They do not stand up to scrutiny, and are not supported by the facts
Allegations by UPND mining spokesman Percy Chanda that the mining industry operates in secrecy through private Development Agreements with the government are a whole decade out of date, Chamber of Mines President Nathan Chishimba said today.
He was responding to an article in the Daily Nation [11 December 2017] in which UPND Chairperson for Mines, Percy Chanda, accused the mining industry of having “secret” agreements with the government.
“Statements about the mining industry should be rooted in fact, and not populist emotion,” said Chishimba. “This is critical given the industry’s pivotal role in generating foreign earnings, employment and economic growth.” Chishimba proceeded to refute each of Chanda’s allegations point by point:
Chishimba said the mining industry and government departments had made significant and important improvements over the past decade in information sharing and transparency, and it is important that this be acknowledged.
“We look forward to the day when politicians find it useful to praise and support the industry, instead of ritually condemning it for short-term political gain.” END
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