Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo lands at Lubumbashi Airport to launch the inaugural Mahogany Air flight between Lusaka and the DRC.

Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has called for increased investment between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Zambia following the launch of a direct flight between Lusaka and Lubumbashi.

In November 2018, the DRC government granted Mahogany foreign operator permit allowing them to operate the Lubumbashi-Ndola-Lusaka route.

Mr Lusambo said Zambia and the DRC are one hence the need to increase investment flows between the two nations.

He said Zambia has vast potential in sectors like tourism, manufacturing and agriculture which the Congolese investment community can exploit.

Mr Lusambo said the coming in of Mahogany between Lusaka and Lubumbashi will help strengthen existing ties between Zambia and the DRC.
And Katanga Province Governor Celestine Kapopo commended the Zambian government investing in the development of road, rail and other communication infrastructure in the region.

Mr Kapopo said his government is keen to learn how Zambia has achieved massive modernization of its infrastructure which he said is critical in ending poverty and enhancing trade.

Meanwhile, Mahogany Air Chief Executive Officer Jim Belemu announced that the airline has proposed to spend US$15 million to acquire additional aircraft which will bring its total fleet to 10 by the end of next year.

Mr Belemu said the development is part of his company’s expansion drive that will see the company opening up more routes and create jobs.

Dr. Belemu says the US$15 million to be spent will be in addition to the US$5 million the company has invested in acquiring two aircrafts and training its staff.

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19 COMMENTS

    • Can someone give this guy his operational jurisdiction? He catches corrupt police officers, cleans the town, runs a marathon, manages campaigns and triplets Lusaka Ndola and Lubumbashi via air transport. He has overshadowed other ministers and I dare soon the president if he continues like this.

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    • Really laughable …he had to take a free flight to DRC just to launch the flight and receive the product placing cheque…why not wait for the flight at KKIA.

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    • “Mahogany Air CEO Jim Belemu announced that the airline has proposed to spend US$15 million to acquire additional aircraft which will bring its total fleet to 10 by the end of next year.
      Dr. Belemu says the US$15 million to be spent will be in addition to the US$5 million the company has invested in acquiring two aircrafts and training its staff.”
      For those morons who think running an airline is cheap look at those figures above and this airline probably doesnt own any aircraft but is leasing with that money…you want to kill off this company with your pointless national airline.

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  1. “Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has called for increased investment between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Zambia following the launch of a direct flight between Lusaka and Lubumbashi.”

    It is “Zambia” or “Democratic Republic of Zambia”?

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    • Really these are editors who benefitted from examination leaks! Such blunders! Everyday! It’s now every article. My 7 year old picked the error up on her first reading of the article

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  2. Lusambo is a clueless bone head ……DRC is a vast country with vast mineral wealth that is coming out of war……he should be looking at making Zambian companies invest in DRC to bring in money , but the Bugga is just too du.ll to do things like that and just chanced on this Congo airline coming to Zambia

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  3. Lusambo is a clueless bone head ……DRC is a vast country with vast mineral wealth that is coming out of war……he should be looking at making Zambian companies invest in DRC to bring in money , but the Bugga is just too du.ll to do things like that and just chanced on this Congo airline coming to Zambia …..

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    • What do you expect from a Grade 12 School leaver who was a cadre for hire for MMD by day and a doorman by night.

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  4. Gbm. Ck. Lusambo. These dont qualify to run public office.

    They are low class trouble makers for hire to destroy political opponents

    Am a non partisan political consultant

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  5. I dont like tuma ndeke that use their hatch as entry stairs. But this is a good development. They should use Ndola airport more though.

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  6. This a very bad example. If illiterates can be rewarded just for being loud mouth then why should our children go to school.

    Why should we be spending so much on kids to go to school if someone can call himself Dr gbm or dr Kambwili without entering a classroom.

    Why should an mmd die hard from the street start controlling intellectuals

    Does he understands aviation industry

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  7. Boeing 737 8 and 9 Max have been banned from flying in air in the world, including the trump in America has seen logic for once to ban them the planes.

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  8. You call this 737? Guys tulebako serious mukutontonkanya. Even before nshilakwelapo indeke I could tell the names. I won’t be suprised if you call a Loader that it’s a grader, Thinking of a name Mazembe

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