Thursday, 21 October 2010


Mkhondo Lungu
Government has engaged the Chinese Government through its embassy in Lusaka to pay the Zambian employees at the Chinese-run Collum Coal mine in Sinazongwe district, Southern province.
And Government has appealed to foreign investors to abide and respect the Zambian labour laws failure to which appropriate punishment will be meted on them.
Home Affairs Minister Mkhondo Lungu told parliament today that government is saddened by the Collum Coal mine shooting which occurred a few days ago where 11 mine workers and a passerby where shot at by two mine managers.
Delivering a ministerial statement in parliament today, Mr. Lungu disclosed that his ministry, in collaboration with ministries of Mines and Mineral Development and the Labour and Social Services has engaged the Chinese Government on discussions on the incident.
He said government is considering a ‘Fast-Track Court’ to deal with such matters in the near future.
Mr. Lungu further disclosed that the two managers at the Mine have since been sent to Choma Central Prison pending court proceedings.
The Minister however regretted that Police have arrested some workers who are alleged to have stolen property from management offices.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lungu has appealed to political players to stick to the electoral code of conduct and desist from engaging their cadres in violence ahead of the Chilanga and Mpulungu parliamentary by-elections.
The Minister said political party leaders and their supporters should at all times maintain peace.

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