Mining company fined K90,000 in penalties for breaking labour regulations


Government has fined Luida Investments Limited operating at Jifumpa Mine in Kasempa District of North Western Province to pay administrative penalties amounting to K90, 000.

This came to light yesterday during a Labour Inspections conducted by a combined team of officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and its statutory bodies.

This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday by Godfridah Chisala, the Ministry Public Relations Officer.

Assistant Labour Commissioner, Joseph Kaindama, who was part of the team, instructed the Mine to pay the administrative penalties for committing three serious offenses namely obstruction and giving false information to public officers.

Kaindama said the third penalty is failure to provide adequate sanitation and clean water for employees.

“The mine was visited recently where recommendations were made for the company to provide clean water and adequate sanitary facilities to employees, normalize the wages, supervisors warned against intimidating employees,” Kaindama said.

He was disappointed that among the issues raised from the previous inspection conducted at the company, only the issue of salaries increment has been addressed leaving.

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Kaindama said the mining company left out other recommendations the Ministry guided, a situation that has called for stiffer measures to be taken against the mining firm.

Director of Occupation Safety and Health, George Kashinka, explained that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security does not target to punish any organization but to ensure that the Laws that Govern employer-employee relationship is harmonized.

“It is government wish to work with employers in a mutual manner to provide guidance on the best labour practices,” Kashinka said.

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