There is no racism at Horse Shoe Restaurant in Lusaka-Minister of Labour

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Joyce Nonde-Simukoko
Joyce Nonde-Simukoko
Minister of Labour Joyce Simukoko says investigations have revealed that there is no racism at Horse Shoe Restaurant in Lusaka contrary to reports in some sections of the media.

Mrs. Simukoko has since called for the arrest of Mika Mwambazi a member of the public for alarming the nation.

She says many teams have been sent to the affected area to investigate the matter.

Speaking after meeting management and workers in Lusaka today, Mrs Simukoko said racism is as bad as tribalism as it can breed into war.

She has emphasised that the place is still conducive for everyone.

Mrs Simukoko has disclosed that the Ministry of Labour has directed management to put workers on permanent jobs.

She also said management has been directed to employ a registered human resource person to handle other labour related matters.

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  1. +48
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    She has been bribed to shut up. Zambia is a seriously corrupt country. Who did the investigation?

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      A whole minister can not issue statements like that on individual businesses and calling out names of members of public…its wrong!!

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      Is this another grade XII drop-out: “…. She says many teams have been sent to the affected area to investigate the matter.” What a hopeless cliche’.

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      Listen to her! They treated her nice and she decided they are not racist. Typical black inferiority when faced with Whiteness. How did she measure that there is no racism? Most racism is conveyed through verbal remarks. In fact the most racism is difficult to notice on face value, its subtle and systematic. What a shame!

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      This is nonsense. Why can you protect the whistle blower? Maybe the same teams you sent to investigate were offered food and all to report otherwise. Even the Zambian workers who fear to lose their jobs in this hard economy could have report false information for fear of victimization by their employers.

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      Useless, this is why Zambia will never move forward. You want to arrest someone who reported the issue?? She has been bribed and is a shame to even the workers at the restaurant. Now you have just made Zambians to be slaves.

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      “She says many teams have been sent to the affected area to investigate the matter.
      Speaking after meeting management and workers in Lusaka today, Mrs Simukoko said racism is as bad as tribalism as it can breed into war.”
      So these Teams have been sent to restaurant to masquerade as paying customers or undercover employees? Lastly how can a minister be chairing a meeting between a Private establishment and employees…how is this possible, is there no national issues to handle. Please relieve this minister in the nation’s interest, she is a disgrace as does not know her role. No wonder the are no proper policy being created as Parliament is full of empty good for nothing tins like this daft woman Joyce Nonde-Simukoko.

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      Only a judicial officer can declare a person guilty or innocent. The charge of racism is not political, it is criminal and should be dealt with by courts of law and not tin-pot politicians who are given money under the restaurant table.

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      Speaking after meeting management and workers in Lusaka today…..
      The statement above shows the low capacity of the said minister to handle such matters. She expected workers to say their employer was abusive in front of them, in a country where unemployment is the usual business. Madam minister, next time stick to what you know best and this definitely is not one of the things you are able to handle with the competence and wisdom required. On you call to have a Zambia arrested for doing her civic duty of notifying the nation, you have got it all wrong, though it is not shocking that you did get that one wrong too.

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      Poor method of investigation. No worker will justify the nature of racism going on at horse shoe in front of a camera for fear of being victimized. Use LD4 method to dig out the truth. Mind you, don’t be like your predecessor who used to receive money under the table and sat on genuine cases for his personal gains.

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    How does the whole minister state a business establishment by name and is calling for arrest of the member of public…this is just wrong. Where is Cabinet Office to advise the empty tins on how to perform their job?

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      That’s what one gets when you vote for clueless corrupt Dununa reverse politicians, & Government.
      Zambians voting for P.F, is similar to a Chicken voting for Christmas, or a Turkey voting for Thanksgiving in the U.S.

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    Why issue instructions to arrest someone over your findings which are based on your opinion. You telling me you can’t just cancel him instead of every time giving instructions to arrest someone. Is it the food you enjoyed that makes you want him behind bars. Please ba minister stop behaving like you’d be treated the same way as an orderly person. Play a role of uniting not dividing. Remember in Zambia the police is a service not a force. You killing our part with comments that are not of loving but dividing.

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      Once will elect them they become kings and queens…who is she to call for the arrest of a member of public who whistle blow…who did her ministry interview and where is the report? These people should be anywhere near our ministry; they are not fit for purpose.
      This is embarrassing and utterly disgraceful, leave such matters to people who know how to handle this issues.

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      Is there a crime called “alarming the nation”? If there was such a crime, Trump would not be President of USA! On racism and tribalism being equally bad and can cause wars, Nonde is right and should know seeing how northerners are so tribal.

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    “Mrs. Simukoko has since called for the arrest of Mika Mwambazi a member of the public for alarming the nation”
    That’s diabolical leadership from this woman. Did this woman (Simukoko) make any attempts to hear Mwambazi’s side of the story?

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      Same thought here! You know Zambians, obviously she forgot her mission the moment she was offered an “exotic” meal & drink over there.

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      Its not up to her to call for the arrest of a member of public…its up to the business…this is shambolic disgraceful leadership…this woman should be relieved asap, I am sure PF can easily pick a tin from the back bench to fill this role.
      Moreover is it the Minister of Labour who deals with such issues? Where is the Ministry spokesperson? Lazy Lungu where is your leadership …this is utterly disgraceful and very unprofessional.

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    This is bull crap!! What a country. Who is Joyce to issue such instructions in our own country????? Pathetic to the core.

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    I think its only fair for you to publish your investigations instead of rushing to publish a name of the person to be arrested. You have come out so unprofessional Madam Minister. Others would even think you are a shareholder as you even suggest the company to put their employee on “perma” and even hire a HR just to cover up the fact that maybe they might have been true racial remarks or behavior as aired by Mika Mwambazi. Anyway let those applications start rolling in.

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    This is boring Ba LT give us news around Zambia’s neighbours not this Joyce bla bla bla thing.we need to hear latest happening in Drc by now you have highlighted the happens there like…pandemonium has broken out in some parts of Drc due to…..

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    Joyce kashule coz clearly u failed to burp after eating. Then come back and retract your statement. We all know horse shoe pipo funded govt elections and in Cases like These as a whole minister with your govt if u had nothing to say u should have maintained states quo. You and the people you represent are a disgrace

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    This sounds fishy, and as a minister who sent out investigators, you can not issue statements like this. You can not put someone’s name out like. She is now putting the life of this person that reported the racism in danger. By the way I’m a PF supporter, we can do better.

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    I bet this woman’s net worth (Bank account) has just doubled at least, by this bizarre statement she has just released. This is how sick and corruptible our so-called leaders are. She has just sold her own brothers and sisters, her own kith and kin.

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      When we say PF govt is a moron!c organisation that should never have been in power at all, it’s not an insult but a statement of fact. This woman’s id!otic public pronouncement against a fellow citizen and in such blatant support of racism proves just that. Every one of them from the so-called president to the lowliest one are so brain dead I wonder how they can possibly be in power!

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    Please people, everyone has his/her own approach to issues let the minister do the Job her way. Please minister, I call upon your office to also rigorously carry out an Audit on public institutions that are changing pension schemes from one to the other as some officers might take this opportunity to misappropriate funds.

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      There is not such a thing as a minister doing things are own way. She is injured the lady she is calling for her arrest and you want us to stay quiet. That is not possible. Your minister is out of line for failing to protect the lady informing the nation. It took Zambians in the USA to come to the aid of the poor girl and only the minister to side with the business owners.

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    Simple. The aggrieved should give us evidence of racism the same way the authorities should show us evidence of no racism. No need to posture from either side. Let the facts settle this matter.

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    Liosten to yourself Madam…smh With such people at the top, foreigners will always get away with their racism. Most foreigners in this country treat their Zambian employees very badly. She does not say anywhere that Mike’s side of the story has been heard so why should he be arrested? We will rise up if that happens. Its too much of foreigners getting a better share and treatment in every way in our own mother land. Enough is enough mxxxm atase nafulwa sana

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    A post on TripAdvisor by Tabitha M. Describes it as the most racist restaurant in Zambia. Go online and look up Horseshoe Restaurant racism and you will find this complaint on the ratings. Dated 5th or 6th May 2016.

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      I’m always quite carefull with TripAdvisor. Anybody can just write anything.
      I’ve seen a lot of fake reviews like I’ve seen many collusive and malicious reviews.
      Many reviews are by owners’ friends, family or PR firms.

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    Ms Nonde, where in the zambian laws is it written that it is an offense to complain about mistreatment by a business entity – by the way Mika is not the only person who has complained, many others have!

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      This woman is an idio-t the whole PF is a shame and not fit to rule. You have disappointed those that gave you the benefit of doubt. Shame on you PF. SHAME!!! silly things like this only happen in Zambia where the rights of the citizens of the country are never prioritized. Zambia is our land step down people if you have failed we can’t go on with this circus. You have failed in all areas. NON SENSE,

      inferior complex ifitenge ububi. Hair style belongs in the market. What’s the qualification to be a minister in Zambia apart from boot leaking.

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    You want whistle blowers and then turn against them, that is why people fail to report bad things even reporting the person who has been found dead to police, the reporter becomes first suspect what is wrong kanshi? Do you know comments and derogatory remarks these white people say who own companies in Zambia? One expatriate was telling a Zambian that his salary is less than his dog (expatriate salary) imwe kuli busy ati mwikateni. Muleumfwa insoni we bulanda ulakula ee!

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      She hasnt . she has always had an inferiority complex. At one time she laughed at people who grow up in the compounds. What do you think a person like that thinks of status racial or class?

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    Mrs Minister, if the Zambians were casual employees and there were others who where permanently employed by virtue of skin pigmentation or by virtue of carrying non-zambian passports, that is racism.
    Why direct management to employ them permanently?, is the Labour law silent on casual employees? why not advise the employees to join the union?

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    The female ministers are most empty of tins in Zambia. Never thought I would see the day I would miss MMD. Chiluba and Miyanda would never allow a foreign ape to mistreat Zambians like this. This has my blood boiling. Let me calm myself. This minister needs to be replaced; whistle blowers are to be protected by any means necessary.

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    Very foolish of this Minister. One wonders how much she was given to defend the offenders. I will certainly not be going to the horse shoe ever again.

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    When we say PF govt is a moronic organisation that should never have been in power at all, it’s not an insult but a statement of fact. This woman’s idiotic public pronouncement against a fellow citizen proves just that.

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    Greeks are now the lowest of Europeans, even Somali and Syrian refugees flee from there to the Northern European countries. Greeks by nature are some of the most racist and dodgy characters you shall ever meet. If only Africans realized their superior position as compared to the originators of homosexuality ( the Greeks ). Even bigs are better than these low life sons of goats. Then there is this worthless minster; putting our sisters name out there, our sister Mika, a creation of the Lord God Jehovah. Mika the true patriot.

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    I hope Zambians shall converge and show solidarity, we cannot let these worthless defrauders of European loans, the Greeks, come to Zambia and insult our fellow compatriots. We are closer to God than these mongrels. Some one stop me, because this story has me seeing red. Of all Europeans, I would never fancy a Greek woman. My knowledge of their mundane foolishness is wide. They are sketchy, Germany was right in not wanting to bail them out when Greece was bankrupt. How are they part of the EU and produce nothing of tangible value. At the least Italy is equally defrauding the EU banks, but it has ferraris and lambogini factories. Okay let me repent then post an uplifting comment for my fellow Zambians.

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    They knew they were being watched and so they are not fools to continue with their racist attitude during the period. Such investigations need to cover a longer period in order to determine the whether the allegations are true or not.

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    & HERE LIES THE PROBLEM WITH THE BLACK AFRICAN.
    Mu mutu biii.
    Oppressed & home & abroad.
    I hereby rest my case!

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      The same magg0t that poor girl was trying to help, has taken ka K500.00n & betrayed his saviour
      Africans are beyond saving, best course of action is to look the other way when one sees them being oppressed.
      Same Black African Americans betrayed & killed Malcolm X, for trying to save their “Black Bacon”

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      Cont;
      & now unarmed Black African Americans are being hunted & shot like game, without any justice, & in Zed we have silly Belly officials fighting the corner of their oppressor. SHAMEFUL!!

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    yesterday ZRA boss was talking about rewarding whistleblowers who report suspected tax evadors, today the minister talks about arresting somebody. So you expect me to come and report big fish who are evading tax? never I can end up being betrayed to the mafias.Hon you expected the workers to tell what really happens there? madam stop being naive and come back to the real world.

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    I think she’s the one who’s alarming the nation with her shallow statement. What kind of leadership is this that is so patronising and arrogant to it’s citizens? Zambia deserves better than this for sure.

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    Police please Arrest Mwika Mwambazi, people have to learn a lesson from this that its wrong to scandalise other pipos names without evidence. Good job Minister.

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    Joyce you are wrong here. This is not how to handle such matters unless there is something seriously unethical that the minister got herself into. Truth will be known soon.

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    These are Greeks, they work on your mind.they know how to buy off government officials. If they is no racism, why do they call Zambians ee mavree

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    @ Steve, raising or causing alarm to the nation is a criminal offence. Secondly Horse shoe can also sue her for defamation and loss of business by her comments which so far have been proved false.

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      @peter the one who raised the issue has not been heard on this matter. What did that person say? what was her experince when she went there? until we hear her side, it is ssfe to say the minister over reacted.

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    Sometimes what is taken as racism is just a matter of perception, cultural differences, and upbringing. I used to frequent a lodge owned by young white couple in Kitwe . The husband was a fourth generation Zambian while the wife was second generation. To me, they were very nice, very friendly, and very patriotic, They were also fanatical supporters of our national team and would don national colours and attend every game involving the national team, and even followed the team at times outside the country. Interestingly, I met two Zambians who considered this young couple as very racist. I just couldn’t figure what racism they saw in this young couple because just about every other black Zambian I knew one else who had stayed at their lodge thought they were a fantastic and non-racist…

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      shut up, ask them to take you to their country so you can own some business like theirs. You full of rubbis-h

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    I just couldn’t figure what racism they saw in this young couple because just about every other black Zambian I knew one else who had stayed at their lodge thought they were a fantastic and non-racist couple!

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    I just couldn’t figure what racism they saw in this young couple because just about every other black Zambian I knew who had stayed at their lodge thought they were a fantastic and non-racist couple!

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    This woman is an idio-t the whole PF is a shame and not fit to rule. You have disappointed those that gave you the benefit of doubt. Shame on you PF. SHAME!!! silly things like this only happen in Zambia where the rights of the citizens of the country are never prioritized. Zambia is our land step down people if you have failed we can’t go on with this circus. You have failed in all areas. NON SENSE,
    inferior complex ifitenge ububi. Hair style belongs in the market. What’s the qualification to be a minister in Zambia apart from boot leaking.

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    I am extremely disappointed with this Simukoko. She has dented the image of my Party. Each and every word she used smells with high levels of corruption if not just incompetence. How do you issue such a biased statement. How do you call for the arrest of a whistle blower. That should have been called by the Company owners after they got exonerated. I call for an investigation of this statement.

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    They must be sent back to Greece. We don’t need foreigners who keep on insulting Zambians in the name of investors creating jobs. Joyce just keep it shut if you can’t help us. I call upon all peace loving Zambians to stop giving this Horse Shoe business.

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    The poverty and illiteracy levels in Zambia are high, therefore madam minister your investigative team might not have been told the whole truth by the employees for fear of losing their jobs and all they have never really understood racism complex. Maybe they (employees) are waiting to be whipped like slaves to consider it racism

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    Joyce should have not been the one to announce the outcome of the so called investigations because should the other side of the matter want to appeal, where do they go? Just to be seen to be working? Never the less when one is treated differently does not constitute racism. It is what goes on in your head that determines your reaction. If your mind is racially inclined, your analysis of matters shall equally be.

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    I think the Hon. Minister of Labour Madam Joyce Nonde Simukoko was given the wrong impression by management at the place in question. A lot of abuse of Zambian workers and clients are on the upswing at some of these places owned by foreigners. Let her one day visit these places as a private figure and she will see for herself.

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    One day visit ati there is no racism what a joke. those poor workers want their pennies ther can never say the truth.

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    Joyce Nonde went to Horseshoe and after eating horsemeat decided to start spitting horsesh!t. Unacceptable!

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    Very disappointing statement from Joyce Nonde. Arresting whistle blowers? Really? Get serious pa Zed. This is crap

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    The Minister is simply safeguarding interest of both parties coz threz is no evidence to established.Instead of scaring Investors at expense disgruntled lazy individuals.

    It’s amazing how everyone seems to be blaming Minister yet we have failed to fight stinkibg Tribalim in our work places perpetrated felow zambians.

    Ths being hypocritical and myopic.

    Sort out yr own dirt closets before nailing others.

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    You can take a horse to the horseshoe restaurant but you can’t force it to tell Greeks that they are racist

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    We only think racism involves persons of color and the lighter skins. Joyce just exhibited the higth of racial remarks on a fellow person of color. An arrest for what?

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