President Edgah Lungu address Labour day 0536
President Edgar Lungu has paid glowing tribute to all workers in Zambia for their sacrifices and contributions towards the development of the country.

President Lungu said government continues to focus on policies, strategies and programmes that will significantly contribute to realising employment creation, human development and broad based pro-poor growth.

He said it was for this reason that special attention has been placed on the promotion of increased investments in infrastructure such as roads, schools and health facilities countywide.

Mr. Lungu said this in Lusaka today during labour day celebrations under the theme “achieving national development through productive decent work, sustainable job creation and social justice”.

He said in addition, government continues to invest in sectors such as agriculture and tourism to create wealth and employment.

The Head of State said consequently, over 7,000 formal jobs were created in various sectors of the economy in 2015.

He said the Zambian economy continues to be buoyant in spite of economic challenges both on the domestic and international fronts.

President Lungu said there was need to create decent jobs which remains one of the core priorities and policy objectives which the Patriotic Front (PF) administration has embarked on.

He said as a member of the United Nations family, Zambia is committed to ensuring that the sustainable development goals are fully realised, in particular, goal number eight (8) which places emphasis on decent work and economic growth.

And President Lungu has said recent experience has shown that reliance on copper as a source of employment and economic growth may not be sustainable.

He said there was need therefore to develop other industries which can sustain the economy when the mining industry experiences downturns.

President Lungu said government was committed to providing equal access to employment for the youths, men, women and people living with disabilities among others.

He said this year’s theme is in line with the aspirations of his government to foster national development and promote productive decent work which is aimed at ensuring inclusiveness and equity for all workers.

Meanwhile, Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has called on Zambians to give Mr. Lungu another five year mandate because of
his stance on supporting decent work policies.

Mr. Shamenda said tremendous effort has been made in protecting the workforce in the country and to ensure minimum wage is paid to the workers.

Meanwhile, Mr. Shamenda has called for peace ahead of this year’s August
11 elections because the international community has known Zambia for peacefulness.

And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Chishimba Nkole said most workers today are struggling to make ends meet due to the escalating cost of living the country is faced with.

Mr. Nkole said the issue of the high cost of living should be urgently addressed by government noting that the country is headed for more difficult days for workers and other vulnerable people.

He said it was important for government to realize the seriousness of the problem so that mitigation measures can be taken as quickly as possible.

Mr. Nkole said it was saddening that some employers seem not to be interested in the welfare of the workers and yet they are very interested in the profits being made by the same workers.

Amayenge Banda at Labour
Amayenge Banda at Labour

Lusaka Fires Officers Demo
Lusaka Fires Officers Demo
ZAMTEL Workers at Labour Day
ZAMTEL Workers at Labour Day
ZAMBIAN WORKERS AT LABOUR DAY MARCH PAST
ZAMBIAN WORKERS AT LABOUR DAY MARCH PAST
President Edgar Lungu with Minister of labour
President Edgar Lungu with Minister of labour
President Edgar Lungu at Labour day Ceremony in Lusaka Picture  by Eddie Mwanaleza.
President Edgar Lungu at Labour day Ceremony in Lusaka Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza.
President Lungu with labour Leaders
President Lungu with labour Leaders
President Edgar Lungu with Union Leaders at Labour Day
President Edgar Lungu with Union Leaders at Labour Day
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30 COMMENTS

  1. No tributes. Pay them well and reduce the cost of living so they can have a better life for them and their family. None of these tributes and words will substitute the fact that you should be spending tax payer money well instead of travelling all over and heavily taxing these poor workers so you and your friends can enjoy.

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    • I just want your votes, you lazy, underpaid, good for nothing, demoralised workers.

      As you can see, my good friend Shamenda even managed to chop off most of his unsightly beard.

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    • There are no ritual killers in Zambia, only cunning people harvesting healthy young men’s organs for profit. Talk to the Chinese, they may know something about that!

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    • Pic 1 – Amayenge Banda has a transgender member! Who’s that second from left in the picture with long braids?

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    • ala this public holiday was nice for Lungu,,, away from work and a few more bottles of drinking than usual!!!

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    • Nothing new same labour challenges year in and year out, same speeches bottom line no strides made in alleviating workers challenges!

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  2. Ba Chagwa, ever open mouth and gullet like a fish in the pond.The result of always opening the mouth for jmsons

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    • By penetrating between the large legs – easy! And they are getting sweeter too!
      If you cant manage kanshi ndiwe chi ngomwa….you might as well cut it off!

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  3. Glad to see were Facky managed to find a barber shop. As for PF and their blind cadres, whatever happened to the 500,000 jobs for the president to say and I quote “over 7,000 formal jobs were created in various sectors of the economy in 2015”.

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  4. I’m sorry ED. You don’t inspire confidence. Think how different it could all have been if you didn’t have a God complex. No one has the right to inherit a country. We need people to earn the position, motivate industriousness and work for the betterment of all. It’s not an easy job. Good on you for going for it but perhaps you are a tad unqualified to inspire the generation that needs to work off PF debt and actually start to see Zed and its resources as a hold mine to cultivate and mint. Old school politics need to be replaced by a competitive future thinking generation. Two cents. I know but I love my country enough to want more than mediocre.

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  5. AWE KA LUCY AKANYO KWATI MWAUUU ***** ULEKWATA UMUCINSHI………#ECL 2016 AND BEYOND

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  6. To the Govt of Zambia the one person that has let down workers is Shamenda remove that chap please he is a NON- PERFORMER that has overstayed.

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  7. 7000 jobs? Are you serious?

    Mumbi Phiri promised us 500,000 jobs!

    What happened to the remaining 493,000?

    What is really happening is you have failed to deliver your fake promises! And you want us to vote for you again!

    Get out you drunkard!

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  8. freed slave, employment creation is a process. its not a one day thing. one activity leads to employment of certain numbers and another process does the same. a farmer has to plant and when the produce is ready, he creates jobs for the people to harvest and when harvested, the farmer will now create jobs for delivery people ( drivers) and after delivery sales people are employed and so on and so on. after the chain is complete a list of people would have been employed. it takes time its not abracadabra and the 500,000 jobs are created. the forecast for Govt is to create such jobs but thru a process

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    • Malango nobody put words in the mouth of Lungu,he said it himself that they would create 500,000 jobs.It was a completely irrational staetement and when opposition challenged him,they were condemned as being pessimists.So what we are asking today is that were are the 500,000 jobs promised???Always remember my friend that a lie has very short legs and the truth always catches up.

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    • Soldiers you are saying EL has failed to create that process forcing the 500 000 jos yo be created. I other words he hasten failed to create ana enabling environment fir economically growth andala job creation. Edgar is full o rhetoric andala mediocrity.

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  9. The Lazy Bum Lungu just continue with your so called…”pro poor growth” whatever that means whilst your fatten your pockets!!

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  10. Edgar Lungu celebrating lost mining jobs and slave wages for Zambian workers.Mediocrity and a downgraded economy is nothing to smile about bwana Lungu.

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  11. In Senanga of Western Province a council secretary who was transferred to Luapula province a Mr Sishumba has been brought back specifically for the purpose of rigging the elections. From what we hear he did the same in 2015. Opposition watch this very crafty man. He was moved to Luapula because of misappropriation of huge amount of public funds.

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  12. He who watches HH and UPND neither sleeps nor slumber. He will contend with anyone who contends against HH. He will save HH to the utmost and give him blessings in Jesus Name.

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  13. Any satanic demon in the order of now ps Chomba speaking malice against HH, receive the judgment and curse of God.

    Any wicked agent of the devil spurning privatization , tribal and shareholding malice lies , God is against you….fall down and die in your curse.

    All demonic spirits of corruption, mediocrity and violence propelling lying and deceptive politicians, drink your poison and die now!

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  14. Mr President, the public have lived a life of sacrifices, but how come you have increased your salary 4 times in one year when you have a lot of benefits and you live in a free house with free food? where is your sacrifice?

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  15. HAS LUNGU TAKEN TIME TO TOUR UTH? PLEASE MR LUNGU YOU NEED TO ADDRESS THE CONDITIONS AT UTH AS A MATTER OF PRIORITY. WHY IS YOUR GOVERNMENT WASTING MONEY HOLDING SUCH PARADES THAT DO NOTHING FOR THE COUNTRY. THESE PARADES DONT EVEN BOOST MORALE WHEN PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY AND EXPERIENCING SUCH UNSANITARY CONDITIONS IN OUR HEALTH INSTITUTIONS. THE MONEY WASTED AT SUCH PARADES AND CELEBRATIONS COULD BE BETEER USED. SPEND IT ON HIRING A COMPANY TO EVEN CLEAN ONE WING AT UTH. PLEASE STOP THIS WASTE. YOU COULD HAVE ADDRESSED THE WORKERS WITH A TV AND RADIO BROADCAST AND SAVED THE MONEY TO CLEAN OR PROVIDE A DUMPSTER AT UTH. AWE SHUWA!!!

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  16. Workers don’t eat tributes they want food on their plates, they want more jobs, they want good hospital services, they want low cost of living etc. All these wants cannot be provided by the PF Govt. Over the last 5 years PF leadership has failed to becoz the leadership is corrupt, wasteful and downright failures. The have no capacity to improve the lives of Zambians becoz they are clueless and visionless.

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