ZAMTEL IS MAKING LOSSES – MUTATI
MUTATI DELIVERS LAST NAIL ON ZAMTEL’S COFFIN
.. As he says the company is beyond redemption and Government won’t waste resources on it
By Scoop Reporter
TECHNOLOGY and Science Minister Felix Mutati has disclosed that Zamtel is in a loss-making venture as a business, with about 90 percent of its revenue being utilized for administrative expenses.
Mr Mutati said Government will however, not recapitalize Zamtel because it has other priorities it intends to spend its resources such as funding the teacher and health-workers recruitment, Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and youth empowerment.
Mr Mutati says estimates show that Zamtel currently needs a sum of US$265 million in order to survive as a company by way of investing in its co-networks, infrastructure and other business support services.
Mr Mutati says this is in exception of a staggering debt of around K3 billion and the over US $500 million owed to Lapgreen, without taking into account other liabilities.
He said Zamtel as a company has a deficit on working capital ranging around K1 billion with its balance sheet unable to support programs such as maintenance of current infrastructure, expansion and modernization, a key issue requiring to be addressed urgently.
“Go there and think, dialogue and find innovative solutions particularly the $265 million need, then give us a roadmap to implement a solution. That solution will then be referred to the steering committee chaired by the President. We need to find solutions and that should be our target,” Mr Mutati said.
He says the Minister of Finance has his hands tied for him to begin financing Zamtel’s operations as he has to deliver value to the people.
“If it means we need to cut some limbs in order to save the life of Zamtel, so be it because that is where the solution for Zamtel lies. Let’s not take it as an easy conversation,” the minister told Zamtel Managing Director.
Source – Zambianobserver.com