THE Mine-workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has thrown its weight behind President Michael Sata over his decision to revoke Statutory Instrument (SI) number 89 of 2013 which suspended export duty on unprocessed copper and other minerals.
MUZ general secretary Joseph Chewe said in Kitwe yesterday that President Sata acted in the best interest of the nation when he directed the immediate revocation of the SI.
Mr Chewe said the SI, which allowed mining firms with surplus unprocessed copper and other minerals to export them in raw form for processing outside could have dealt the nation a big blow in terms of job creation.
"Job creation has been the cry of everyone including us the mine unions and so to have a situation where you allow the export of unprocessed copper and other minerals, it means you are exporting jobs to other countries when we badly need them," Mr Chewe said.
He said President Sata had done the right thing in revoking the SI because had it been allowed to continue in effect, the nation would have lost in many ways.
"We were going to lose out first on job creation and also revenue because once the unprocessed copper and other minerals leave the country, it is difficult to monitor let alone account for them in terms of benefits," he said.
Mr Chewe said Mr Sata deserved commendation for this bold decision to reverse the suspension of export duty on unprocessed copper and other minerals.