.
It is very clear to see that some Government agencies are working against the overall aspirations of President Lungu’s administration.
How can someone explain the decision to allow Dangote Cement Zambia Limited to bring in 400 trucks into Zambia from Nigeria to start moving its cement? Does this mean that Dangote Cement Zambia Limited does not trust in the capacity of our trucking firms to move its cement across the country? How many jobs would have been created if Dangote Cement Zambia Limited was compelled to engage our local trucking firms? Did ZRA even collect the right amount of duty on those trucks?
We have done our investigations and can confirm to the nation that the decision to allow Dangote to bring in its own trucks was part of the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement signed with the Zambia Development Agency.So how can public officers sanction such a move which is clearly not in the best interest of the nation?
Several transport firms in Ndola and across the Copperbelt have packed their trucks due to lack of business. The coming in of a huge cement plant in Masaiti by the Dangote Group was heralded as a great business opportunity for the local transport sector.
We thereby appeal to Government to compel Dangote Cement Limited to take back its trucks to Nigeria and force the company to hire local transport companies to move its cement.We believe this will be a more sustainable way of sharing benefits of the Dangote investment with the local people.
Issued by: Bowman C. Lusambo
MMD National Youth Secretary