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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Mining Reflections: Proposition Two (Update), 2nd Edition

An update to "proposition two" that demonstrates that even government is aware of the environmental carnage being wrecked by mining companies. Unfortunately Minister Namugala seems to be at sea with what to do:
“We need resources and more needs to be done in advocacy; one of the challenges in this sector is that we do not have vocal civil society organisations to speak on issues of the environment. We are not doing enough and I call on civil society to help us do so...."
Why should it be up to Civil Society Society?  This is pathetic to say the least. A government minister begging civil society to give it hand to enforce its own regulations?  People pay taxes so that the Minister does her job. Who exactly runs our country? If Namugala is unable to do her job perhaps its time to resign?

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4 comments:

  1. all the member of the GRZ are bad, very bad, only one solution, change it !

    I can't understand why no one in the GRZ asked a question about the poor benefits of MOPANI,

    I can't understand why no one in the GRZ is aware about the dividends 400 M US$ (not 300) that Kansanshi no give to ZCCM-IH

    I can't understand why the money is only in the pockets of the foreign companies...

    but I understand that this money is in other pockets too !!

    I understand why GRZ understand nothing !

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  2. Why should it be up to Civil Society Society? This is pathetic to say the least.

    They should be hitting the mines with all kinds of taxes and penalties. Road tax for the destruction their trucks are creating on the roads. Pollution tax when they destroy the water supply.

    The reason they are not paying levies is the same reason they are not paying taxes.

    They're 'protected'. The MMD is running a protection racket, and rolling off the cost of running the state on anyone who is in employment.

    It could be called 'neoliberal economics', but it is really the old colonial situation, often with the same people calling the shots.

    I thought Minister Namugala was supposed to appear on ZambiaBlogtalkradio.

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  3. "it is really the old colonial situation"
    with the help of some Zambians

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  4. againme said...

    "it is really the old colonial situation"

    with the help of some Zambians


    That's the same too. Check out how colonialism worked in any country.

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