Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba announcing the cabinet approval of a new national airline during a "Team building" cocktail at Lusaka Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, 18 December 2017. Picture By Jean Mandela
Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba announcing the cabinet approval of a new national airline during a “Team building” cocktail at Lusaka Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, 18 December 2017. Picture By Jean Mandela

OVER 10,000 new jobs will be created in Luapula Province after the commissioning of 84 communication towers.

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said the new jobs will include talk time sales and others.

Mr. Mushimba was speaking during the commercial launch of the new communication sites in Samfya yesterday.

He said taking communication services to rural areas will boost their investment profile.

He said providing communication solutions for rural areas especially provincial administration centres would promote investment.

“We are confident that throughout the implementation of this project, over 10, 000 job opportunities will be created through retail sales of talk time and associated products,

“Overall, the completion of the project will further result in increased mobile phone penetration from 70 percent to almost 100 percent as well as increase in data service penetration from five percent to 40 percent,”Mr.Mushimba said.

He explained that the project will further increase connectivity for enterprises as well as enable rural farmers easier access to markets for their products.

Mr Mushimba noted that the launch supported Government’s resolve to bridge the digital gap between the urban and rural populations.

“The project to build communication sites is firmly in line with the Government’s objective to provide and make possible universal access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT),

“This is in line with the 7th National Development Plan covering 2017-2021,” he said.

And Zamtel chief executive officer Sydney Mupeta expressed hope that the continuous switching on of those sites would further boost the company’s subscriber base, thereby increasing revenue.

He said through the sites Government was paving way for every citizen to have access to a mobile phone service through the universal access programme.

The construction of 1009 sites country wide is funded by China through a US$280 million financing agreement signed by the Lusaka and Beijing

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31 COMMENTS

  1. 10000 jobs retailing mobile airtime? These guys are jokes. Do they even have any idea what is the profit margin from airtime sales?

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  2. When we tell you Brian is as thick as sh#t you think its an insult……really laughable…this are the people who will oversee your pointless National Airline which will create 2 million jobs going by PF estimates.

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  3. Pipo please understand these ministers have to say something positive.. each tower will create over 1100 jobs,

    Please minister be honest

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    • Do you know what a tower is? You think a tower is a coal fired plant that needs manning…Network Providers are the most efficient companies in Telecomms they do not employ people to see talk time, they use hawkers and only Zamtel will be careless enough to employ more technicians when a 5 can do the job.

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  4. @Mina -that is my point too. And where are they going to sale the talk since it’s illegal to vend except with council permission.
    He is saying ama vendors are the jobs but on the other hand they have decided to remove them.
    IT’S BETTER IF HE SAID NOTHING. ARE THESE TOLD TO THEM TO SAY. THEY SAY THE SAME THINGS THESE GUYS LIKE THEY HAVE NOT HEADS HAVE CHICKEN HEADS

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    • These ministers are dull they think hawking is a job…maybe the inefficient ZAMTEL will employ people as they are a reckless company!!

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  5. SO, WHERE IS THE TOWER IN FORM OF A PICTURE OR PICTURES, WHICH WAS COMMISSIONED? BA LT CAN’T LEARN AT ALL.

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  6. This minister should be the second bootlicker after Bowman for sure. His rhetoric is always far far way from reality and i m sure it makes his gullible boss happy. Brian 10000 jobs from 84 towers?? See how s!upid you look when you try to name those jobs,you just mention selling of talk time,really Brian???

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  7. I guess the audience gave a standing ovation. What a country! 2 + 2 = 10 Who can argue if a Zambian minister says so.

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    • Not with this govt …These are the controversial Chine Towers being supplied and fitted by Chine company ZTE

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  8. Please erect as many towers as possible so that tens of thousands of jobs can be created country wide. The government at work.

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  9. Simple grade 4 maths 10000÷84 =120 personnel per tower.
    Mashimba boza you must be alive to the fact that you preside over intelligent people you must be smoking socks bwana minister, lies have short legs ask jona lungu about him promising kabwe residents about reopening mulugushi textiles and the 500000 jobs by year end 2016 not one person has been employed …wenye too much

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  10. Those are the jobs PF bost about , kaponya jobs and seasonal labour jobs with the Chinese ati we are transforming lives……

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