Rotana Co-founder and Vice Chairman Selim El Zyr
Rotana Co-founder and Vice Chairman Selim El Zyr

Grandview International, the firm that procured the controversial fire tenders has announced plans of opening up a five star hotel in Lusaka.

Owned by Bokani Soko, a Lusaka lawyer believed to be a close associate of President Edgar Lungu, Grandview International’s subsidiary Grandview Hotels and Resorts Limited signed a hotel management agreement with Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

The hotel is scheduled to be opened by 2021.

Set to be situated in the heart of Lusaka, the upcoming hotel will be the first-ever property to be operated under the Rotana Hotels and Resorts brand in Zambia.

Located in the newly expanded Central Business District of Lusaka, the hotel will be a stone’s throw away from major landmarks in the city, including the East Park Mall and several multinational corporate offices, Embassies, and Ministries, making it the ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers.

The exquisitely designed five-star hotel will feature 150 rooms and 50 hotel apartments that will provide guests with all the comforts and the luxury for a pleasant and memorable long stay experience.

Making it appealing to business and leisure travellers, the hotel will also feature key exclusive hospitality offerings, including three signature dining restaurants, executive lounge, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and generous indoor and outdoor space thoughtfully designed for formal and informal gatherings.

Other amenities will include pool and terraces, as well as a fully equipped fitness & wellness club.

Grandview Hotels and Resorts Limited Chairman Bokani Soko said Grandview’s vision is to be one of the leading property development and investment companies in Zambia that started five years ago and has far exceeded its vision of growth from developing residential and commercial properties, to expanding into integrated developments.

“The need for five-star hotels in the Republic of Zambia is evident in the hospitality sector, and therefore, Grandview’s foray into the sector is a natural progression for the Group. When we first started looking for a hotel operator, we knew we would engage with a brand that is not only well-positioned in the market but also one that exudes class and quality and, above all, personal service. We found all of these factors, and more, in the Rotana brand. We are confident that Rotana will add value not only to our development but also to the Republic of Zambia”.

Commenting on the agreement Rotana Vice Chairman Selim El Zyr said: “We are delighted to sign the agreement for a new hotel in Zambia which underpins Rotana’s growing presence in Africa.”

“As reflected in our strong portfolio and our solid development pipeline, the continent is a key focus market for us. We will continue to seek new opportunities to add our hotels in new destinations, thereby providing value to our partners and guests and strengthening our global footprint even further. On behalf of Rotana, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the owner of Grandview Hotels and Resorts Limited for placing its trust and confidence in our abilities to manage the upcoming hotel.”

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    • These are people whose companies never had any track record 5 years ago they are now dealing in everything.

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    • I have a feeling Longacres Lodge is now Gone to these guys …. abena Bokani Lungus investment vehicle

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    • Bandits….just 5 yrs and pushing millions….thieving President is involved and it could be Grandview is owned by Chagwa Lungu but Zambians are too docile

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    • The playing field in Zambia is not even when it comes to business….Lungu now conniving with private citizens opening de facto companies….Lungu is known to have some sticky fingers from way back when he was a Lawyer and now he is chewing tax payers money and giving his company Grandview tenders and multi million dollars contracts

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    • My ex-NGO built 2 great colleges in South America for 3 million each. = 3 Zambian fire trucks.
      So a five star hotel with 50 rooms built from Chilanga Cement and free sand from Bauleni can cost $2 million dollars, equazi 2 Fire trucks.

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    • Let’s develop this thing! It is UNELECTABLE. You also did not have a track record with your HAZALUZA HAGAIN until he stole.

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    • Munongo Kafuta Shankaya Bokani was making money as a University of Zambia student selling mealimeal. At one time he has a portfolio of more than 15 shops at UNZA alone making it possible for him to hire a truck of mealie meal and selling it in one day. His growth, for those close enough to observe, like Mikalile’s, has been steady. He has now been in business for more than 20 years now.

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  1. Yes, yes…great development, plough that money back! Unlike others that reaped immensely from privatization….

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  2. Proceeds from 42 Fire tenders bought at an imaginable cost to the tax payer. Time to account will come one day.

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    • Any accountant can pin this guy down and confiscate all these loot..for now enjoy as that lazy thief in State House is shielding you!!

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    • Lazy bum illiterate tribal hooligan bully son of a tribal polygamist father who never taught him toilet training pooping in diapers in public HAGAIN needing cynical MUTINTA HICHILEMA to change his diapers HAGAIN! The UPND PRIVATIZATION THIEF and MONEY LAUNDERING THIEF cannot be a president.

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  3. There are only two things in the world were stolen money is concerned. The thief will die and not enjoy the money or the money will finish mysteriously.

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  4. Why are we not surprised …all these are proceeds of crime…I mean you buy trucks worth £180K sell them for £1million each the mark there is hideous then multiply it by 42…just that deal alone can build you a 5 star hotel.

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  5. That’s the only thing these thieves can think of opening a Shopping Mall, Hotel or Buses….because its looted money you have not sweated for …we will take all that back when Lazy is gone.

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    • Lazy bum illiterate UPND tribal little boy hooligan bully son of a tribal polygamist father who never taught him toilet training pooping in public HAGAIN! Did MUTINTA HICHILEMA change your diaper yesterday? Her husband HH is UNELECTABLE.

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  6. Those fire engines made him reap where he did not sow even a single seed. I saw it coming and now look at the huge so-called investment; proceeds of stolen cash. Amama ine just what will be left of this country because even the toll gates are not ours someone some people owns them. Even after PF no one will claim them because baPF have huge shares in them to last a lifetime.
    Disaster!!!!

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  7. Let him build in Zambia and make it easier for future governments to confiscate the property being built from proceeds of corruption.

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  8. Only 5years and the company now boosts of building a five star hotel!!!!! Beneficiary of Lungu stealings.

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    • KasamaBoy – you will find better Trucks at Nationwide Truck Auctions in the UK as they dispose of them every 10 years and these guys spend the whole night cleaning those trucks when they are not on call…so it might be true!!

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  9. Trying to convert black money into white money. This is a clear case of money laundering. International financial agencies should pin this guy down since our own government is unlikely to do anything.

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    • @Razor
      No need to pin this man down….let’s deal with the source….Lungu Chagwa Edgar….Lungu is the one stealing and hiding in the name of Bokoseni Soko….never trust easterners when it comes to money….

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  10. Bokani was making money as a University of Zambia student selling mealimeal. At one time he has a portfolio of more than 15 shops at UNZA alone making it possible for him to hire a truck of mealie meal and selling it in one day. His growth, for those close enough to observe, like Mikalile’s, has been steady. He has now been in business for more than 20 years now.

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  11. Tell that to your kids, selling mealimeal my foot! So has Ghiradi milling, National milling, Choma milling, etc. Ask these companies to put up a 5star hotel and they will tell you they have no money. Forget about Mikalile because we know everything about his money that you’ll never know.

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