Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has dismissed as misleading and misplaced allegations by the judiciary and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ) that government is taking advantage of perceived divisions in the labour movement to entrench its position over wage freeze.
In a statement available to ZANIS in Lusaka today Mr. Kambwili said government has adopted an open door policy on which stakeholders are free to engage it on any issue of concern.
The newly appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting said there is no justification for JAWUZ to accuse government of insincerity over a matter that is still open.
Mr. Kambwili said government has the welfare of workers at heart which is one of the important factors of production in the national agenda.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kambwili has described as insincere and incorrect portrayal of facts attacks from Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) Leader Charles Milupi that it is an act of financial discipline for government to propose to create more ministries.
And Mr. Kambwili has advised the mining companies to pursue the path of dialogue as opposed to threats and black mail against government over mining matters.
He said President Lungu directed the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to dialogue with mining companies with a view to arriving at an amicable settlement.
Mr. Kambwili said this is proof that that government is not chasing but embracing investors contrary to accusations attributed to Vendata Resources PLC and First Quantum Minerals.
He said it is government’s desire to ensure companies pay the right taxes as it is imperative of good tenets of governance.
Mr. Kambwili said Zambia remains open to dialogue with the mining firms on this matter.