Lusambo tells Chinese to respect Zambian workers and add value to the Zambia’s economy

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Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo delivering his speech during the 55th commemoration of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld
Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo delivering his speech during the 55th commemoration of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld
Government has challenged management at the Chinese owned Jinfa Steel Company in Chambeshi on the Copperbelt to respect Zambian workers and add value to the Country’s economy.

Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo says he has received disturbing reports on the activities at JINFA Steel limited in Chambeshi and hopes things will change for the better.

Mr. Lusambo says while foreign investment is welcome, it is important for investors to respect Zambian laws and human rights.

He was speaking when he toured the 5 million US dollars steel plant.

The minister urged management to ensure business is done in a conducive environment.

And on social responsibility Mr. Lusambo appealed to the company to work closely with the community to ensure that projects benefit the local people are implemented.

Meanwhile, Kalulushi District Commissioner Ken Siyachisumo urged management at JINFA to give priority to local residents when employing.

Earlier, JINFA Spokesperson John Mutale said 85 per cent of the workforce is from the local community.

Mr. Mutale said the company is also complying with all government statutory obligations to contribute to the Country’s economic growth.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. making speeches is good but the better thing to do is engage the labour inspectors to monitor the Chinese companies and others……
    Talk is cheap….. and any breach of labour law must meet the force of the law without political interference….Then the investor will play by the rules……..

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    • @1.1 IT IS THE DUTY OF LT TO ACCURATELY AND FULLY INFORM THEIR READERSHIP. IF THE MEDIA CAN’T HAVE FULL INFORMATION THEY BETTER NOT WRITE ABOUT THE TOPIC JUST FOR THE SAKE OF FILLING UP THEIR COLUMNS. IT’S A PITY WE CAN’T HAVE PROFESSIONALLY WRITTEN PAPERS IN ZAMBIA.

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  2. You are beggars in your own country and you think you can dictate to your helpers kikii lusambo you are a failed noisy empty tin

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  3. Zambians are lazy and even their own employers do not treat them good. They do not like to work, only the Tongas work hard. Bembas and the others are just lazy.

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    • Why should someone with a sound mind tribalise this?Get civilised my friend coz i myt be more Tonga than u yet am Lala by tribe

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  4. @ Moses, you must be a Tonga full of hatred. Grow up and start looking at things differently.

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  5. @Moses:this is the daily thinking of most tongas, HH inclusive.for them only tongas are angels.check any firm owned by a tonga or led by a tonga as Human Resource officer and you will easily notice that only tongas and a few from western and n/western are employed.BUT THE SAME PEOPLE LIKE MOSES ABOVE WANT US TO VOTE FOR HH-MY FOOT!!!ALL MY FAMILY MEMBERS WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HH IN OUR LIVES BECAUSE THEIR HATRED FOR BEMBAS AND EASTERNERS IS WELL KNOWN.so Moses please continue your tribalism and we shall see where it will take your tonga party upnd in future as you will be losing election after election!!

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  6. Have MEI MEI stopped building illegal carwash ans other buildings not to original plan next to Mwanawasa Stadium.
    Can the Honorable Minister act and stop it as HE ECL directed

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  7. How can you urge the organisation to give priority to locals when in the first place they need to hire locals first. If they cannot find locals then they bring in professionals. In most countries say the US even South Africa they hire their residents first then permanent residence and if they lack skills they bring in skilled workers on contract.

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  8. @robmwale, that is good reasoning. #Masalamuso, i wanted to ask the same question although I don’t call these ministers as honourable. The Chinese should have been penalised financially and that is how you deal with companies who disrespect local laws. if it was a Zambian company, PF police would have been sent to stop them.

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  9. How can foreigners respect Zambians when their own leaders do not respect their own voters and treat them as a nuisance? There is no consideration of the impact on citizens on the looting and and abusing of public resources by our leaders! Now expecting foreigners to respect the citizens is crazy. These same Chinese know the amount of looting and plundering going on as they work hand in hand with the same thieving leaders.

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