No disruption of projects from mining tax regime – Kambwili

MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili
MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili

Government has assured the people of Zambia that there will be no disruption of development projects  following the recently approved changes to the 2015 mining tax regime by Cabinet that will result in revenue loss of about K2.3 Billion.

Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said though some projects may delay, government is on course to ensure that all the on-going development projects are completed in time for the benefit of the people of Zambia.

Mr. Kambwili who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said government has since asked the Ministry of Finance to come up with proposals on how to cover up the K2.3 billion financial gap.

The Minister said government will also seek donor support and that the nation will be informed of the new developments in due time.

Speaking when he featured on Let the People Talk programme on Radio Phoenix in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Kambwili said government is committed to addressing the various challenges affecting the people of Zambia.

And Mr. Kambwili said Zambia is on course to beating the June 17, 2015 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline of migrating from analog to digital broadcasting.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kambwili has lashed out at some named media houses in the country for their negative reporting and continuous attacks on President Edgar Lungu.

The Minister said the continuous defamation with impunity on the Head of State by some media houses is tarnishing the image of the country.

Mr Kambwili advised the named media houses to stick to the tenets of journalism which is to inform, educate and entertain and warned them against abusing media freedom for character assassination.