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Chinese investors are locking their workers inside their plant for fear of spreading the COVID-19-Lusambo

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Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo says there has been an increase in the number of reports of abuse of workers being recorded during this period of COVID-19 in the province.

Mr. Lusambo says most of the reports he has received involve foreign investors’ majority of them are Chinese investors who are locking their workers inside their plant for fear of spreading the coronavirus pandemic if they are left to go home.

The Provincial Minister said reports indicate that some workers have spent close to two months without visiting their families and are forced to send their salaries to their families using mobile money platforms.

He said he will to this effect be deploying officers to check on the situation and has warned appropriate action will be taken against Investors that will be found wanting.

Mr Lusambo is concerned that such abuse of workers risk driving many of them to exhaustion, illness, depression.

Meanwhile, Mr Lusambo has warned that the owner of the closed Lantian restaurant in Lusaka’s Longacres area will be deported should he be found guilty of discriminating against Zambians.

He said the restaurant Owner Tang Wei will be used as an example to all would be offenders that racism will not be tolerated in Lusaka Province.

Mr Lusambo said apology or no apology, Mr Wei must be aware that Zambia is a country of laws which should be respected by all employers regardless of their nationality.

And Mr Lusambo who has laughed off claims that most Government Officials are on the payroll of Chinese Investors, said he has received reports from various employers locking their employees for several weeks due to COVID-19.

31 COMMENTS

  1. WHOSE,SUPPOSE TO BE TALKING ON THIS? IS IT NOT THE MINISTER OF LABOUR,MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS?BOSS,GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN LINE OF DUTY. U ARE GETTING INTO OTHER PEOPLES JOBS.YOU,ARE EVERYWHERE.

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    • Wangline, the fact is that lusambo is the boss of lusaka province,he his constitutionaly recognised, you are the one who should go back to school.I feel sorry for your guidians for waisting their money on a moron.

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    • Comment:wechikopo niwebo Mr lusambo is a provincial minister of lsk and he is de one to talk abt the affairs of that province. what if those others don’t see de problems?iwe leka bulldosor abombe.

  2. Locking up workers in Chinese factories has nothing to do with coronavirus. Chinese companies has been doing this all over Africa for decades

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  3. This is very serious and we should address it quickly, if the ministry of labor or home affairs are not doing enough then Lusambo has every right to do it.

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  4. Lusambo is on record(in fact on video) assuring chinese that he would organise access to the president for them. Even pointing at the flag on his government vehicle as an assurance. All for getting a bribe. Sooo….he should just keep quiet. We all know he is on chinese payroll. Not based on rumour, but on solid facts and information.

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  5. Chinese company in Lusaka that makes synthetic hair and wigs has been locking up their workers since they opened the company. The workers are not allowed to go out for lunch breaks or visit the toilet until they knock off. Some workers has to wear diapers for fear of soiling their clothes

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  6. I know there is deadly covid out there , but now GRZ seems totally absorbed with covid and checking the Chinese ……are there no other important issues these people like Lusambo and Sampa can be doing ?

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  7. You allowed the Chinese to be your developing partners without setting the standard you require from them. PF government is way too disorganized and i don’t know who is in charge?

    PF must go!

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  8. Christian religion make people docile, it says love your enemies Jesus is coming and all the bullsh!t message has been brainwashing Zambians

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  9. I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND ALL THESE NONSENSE… HOW CAN FOREIGNERS COME TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND HOLD YOU HOSTAGE?

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  10. China and Zambia are good friends. Maybe this is just to prevent the new coronavirus. Don’t be too extreme.
    Certainly does not exclude the individual bad person.

  11. China and Zambia are good friends. Maybe this is just to prevent the new coronavirus. Don’t be too extreme.
    Certainly does not exclude the individual bad person.

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    • Chief Lundazi stop masquerading. I think you are from Kawambwa. You never said anything in Lundazi Languages

  12. I am surprised that people are surprised that a few Chinese can oppress multitudes of Zambians. Don’t forget that Zambia is made up of cowardly tribes. 80% of tribes in Zambia ran away from confrontation from the Luba-Lunda kingdom and South Africa. Zambians are descendants of cowards who refused to fight for their rights and opted to go somewhere where they thought they will live without violent challenges. That is why our liberation struggle was so calm. All our liberation heroes don’t have scars on their bodies or amputated limbs. But check out the countries where we originated from, Zaire, Angola, South Africa…when they mean to fight for their rights, its real business while Zambia applauds, tolerate and accommodate their oppressors. Its not a new normal but a self-sustained…

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  13. And it was these provincial ministers like Lusambo back in 2016 who were sponsored by Chinks to tour China all paid for …now you are reaping what you sow 5 years ago all in exchange for bribes.

  14. Even dogs in Zambia are suffering because of cruel treatment for their meat.
    THE CHINESE, THEY THROW LIVE DOGS INTO BOILING WATER, ITS ON YOUTUBE, BUT DONT LET YOUR CHILDREN SEE IT PLEASE

  15. We have said before on this forum that almost all Zambian employees to Chinese work on slave terms and Zambians who are used by Chinese employers as window dressing, to create these Chinese companies as good employers know it that their fellow Zambians work as slaves. We have to understand that there is repression in China and the world knows. So, Zambians have little choice because of poverty they enslave themselves to these new Chinese colonial masters who, inadvertently have little education, un enlightened and without morals. This is how low and cheap a Zambian has become while we claim to have a government.

  16. And Lusambo swallowed that very lame covid 19 excuse? Any Zambian his age knows about numerous such behaviors by various exploited employers. This didn’t start because of covid-19. It’s employers who use slave conditions to deny their employees basic rights. I have seen plenty of stories by reporters who have uncovered this useless capitalist behavior long before covid 19

  17. @peter ndjobvu stop degrading our mighty ancestors or you will receive their wrath. People leaving kingdoms to found new ones was always a way of life before the arrival of the white man. If anything these were people with the courage to start something new all the time unlike you nowadays who just want to carbon copy everything you have found on earth and not get creative. Even this limp unproven theory you are throwing about on LT is a carbon copy of some white guy who used to write for the times of Zambia whose name I’ve just forgotten. The kingdoms that are found in Zambia were and are as great as any unless you want to diss anyone who has had the courage to be adventurous enough to start something new. The Zulu in the South originally came from the Lunda Luba kingdom and the Ngoni…

  18. They’re also poaching n logging these Chinese, you brought corrupt people imwe ba PF,see what they’re doing now.

  19. Have you ever think about closure of other foreign companies, leaving thousands of people jobless at home or at street. Have you ever think about many Chinese companies are trying to save life of zambians by locking instead of throwing away without anything. Have you ever think about how could zambians survive if everything shut down. Measures must be taken if keep factory running, same to Chinese workers, no exception.

  20. I am Richard from South Africa, Chinese have a history of not respecting labour laws. What is happening in Zambia is the worst human rights violation, locking someone against his will amount to abduction.

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