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31 Zambians who were stranded in India arrive back home

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Thirty-one (31) Zambians who were stranded in India have arrived safely through the Royal Air Charters company based in Lusaka.

The Zambians arrived aboard the Royal Air Charter Embrae 145 AEW plane that landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) on Thursday 7th May 2020 at 1830hrs.

The Roya Air Charter managed to fly from Lusaka to India despite the many airspaces that are closed across Africa and the Indian sub-continent after meticulous planning and extensive diplomatic undertakings across the countries involved.

The group that arrived has been placed in mandatory quarantine for the next 14 days.

The crew was an all Zambian crew that included: Capt Sasha Chizyuka, Capt Orwel Akakulubelwa, First Officer Melanie Sigedt, First Officer Chitambi Zulu, Cabin Crew members, Elizabeth Mubita, Mazyopa, Roginia Banda Muyeka, Engineer Handy Mukunte.

On 7th May, Zambia’s High Commissioner, Judith Kapijimpanga announced the Mission was arranging for Zambian nationals or resident and work permit holders stranded in India to travel back to Zambia.

She stated that there were hundreds of Zambians comprising students and permit holders stranded since the COVID-19 pandemic and after India implemented a lockdown on 25th March 2020.

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  1. Indian bizman, cook land in Delhi aboard Zambia evacuation plane
    Rajnish Gupta, 47, a businessman who has business interests and an apartment in Lusaka, was travelling with Baheliya, his cook. He had managed to convince Zambian authorities to let him fly in on the special flight, which landed in Delhi via Muscat.
    INDIA Updated: May 07, 2020 04:05 IST

  2. After consultations with the Ministry of External Affairs, the immigration officials issued a show cause notice to the two passengers. The CISF which guards the airport were officially told to put the two back on the flight. However, the two were refusing to budge. The Zambian passengers were left waiting till shortly after 11pm, when a quick response team of 20 people surrounded Gupta and forced him onto the plane. Late on Wednesday night, the plane took off for Mumbai to pick up the rest of the passengers before heading to Zambia.

  3. Ba.fikala baisa na COVID, funny thing is one will test positive after a month, after being in contact with so many people

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  4. THAT IS GOOD. U WILL SEE WHAT THE NONSENSE KZ WILL WRITE BUSY PRAISING THE GOVT WHEN THESE GUYS PAID FOR THERE AIR TICKETS.

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  5. Iwe Mutale, fotokoza timvwe, this could be serious, its likely the same Gupta guy made the flight to be possible than going to evacuate the “the stranded Zambians”. This is an interesting issue to follow-up.

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  6. They’re very lucky to be allowed to travel when so many other nationalities, including British and Americans are still stranded in various countries. No need to hate. Home is home bane.. nangu waisa naulwala temulandu.. icikulu naufika. Just be happy for them!

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  7. Thanks to our government and relevant teams for making this possible. Zambia will always be there for its people unless you are a hateful diasporan who betrays your country of birth. What is interesting is that we read yesterday about the Indian couple stranded in Zambia who the Indian authorities have refused to help. It just shows how lucky we all are to be Zambian. Kz

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  8. Dont worry ba KZ because Bally gonna fix the and install a fuctional government .Not chipantepante mentality coupled with corrupt intentions.

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  9. @ Kaizar and Nine Chale, you’re absolutely right!! We are lucky to have a Government that can repatriate it’s citizens considering how other nations have refused to repatriate their citizens. Thanks to the Government for showing care to these people.

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  10. Awe nomba twalafwa fye. Please ensure these people are immersed in jik, harpic and vim. After that they should be sanitized for three week and then back in harpic and then Dettol and Handy Handy. Quarantine them again for three weeks before you release them . We cannot take the risk. Remember those who came from Pakstan.

  11. Seriously how many people were piloting that small aircraft? I am counting 9 crew…surely this is a waste of space and inefficient, in budget airlines in Europe the captain serves drinks and beverages. Who are these nameless people who were stranded? This to me sounds like the embassy staff in Delhi with their family members.

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  12. This is a half baked story that needs more answers…investigative journalists please look into and who was really on that aircraft flying out and flyng in..who paid for this flight?

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  13. I hope they didn’t leave Angela the Zambian woman who is used and abused as a sex slave by Nigerians in India for 20 years or so
    She was a drug mule for Nigerians before they took away her travelling documents and injected her with extremely addictive narcotics and forced her to work as a sex slave.

  14. @Observer kkkkkkkkk!

    Then wash them in paraffin before rinsing them mu dip ya ng’ombe and wring them and dry them pa ntambo for two weeks!

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