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 2010-10-22 03:19 pm Back to NEWS
RB condemns coal mine shootings
President Rupiah Banda speaks to journalists in Lusaka before departure for Mpulungu yesterday.

President Rupiah Banda has condemned the shooting 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.

But 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 perpetrators.

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.



 
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