Police in Lusaka have warned and cautioned Zambia Employers Association executive director Harrison Chibanda following a complaint by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda that he was inciting employers to rise against government.
Chibanda was interrogated for about four hours at Lusaka’s Central Police station on Wednesday. And Provincial Police Commissioner Dr Solomon Jere confirmed a warn and caution statement had been recorded. But Dr. Jere says the matter has nothing to do with politics.
Police last week summoned Chibanda but he could not avail himself as he was attending a funeral.
There has been a heated debate on the recently announced minimum wage for shopkeepers, Domestic workers and General workers. According to the minimum wage announced a domestic worker should be paid not less than K550, 000 (110 U$) while shopkeeper will be paid K1,100, 000 (210U$) The Employers Association are accusing Minister Shamenda of not having consulted in coming up with the minimum wage.
The employers are also aguing that the effected minimum wage cannot be sustained and will cause people to lose jobs.