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:   Kalu Plots to Sack Kasengele, Recalls Erick Mwanza (news)
Zambia Reports
26 May 2015

Zambian football boss Kalusha Bwalya is reportedly plotting to sack his longtime chief executive officer George Kasengele and replace him with former media manager Erick Mwanza who is currently a ... [read more]

Zambia:   Nchito's Integrity Was Questioned - Aide (news)
Zambia Reports
26 May 2015

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has come to the aide of Republican President Edgar Lungu saying the Head of State is not involved in the probing of ... [read more]

Zambia:   Siliya Humbled to Contest On PF Ticket (news)
Zambia Reports
26 May 2015

Patriotic Front Petauke aspiring candidate Dora Silya says it's is with deep humbleness that I once again put myself up for leadership as an MP in Petauke Central. [read more]

blogAfrica is'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!