Artist impression of the Copperbelt International Airport
Artist impression of the Copperbelt International Airport

Government has released one million Kwacha for relocation of the over 400 settlers on the land earmarked for the new Ndola Airport.

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela also says the settlers will be moved by May 30th to allow the contractor, Avic International start works on the 397 Million US dollars project.

Mr Chitotela said the new Ndola airport will have an annual capacity of one million passengers.

He said the new airport project will create employment opportunities for the people of the Copperbelt and also add value to the province.

Mr Chitotela also said the airport project will come with housing units for workers employed at the airport.

He was speaking when he called on the Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo.

Mr Chitotela announced that the construction works for the new Ndola airport will be commissioned on June 20, 2017.

He also disclosed that the Copperbelt Township roads project to be undertaken by Avic International will be launched simultaneously with the new Ndola international airport Project on June 20.

Meanwhile, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said it is disappointing that the project has taken long to start due to some challenges.

Mr. Lusambo said the new Ndola Airport project is a clear indication that President Edgar Lungu is keeping his promise of bringing infrastructure development to the people of Zambia.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. 1 million kwacha for those 400 to uproot their entire lives and livelihood for good. Seriously you people this is a joke.

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    • this is development for the greater good. people and animals were relocated to build Kariba Dam so you could all have electricity. third world minds can’t assimilate development.

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  2. How can you say the govt has released funds? This figure should be covered in the project cost…you are giving away $400million to a foreign firm yet putting aside chump change for resettling your own people. Its not like the govt is doing them a favour…its their entitlement.

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  3. This government sucks seriously. 1 million Kwacha to relocate 400 human beings??? Are they serious? You divide 1 million Kwacha by 400 is coming to 2500 Kwacha, a joke indeed, more money in their pockets??. I feel so sad for these people, God knows.

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    • Am sure the relocation costs are much much more but the land set aside and the funds have all shared by PF councillors as instructed by their SG.

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  4. Mr. Lusambo said the new Ndola Airport project is a clear indication that President Edgar Lungu is keeping his promise of bringing infrastructure development to the people of Zambia.

    Really laughable…as if they even have money for this, Bowman can not dare mention Sata as he is a chancer and a tool for corruption like the Lazy Lungu.

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    • Your bitterness is discharging my iPhone 7 at a faster rate. Try to term your anger. It’s only politics.

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  5. They are always looking for some negative comments even in a positive development! Hazaluza Hagain!

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    • @jj what has happened is same as selling a plot at k25 000. These people are not displaced but relocated to another land for free and k25000 free money as relocation allowance. If you can’t see sense in this then pisoff.

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    • Empty tins see nothing wrong with relocating 400 people then handing all of them a total of a pantry K1million…I bet you Lazy and his ministers will get more just from allowances from their visit in RSA.

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  6. I was shocked at the amount. For once can’t PF supporters see sense.This money amounts to 1house in upmarket suburbs in Lusaka. Which airlines are going to use this airport in the near future?What is the cost to the nation against benefit?

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  7. I was shocked at the amount. For once can’t PF supporters see sense.This money amounts to 1house in upmarket suburbs in Lusaka. Which airlines are going to use this airport in the near future?What is the cost to the nation against benefit?

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  8. Serious Bloggers – please, note that it is actually Copperbelt that voted for PF in masses.
    ZMKr 2 500.00 (USD $275) to re-start one’s life – what a joke??

    But the Ndola people voted for PF – so, let them enjoy the sweat of their hard work in voting for PF.
    I just wish PF could have a human heart, compassion, and share the cake with these poor souls who will be relocated to restart building their lives.

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  9. The amount is on the low side in sure the govt will reassess their compensation but that must be done on an individual basis. To the United Dunderhead chaps did Human Hyena compensate those settlers he displaced for his underweight and diseased cows on those so called ranches of his?

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  10. It also depends on the type of structures. For government to have arrived at that amount, the structures must have been valued. If they were illegal settlers do not expect the amount of compensation to be big. That’s why it is very important to acquire land through laid down procedures. But I’m not in anyway saying these people are illegal settlers. I have no idea how they acquired that land.

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  11. First how much fund was realized to run out of ICC court for human right and abuse causes committed it’s more that

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  12. Great project , thumbs up! But check your figures for the relocation to the settlers, unless LT printed it wrongly as I feel could be the case too on fire engines price in the other article, it would be a historical insult to the people. It just doesn’t add up.

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  13. What’s happening in our country and where are we heading. Mr Chitotela we hear of Chinese and other international countries signing contracts with the government. What’s happening to local contractors. Are we just here to pay tax without benefiting from the loans our country is getting.

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  14. these settlers were there illegally ,its not like taking people off a gazetted area. The place belongs to ZAFFICO and those were people who used to burn charcoal and decided to stay in the forest reserve. This project is required and has taken too long to start, jobs will be created from electricians, security ,cleaning there hasn’t been such massive infrasture building on the copper belt in a long time. currently we have Ethiopian Airlines,SAA,Kenya Airways and proflight flying there and such will mean a hub and offers facilities for cargo airlines to make stop overs and sevice areas like congo.we need to be forward thinking in this country.

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  15. I just hope we have done a sincere cost-benefit analysis for this project. Its not good business sense to assume that once we build a massive airport flights will increase necessarily. They may just not and you will have a white elephant which will deteriorate soon due to the legendary African disease of lack of maintenance – more so when it is not even making money. Am also worried that small projects like township roads are all going to this one company, I thought our people could do those or have they failed in the past? The K2500 looks parltry but like some have observed these are squatters on the land being helped to move. If they have title then the courts are there just for this kind of dispute though the report doesnt mention any dispute.

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