PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says it is unfair for women in mining to be treated the same way as big mining conglomerates when it came to taxes.
President Lungu has called for a different fiscal regime for Women Small Scale Miners in the country.
Speaking when he addressed the executive leadership of the Association of Zambian Women in Mining (AZWIM) who paid a courtesy call on him at State house, President Lungu said it was unfair for Women in Mining to be treated the same way as big mining conglomerates when it came to taxes.
“There is no equity in that. We have to find a mechanism that distinguishes small scale miners from big ones. That’s the only way we can help you people produce and make profits,” he said.
He was responding to the association’s spokesperson Pastor Pauline Sialumba Mundia who told him that Zambia Revenue Authority had put small scale miners in the same bracket as big mining firms.
And in her vote of thanks, AZWIM president Mary Mphande Lubemba thanked President Lungu for according them a chance to air their views to him, something the association had not received in a long time.
“As women miners, we want to thank you for the door that you have opened for us. Last time Mr President, we were here as Small Scale Miners was in 1991, the time of the first president Dr Kenneth Kaunda,” she said.
President Lungu urged the association not to relent.
He further told them that he was greatly humbled with the spectrum of women involved in mining as it was complete, starting from the very educated to the most humble in society.