Our Labour Movement is capable of handling any threats to democracy, Mwamba tells NUMSA
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has said Zambia has a fearless, vocal and active labour movement to deal with any matter regarding the governance of the country.
He said the country’s labour movement had played a key role in the liberation of Southern Africa and was also instrumental in the democratization of Africa.
Speaking when he received a memorandum of demands from the National Union of Metal Workers in South Africa(NUMSA), Mr. Mwamba said the concern of the Union were misplaced and founded on distorted media reports.
He said the labour movement in Zambia was capable to handle any threats to democracy or the rule of law.
He urged NUMSA to concentrate on the issues affecting their workers and the country of South Africa before they can show solidarity to misguided causes.
He said Zambia was at peace and its democratic processes were not threatened in any way.
He also dismissed allegations that the country had slid into a dictatorship.
He said the recent proclamation by President Edgar Lungu was designed to arrest and deter threats to peace and public safety and was NOT a state of emergency in any way.
NUMSA applied to local police and conducted a picket at the Embassy in Pretoria.
The Union also delivered a memorandum of demands.