Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l) cuts the ribbon to officially launch the Construction of Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant while her Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame(c) and GONOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelabai(r) looks on during the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant  in Lusaka South Multi Facility Zone
Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l) cuts
the ribbon to officially launch the Construction of Motor Vehicle
Assembly Plant while her Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame(c) and GONOW
Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelabai(r) looks on during the
Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant in Lusaka
South Multi Facility Zone

Minister of Commerce Margaret Mwanakatwe has commissioned works for the construction of a motor vehicle Assembly plant at the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone – MFEZ.

Mrs Mwanakatwe says the state-of-the-art plant by GO NOW Zambia is a milestone in Government’s efforts to industrialise the Country.

She says it is gratifying that GO NOW Zambia has partnered with China’s third biggest motor vehicle Assembling company in setting up the plant which will gobble 1-hundred and 75 million US Dollars.

Mrs Mwanakatwe says the plant is milestone in technology and skills transfer to Zambians.

The Minister says Government is working hard to diversify the economy and reduce the cost of doing business.

She says 1-hundred and 44 companies are willing to invest in the MFEZ as Zambia remains a conducive environment for investment.

The Minister of Commerce has urged other companies to emulate Go Now Zambia by investing in the country’s sectors such as water Development and Energy.

And GO NOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelebai says the company has so far acquired 4 million US Dollars for equipment for the the plant.

The GO NOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer says ZEMA has already approved the project after acquiring land on lease.

Mr. Mukelebai says the project is important as it will afford citizens an opportunity to own economically priced vehicles.

Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l) unveils the plaque to officially launch the Construction of Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant while her Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame(c) and GONOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelabai(r)  looks on during the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant in Lusaka South Multi Facility Zone
Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l)
unveils the plaque to officially launch the Construction of Motor
Vehicle Assembly Plant while her Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame(c)
and GONOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelabai(r) looks on
during the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant
in Lusaka South Multi Facility Zone
Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l) congratulates  GONOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii Mukelabai(r) during the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant  in Lusaka South Multi Facility Zone
Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe(l)
congratulates GONOW Zambia Chief Executive Officer Siisii
Mukelabai(r) during the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Motor Vehicle
Assembly Plant in Lusaka South Multi Facility Zone
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  1. You open motor plant with load shedding. will you be building half cars kikiki. meanwhile it seems the smokers have taken over lusaka times as they are cheating the votes by using tricks to upvote sinkamba as politician of the year. they cant handle the truth that hh was overwhelmingly voted as politican of the year through fair votes. As for best blogger, i thank you all for the huge support you have given me. We hope lusaka times will soon announce the winners

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    • Mwanakatwe! Maggie is not a minister that commissioning is illegal, another petition please!!
      And that handshake tells a story

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    • Ndobo you are right. but nothing can surprise you with these pf thugs. was it not their own shy president who issued a statement that ministers could continue drawing salaries after parliament has been dissolved. Upto now have any of them paid that money back? Now if you have a lawyer as dull as lungu as president what do you surely expect from his ministers. Maybe they will be assembling wire cars

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    • What type of cars will they be assembling ? Heng Hings???????. If is a reputable car manufacturer ( we all know them) putting up this assembly plant I would say thumbs up. Not these heng hings, which the Chinese themselves in China don’t buy.

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    • Mwanakatwe is not a Minister. She is illagally holding on to the job because the boss has a habit of allowing illegalities. Bunch of jokers

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    • Indeed – why can’t these lazy journalists do some background and inform us this is a Chinese plant for manufacturing those Toyota look alikes from China called GONOW? Awe shuwa…

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    • LT, why do you write numbers like this: ‘1-hundred and 75 million, 1-hundred and 44?’
      You should realise that you are not just informing but also educating. Children in schools read this and they will never know the right way to write out numbers in full. I have complained about your grammar and spelling before, but now I give up. You are the face of Zambia online news worldwide and remember that non-Zambians read this too. Please make an effort to be EDITOR.

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  2. NEZ! The only post election leader who is talking sense is Sinkamba! hh can not be politcian of the year! Having been in politic for more than 5 years, he is literally behind a new comer ECL by 47,000 facebook likes.

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    • how can you compare hh and lungu. Lungu has lost the little crediblity he had. If a man can steal client money and a national election.. what can stop him from opening 47000 fake facebook accounts and liking his own page. kikiki Anyway maybe they will be building wire cars at this plant because lungu cannot be successful at anything.

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  3. Motor Vehicle assembly is just that. Assembly. Especially by a foreign company that is just using your country’s space to assemble their vehicles. While it can provide employment opportunities for the locals, it is still dependent on the company’s willingness to continue their operation in the country. If they don’t like something or someone pisses them off, they don’t hesitate to shut down the operation and move their company to another country. What we need to start doing as Africans is to begin to empower our own local businessmen and women to begin to manufacture (not just assemble already made parts) vehicles. That means having all parts of a car made locally, from the engine to the body. If you say that’s not possible, it’s because you have a complex and you think that as…

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    • Even SA simply assembles and you from Dundumwezi want to make a car all the way from the soil? What a joke!

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    • @Chama wape Tenga, there are certain freedoms that SA has been given for manufacture of parts as they assemble from the manufacturer. Realize that you cannot find Tazz in Japan (the Conquest) and service and attention is South African. Of course in the case of Zambia you will soon have your manufacturing plants crawling with Chinese laborers. In SA artisans are still respected because they can churn out quality on an ongoing basis! Yaba!

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  4. (Continued)… Africans we can’t do it because we’re doomed to be assembling other people’s machines and then call it innovation. Ghana and Nigeria, and a few other countries are already endeavoring to manufacture vehicles that are made from parts mainly manufactured locally by their fellow countrymen. Just go to YouTube and look up “Vehicles made in Ghana,” and see what you get. When are we going to start manufacturing our own machines from the scratch and not just assemble other people’s machine parts? Think!

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  5. Lawlessness and impunity have really taken root in this country. Mwanakatwe has no business commissioning projects as a government minister at this moment. Her seat was nullified and she is supposed to stand down. So is Nkandu Luo. With these kind of precedents, the stage is set for this country to nose dive into absolute chaos. Why is the head of state keeping quiet on these anomalies? The speaker is also mute. Who should push these people to vacate office, is this not criminal?

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  6. NEZ! You bitterness will take to an early grave. You are not even aware that the is a 100 mw solar plant under construction in the same multi facility zone.

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    • Until my people stop suffering from darkness and constant load shedding, i will continue to be bitter!! this is 2016 and you want to reinforce africa as a dark continent again due to your failures. Everytime you talk about constructing this and that.. when will ever see the fruit of your supposed hard work. Am a man who believes in action speaks louder than words. When i joined this lusaka times i said that i will speak the truth without fear or favour and even criticise the upnd when they do wrong. I did just that and you can see from my nomination as best blogger.

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  7. We in UPND aim to create jobs and stimulate the economy through this four major ways:
    (a) securing the mining sector as a way of “revitalising the once upon a time vibrant mining towns on the copperbelt”;
    (b) working with industry to “open up opportunities in underdeveloped sectors such as tourism, agro-processing and manufacturing”;
    (c) support Zambians “to set up businesses focused on value addition”; and,
    (d) equip Zambians with “real skills” and “empower those who want to start their own business”.

    VOTE NEZ AS BEST BLOGGER MWEBANTU

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  8. Nice move,but we have copper,rubber trees,mukula tree,so many natural resources required when making cars,what I mean is why can’t we start making cars from the scratch rather than just assembling parts from other countries.

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    • How are you going to keep the lights on in that car plant may i ask? Are you going to be buying charcoal from Soweto Market?

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  9. illegal minister commissioning a fake project. watch the space with this loadshedding caused by God during Pathetic Failure or Reverse Regime.

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  10. Is this plant like the commissioning of mulugushi textiles lungu was opening and the jobs this plant will create will add on to the 500,000 lungu promised to create by year end 2016. Go PF.

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  11. Livingstone Motor Assemblers revisited!

    Go and look at KKs “fantastic project” that wasted millions of taxpayers money.

    Assembly plants need electricity to operate. Tell us where that is going to come from with current ZESCO loadshedding?

    Those that do not learn lessons from history are doomed to repeat those failures again and again.

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  12. @Chama wape Tenga:Yes South Africa assembles,but on their own terms.They tell the manufacturer to sell them the licence to assemble independently,using their soil(where the plant is built),their self built equipment/shipment,their man power,their people,for their benefit.They not just blindly commission and commision projects that wont even be complete.This is just another way of stealing money.Cos who in Zambia will buy those Hino trucks this plant will assemble?waste of space,time and money.Including the advertising space here on Lusaka times.

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  13. An illegal minister commissioning a fourth rate assembly plant that has a ridiculous name. .. I would rather drive a datsun 120y.

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  14. 1. UPNDonkeys can’t keep their mouths shut. Hey sorry what is the correct name for the mouth of a donkey? Something similar to hooves maybe?
    2. I thought that the Speaker of Parliament is the one who declares a parliamentary seat vacant, has he done so?
    3. Keep it up Madam Honourable Mwanakatwe until your seat is declared vacant. You are a quality minister compared to the vice president of UPNDonkeys for example.
    4. UPNDonkeys have never formed government so they have no idea what they are talking about. They just open their mouths anyhow and carelessly.
    5. They don’t have to worry about the future of this country or anything else because their chances of forming government are now negative after the undesirable publicity that HH has attracted to himself tutored by the de facto…

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  15. Those vehicles to be assembled at that plant will be only for rich people unless they are telling us that the parts will be second-hand. But on the bright side it will create the much-needed jobs for our people

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  16. Continue to argue we are working 2021 Zambia will have fresh not recycled or untried leadership seasoned but clean not umumgulu

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  17. Why is she doing that? She is not a minister. This is the problem with this government. Sooner or later it will become customary and she will be given her job back. Just kick her to the curb because this woman lacks morals and is a waste of time. Why are they keeping her if we want development in Zambia. Zambia cannot work under the people we have. Kambwili has not yet been taken to court nor did they repossess what he stole. If Lungu wants to move the nation forward he needs to grow some ba*lls. This in-party fighting will cost him! Wait and see!

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