Labour Commissioner Chanda Kaziya has reported Kansanshi Mine PLC management to the police for allegedly giving false information to the public officer.

Mr. Kaziya said the management at Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi gave alleged false information to the his team which was investigating whether there was justification for the mining company to contemplate laying off workers following new taxes in the 2019 national budget.

Mr. Kaziya disclosed that the management at Kansanshi Mine gave him three contradicting pieces of information regarding the company’s payroll.

He said the mine management however, argued that the information that was given to his team was correct depending on how you are looking at it.

Mr. Kaziya has since reminded all employers that they are by law required to give correct and accurate information as and when it is requested for by government.

Last week, a team comprising technocrats from Ministries of Labour, Mines, Trade and Commerce, Justice, Home Affairs, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and other government departments, engaged Kansanshi and Kalumbila mines in Solwezi and Kalumbila districts over planned job cuts.

The mines have indicated that they will lay off up to 5,700 expatriates and local workers saying the new taxes will result significantly affect their operations.

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    • thought you where supposed to report your findings to who ever sent you before rushing to police.

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  1. We have not had ZESCO power in Roma Foxdale for 4 days now. How do we prepare to go to work how do we prepare our children for school. We know that ZESCO is inefficient and down right moribund, but this is too much. You power exports to Malawi must not inconvenience us please

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    • Reporting mining giants to ZP is putting more money in the would be interrogation officer believe me nothing will come out of that. Only Magufuli government can deal with such miners.

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  2. Infact a cost audit is needed to ascertain whether production costs against mines revenues are not cooked up.This is where the mine owners use their cohorts the unpatriotic Chamber of Mines together with their counterparts ZIPAR to justify cooked up figures.This has been happening for ages thus depriving Zambia of its much needed revenues for development.

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  3. He does point out what FQM lied. He reports that the FQM management says it depends from what angle you’re looking at it. I think it is not very wise to report that, it gives the mines to get away. He should have more more homework. What lie has the mines committed?

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  4. Is it a state secret to know the details? What does that Kansanshi report of “depends on how you look at it” mean? Isn’t a number just that? What the heck!

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  5. Exactly, mate. What are the details of the offence? Simply saying, ” it depends ….” can not constitute an offence. I’m wondering whether its the usual reporting style of LT? It’s typical of LT to give screaming headlines but without a corresponding narration in the body of the story. Lets hope PS and team have prosecutable facts

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  6. Concealment and falsification of information which is salient for audit purposes is an offense which attract a penalty. Auditors cannot work in the absence of proper documentation. Data on which they base their decision should be available and comprehensive. If an employer or employee is concealing information, then it attracts a grey area in auditors report. The attributes of fraudsters is that they become gibberish in answering queries appertaining to their reports. They will go to an extent of attaching passwords to their documents so that no one has access to them. Furthermore, they hide under the canopy of hardworking reaching an extent of knocking off very late. And in most cases, they don’t even proceed on annual leave in fear of being traced.They cover up their trails.These are…

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  7. First time I have seen a labor officer standing his ground. Is this a sign of good things to come?

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  8. Comment:no shosholiment ba kansanshi. this has been going on for too long, I wish they could be convicted so that they are make examples of.

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  9. I don’t know whether the Police have the mandate and necessary competencies to prosecute an Industrial and Labor Relations matter. The Ministry of Labour can seek advice for the Attorney General on how to proceed, otherwise I don’t see this case going anywhere

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    • They were charged with an offence of giving false information to a public offer. That’s not an industrial labor matter

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    • The court will have difficulties separating individuals from the Company, it’s also difficult to prosecute a Corporate Body on such matters so a fine would settle the case. By the time the case is heard some individuals would have already left employment. So reporting to the Police wasn’t one of the best options

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  10. Reporting to the police is also fine for advancement of the case to the industrial court through the DPP. Otherwise I give kudos bwana labour officer.

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