President Edgar Lungu has been applauded at the ongoing conference on Sustainable Development Goals after he said that investors that are in Africa to reap without paying dues are not right for Zambia and should not be allowed.
Speaking during a Panel discussion, President Lungu cited Vedanta as a case in point where he has had to tell the investor to leave Konkola Copper Mines.
The President also asked moderator Dr. Donald Kaberuka whether there was a country in the World that did not borrow but emphasised that what matters is how the borrowed money is used.
He wondered what was wrong if the borrowed money was invested in infrastructure development, in agriculture and energy.
President Lungu Investors using Corporate Social Responsibility to hoodwink the country cannot be tolerated adding that working with the private sector, civil service and all citizens, a country cannot fail.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has assured that other investors have expressed interest to invest in Konkola Copper Mines.
Other Panellists were during the discussion included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who concurred with President Lungu and Liberia’s Vice President Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor who agreed that Corporate Social Responsibility is being used by investors as a form of paying back instead of paying tax.
President Lungu said creating SDG Centres in Kigali, Lusaka and Monrovia will help enhance regional integration. The Center in Zambia is scheduled to be opened this year in August.
The President also discussed early child marriage saying in Zambia, traditional leaders are playing a critical role in addressing the matter.
He said role models like the Vice President of Rwanda should be used to show that women can succeed.
Responding to another question from the audience, President Lungu said Zambians should not take for granted the peace the country is enjoying and cited Rwanda as an example of a country that understands what it means to live without peace.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.