RB condemns coal mine shootings
Rupiah Banda speaks to journalists in Lusaka before departure for Mpulungu
President Rupiah Banda has condemned
of 11 miners by some Chinese investors and urged investors to follow the
country’s labour laws.
And President Banda has also advised politicians
against politicising labour matters.
Speaking to journalists in Lusaka
yesterday shortly before departure for Mpulungu, President Banda said he did not
like what happened at Maamba Collum Coal Mine.
“I don’t like what
happened there and the law is definitely taking its course,” he said.
President Banda said it was wrong for people to single out a particular grouping
as this would create a phobia against them.
“Let’s be careful that we do
not single out people. Everyday people are shot by Zambians, whites, Americans,
this business of Chinese, Chinese, we should not create a phobia against
people,” he said.
The shooting of Zambians by the Chinese investors was
wrong and Government had taken a definite position to detain the
He said Government had held discussions with the Chinese
Ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin and that he also agreed that Chinese investors
must follow the laid down labour laws.
It was not good to incite people
to rise against a particular group of people.
“In this country I want
everybody to feel at home,” the president said.
He said if investors made a
mistake they would face the wrath of the law. The president also advised
politicians against politicising labour issues.
“We too as politicians
mustn’t politicise labour issues, there are problems everyday. The country is
growing in that investors are coming from everywhere everyday. There has to be
problems but they have to be handled in accordance with the labour laws of the
country,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Lusaka directed
the management at the mine to foot the medical bills for the 11 miners who were
shot by two Chinese supervisors last week.
According to the statement
released by the embassy, the mission expected its nationals to strictly comply
with the laws and regulations of host countries and also promote the social and
economic development of the local community.