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Should Zambia impose windfall taxes on mining companies?

Zambia's presidential election takes place next week and a key campaign issue has been whether or not the country could earn more from its copper wealth, given the high prices on the world markets.

Before privatisation of the mining sector in the late 1990s, revenues from Zambia's copper sales helped finance the country's infrastructure.

Some Zambians now argue that windfall taxes should be re-imposed on the mining companies to further social development.

To find out more, the BBC's Mutuna Chanda travelled to Kitwe, in the Copperbelt region, and sent this report to our Focus on Africa programme.

  • 13 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa