As Zambians demand fair tax rates, a British sugar giant grows fat

From Global development | The Guardian Sat Feb 9 2013, 16:59:02

In a country where malnutrition and poverty are still rife, multinationals remove $2bn a year from the economy through tax avoidance. It's legal - but is it moral? And should the government and UK companies take a stand?

On the main road to the home of Zambia Sugar Plc, a large sign advises visitors: "Welcome to Mazabuka - 4km to the sweetest town in Zambia."

Lying around 100km south-west of Zambia's capital, Lusaka, the town has been described by the chief executive of Zambia Sugar's parent company as an island of "relative prosperity" in a country where malnutrition and poverty are still rife.

George Weston, 48, who earns £918,000 a year plus an annual bonus of £864,000 leading Associated British Foods, is right. Jobs created by Zambia Sugar in and around its Nakambala Sugar plantation in the Mazabuka district are vital to local livelihoods.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Zambia/Guinea Bissau:   Chipolopolo Arrive in Guinea (news)
Zambia Reports
31 May 2016

The Chipolopolo boys have jetted in Guinea Bissau four days before the crucial Group E 2017 Gabon Africa Cup qualifier. FAZ had organized the team two international friendly matches against Togo and ... [read more]

Zambia:   I'm a Proud Father, Says GBM (news)
Zambia Reports
31 May 2016

I'm a proud father, says UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. Mwamba, commonly known as GBM, is escorting his daughter Sibongile to file as UPND parliamentary candidate for Kasama ... [read more]

Zambia:   Kabwata Comes Alive During Nominations - Gunshots Fired (news)
Zambia Reports
31 May 2016

Kabwata came alight as three parliamentary candidates did as everyone across the country filed their nominations for the August 11 general elections. Gunshots were fired in Kabwata with Clement Tembo ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...