STOP ARM TWISTING OVER NEW TAXES, MINES OWNERS TOLD
MINING companies should embrace dialogue instead of arm-twisting tactics when Government introduces taxes which they may not be comfortable with,’’ $ssociation of Mine Suppliers and Contractors ($MSC) president $ugustine Mubanga has said.
Mr Mubanga said it was sad that, instead of resorting to dialogue in resolving issues of tax and others, some stakeholders in the mining sector have been in the habit of arm-twisting and sending negative statements about the Zambian mining industry to the international community. He said in an interview in Kitwe that he has always believed that dialogue was a better way of resolving issues than arm-twisting tactics. “It has always been sad that, instead of finding an amicable way of resolving issues in the mining sector, some stakeholders have always come out with armtwisting tactics, especially when government introduces taxes which they may not be comfortable with. ¶’:e expect staNeholders who have invested in our country to seek dialogue with the government and not to resort to sending negative statements about the Zambian mining industry,’’ Mr Mubanga said. Mr Mubanga also said the mining sector was key to Zambia’s economy and must be used to distribute wealth to Zambians through giving them meaningful contracts which they should deliver without interference and intimidation. He said the government and Zambians in general should define how they want to benefit from the mines so that the country can move towards that direction. He said employment and paying tax to the government should not be the only way to benefit from the mining sector, but empowering Zambians through meaningful contracts should be the way to go because if local Zambians are empowered through contracts, they would create jobs for their brothers and sisters. ¶’$s president of $M6C, , think, the mining sector should be used as a channel to wealth distribution to the citizens. This wealth can be distributed through giving meaningful contracts to local contracts who will in turn employ local people. ¶’$s a nation, we have to define how we want to benefit from mining companies. :e need to put up laws that will protect the business interests of Zambians. Botswana and 6outh $frica had laws that protects the interests of local people. :e need to do that as well,’’ he said Mr Mubanga said various players or stakeholders in the mining and other sectors were expected to promote the Zambian economic potential in their respective sectors instead of coming out so negative. He said Government should allow players in agriculture, tourism and other sectors to promote and market the country’s potential by highlighting the benefits of investing in the tourism or agriculture sectors. “The players or stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism and mining know the challenges and benefits in these sectors and what is needed to be done to address the challenges and develop the sectors. “6o it is for this reason that players or stakeholders should be allowed to promote and market the economic potential of Zambia on the international community,’’ he said
$s president of $MSC, I think, the mining sector should be used as a channel to wealth distribution to the citizens. This wealth can be distributed through giving meaningful contracts to local contracts who will in turn employ local people.