ZAMBIANS missions abroad must not be selective, but help more people seeking help to grow economic ties with Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said missions abroad existed to help and strengthen bilateral relations between Zambia and countries where they were stationed.
He cautioned embassies against the attitude of not helping Zambians who were seeking help.
The President was speaking when a team of small-scale miners of the Association of Zambian Women in Mining (AZWIM) called on him at State House.
“The people in missions abroad were employed and are paid by Government to help Zambians, but if they are not doing their job, then heads will begin rolling,” President Lungu said.
And President Lungu said Government would soon find a mechanism to have a distinction between small-scale mining and commercial mining.
Mr Lungu observed that the combination of small-scale mining with other commercial mining activities had created a lot of challenges for small-scale miners, especially when exporting their products as they had to go through the same process and charged equally.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has assured members of AZWIM that Government would look into their plight to promote their businesses on the international market.
He noted that women miners played a huge role in eliminating poverty, especially in rural areas.
“We will take your challenges on board, so that we interrogate them, those which will call for an immediate response, we will call for them,” he said.
And AZWIM secretary general Pastor Pauline Mundia expressed concern over lack of attention by diplomats in Zambian missions abroad.
Pastor Mundia said the association had received massive business abroad but had been derailed by some missions abroad.