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Ex Mosi-Oa-Tunya Hotel and Eagles Travels Employees Want Privatization Inquiry Setup Soon

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Former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees marching to present petitions to Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale in solidarity with those calling for a commission of inquiry into the privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA
Former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees marching to present petitions to Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale in solidarity with those calling for a commission of inquiry into the privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA

FORMER Mosi-Oa-Tunya International Hotel and Eagles Travels employees in Livingstone have matched to the Livingston District Cabinet office to present a petition in solidarity with those calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the privatization of National process.

The former Employees who were seen by Smart Eagles Matching side by side with their children and various dependents of theirs on the streets of Livingston, say that it is only prudent that the Privatization process is probed to the later.

The former employees recounted how the privatization process that was dubiously handled by opposition UPND owner and five times presidential election looser Hakainde Hichilema left them devastated and distraught

They appealed to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to expedite the process of setting up a commission of inquiry so as to enable them have some closure when the culprits are identified and brought to book.

The Demonstrators said that Hakainde Hichilema should clearly account for his wealth and highlight Zambians on his role and participation of National assets during the MMD government which left them in anguish.

Former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees marching to present petitions to Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale in solidarity with those calling for a commission of inquiry into the privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA
Former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees marching to present petitions to Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale in solidarity with those calling for a commission of inquiry into the privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA

Meanwhile, the Advocates for National Development and Democracy (ANDD) has called on President Edgar Lungu to accelerate the process of setting up a commission of enquiry into privatization.

Organization President Samuel Banda tells Smart Eagles via telephone that there is growing anxiety amongst the citizenry demanding for answers.

Mr. Banda insists that the people of Zambia want to understand how things went wrong during the privatization process.

“We are elated with the fact that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has heeded our call to set up a commission of inquiry into privatization and the sale of national assets. It is long overdue and demonstrates that the head of state has a listening ear for the people,” he said.

“We cannot understate the importance of a commission as the effects of privatization are still being felt today. The commission will ensure that people are made accountable, and pave way for the appropriate agencies to prosecute wrongdoers.”

He indicated that this is very important for the closure of a very bad chapter in the country’s history.

Mr. Banda said too many people suffered and are still struggling today.

He contended that this is the more reason why his organization is calling on President Lungu to expedite the process of setting up this important commission of inquiry into privatization.

Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale(in a Zambian flag scarf) listening to former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees presented petitions at his office in Livingstone,calling on President Edgar Lungu to constitute an inquiry in the Privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA
Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale(in a Zambian flag scarf) listening to former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees presented petitions at his office in Livingstone,calling on President Edgar Lungu to constitute an inquiry in the Privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA
Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale(in a Zambian flag scarf) listening to former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees presented petitions at his office in Livingstone,calling on President Edgar Lungu to constitute an inquiry in the Privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA
Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale(in a Zambian flag scarf) listening to former Intercontinental Hotel, Zambezi Sawmills, Rainbow Lodge and Eagles Travel employees presented petitions at his office in Livingstone,calling on President Edgar Lungu to constitute an inquiry in the Privatisation process. Picture by KELVIN MUDENDA

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    • Lost souls indeed. So they believe the Commission of Inquiry will sort out their problems? it will not. you are being used to gather more votes for a goverment that has failed you. Commission of inquiry today after 30 years? iye…uluse

  1. Hahahahaha.

    Ignorance, coupled with poverty is a lethal cocktail.

    Some Zambians are lazy, expecting freebies.

    These same zombies will be voting for Lungu, and will be protesting for the rest of their lives.

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  2. The issue of privatization needs to be closed. I watched HH’s video were he keeps trying to justify his riches by even bring in the former primary school teacher. The video as usual neglected to answer the most important questions. The people that still support the provertization thief needs to watch HH’s interview in South Africa.

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  3. BY THE TIME YOU WAKE-UP YOUR VOTES WILL HAVE BEEN STOLEN AND THE INQUIRY REPORT WILL BE ROTTING IN SOME BIN BEFORE THE INK EVEN SETTLES.
    BE PRAGMATIC, DEAL WITH THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE, FEEL AND SMELL. THE CHINESE AND OTHERS ARE STEALING DAY AND NIGHT, THEY ARE SAYING THEIR OWN BROTHER CREATED JOBS FOR THEM LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO HIM, LETS JUST STEAL AND GO.

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  4. if i was a zambian journalist i would just pick that gentleman in the suit, and those holding banners then bring them on the media so that they can bring out their evidence, infact such individuals need to be taken to court in their individual capacities to prove their allegations, if you ask some of these protestors they are probably living in former council houses that were privatised.

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  5. Now let me sound a cautionary here: In the desperate effort to prove something, PF and its government must realize that they are unknowingly unleashing a force they will soon lose control of. Privatisation was so multi-faceted in its progression that it essentially created a seething mass whose arrowhead is not pointed. Ni zanu izo. In an effort to gain all you will lose all.

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  6. Commission of inquiry into privatization is over due.Late President Mwanawasa wanted Votes in Southern Province that is why he did not commission it.You can not be a player and Ref. at the same time.

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  7. Anything you have stolen will never be yours and fear will always be your potion, never play with evil better to work hard and have proud history for your wealth then you will be an accomplished businessman.
    Wealth that keeps sleepless is not good as it will ware you down , you cannot enjoy it nor your family wouldn’t either .
    Iam just contributing this un broken story that keeps repeating itself I can see that it cannot die a natural death.

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  8. I hope that they’re not being given false hope that their long lost jobs and pensions will be recovered through an Inquiry. If in 30 years you haven’t moved on then what are you? I have already expressed my views on this Inquiry so there’s nothing more to add. Next time we gather here we’ll tell you that we told you

  9. The only people to benefit are the ones to do the inquiry just so they can tell u they find no evidence…. Easiest money they ever made and u March and make noise just for attention

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  10. Eagle Travel was state-owned travel agency. It was privatised whn Kenneth Kaunda was still president. It holds the record of being the first state-owned company to be sold.

  11. No wonder the country is stuck and not moving forward. How can privatization enquiry remove this country from it being in ICU. This is really a country of dandala heads. Focus on things that are going to move the country out of this quagmire. The first one with out doubt being change of leadership. I hope the opposition have a strategy though

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  12. LT

    Why is there no ownership to this report ?

    Is it a report by smart eagles or LT ???

    Trying very hard to make people forget their current predicament of a rotten economy ???

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  13. Zambia has fertile land, plenty water underneath, in rivers and from the sky to grow anything to create wealth for everyone. Zambia has also a lot of minerals and other natural resources to produce many things that can be sold to other countries. It’s beyond understanding that people should be wallowing in poverty.

  14. While being paraded by those that granted permit to protest, you are serving their cause while your suffering continues. President Lungu has understood the call for a privatisation inquiry to be set up. Lets watch how soon that inquiry will be set up (Lungu’s trapping). We assert, that will NEVER take place. Your suffering will continue may be worse by the time its realised – you have been used, you are better off asking for empowerment than false expectations over what MMD government conducted itself on privatisation.

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  15. Zambia has fertile land, plenty water underneath, in rivers and from the sky to grow anything to create wealth for everyone. Zambia has also a lot of minerals and other natural resources to produce many things that can be sold to other countries. It’s beyond understanding that people should be wallowing in poverty due to mediocre mindset of the people.

  16. While being paraded by those that granted permit to protest, you are serving their cause while your suffering continues. President Lungu has understood the call for a privatisation inquiry to be set up. Lets watch how soon that inquiry will be set up (Lungu’s trapping). We assert, that will NEVER take place. Your suffering will continue may be worse by the time its realised – you have been used, you are better off asking for empowerment than false expectations over how last MMD government in power conducted itself on privatisation.

  17. my foot…who is sponsoring these matches? Others are denied the right to protest while others get it on silver plater. Insala taya kwata muchinshi. mwaona manje ka. ka zali here and there and people give up their integrity to appease political smear campaigns. Even things that were sold in KK’s time are included…my foot. Nanga bonse benze mu govt at the time, bali kuti? PF is really laughing their lungs out at how cheap these people are! Instead of working hard, balila njala kuli ba Minister! Time will again laugh at us!

  18. Ignorance, ignorance, ignorance,ignorance
    10 years after privatization;
    Zambias debt : $1.5 billion
    GDP growth : 7% ,
    exchange rate : K3,500 to 1 USD
    Ranking: Top 10 growing economies in Africa.

    20 years after privatization;
    Zambias debt: $19billion
    exchange rate : K20,000 to 1 USD
    GDP growth : under 1%(even before covid-19)
    Ranking:5th hungriest country in the world.
    Then someone whats to blame HH. Wake up Zambians

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  19. National assets during the MMD government which left them in anguish.

    Where , where these Pf protesters all that time? After drinking a cup of Chibuku and paid a K20 for marching you start raising an already closed in MMD’s time.
    It’s Like asking the British colonial govt to account for the Copper which was sold outside Zambia to Build Southern Rhodesia towns like Salsbury now called Harare.

  20. This is clear that PF is inciting people to rise against some people so that they can continue stealing from the same Zambians.
    We can all see that this is a hired mob sponsored by PF. Why so much hate!!!!
    Disaster!!!!

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  21. The have the right to protest. Why are people afraid of Zambians expressing their constitutional rights? The rest of you didn’t feel the impact of privatization like they did. Let them be heard, it’s called Democray.

  22. Who will benefit from this privatisation inquiry? What have the people of Zambia benefited from the closure and liquidation of the post news paper? How can you probe an employee and not the employer in the privatisation scam? Even the protesters what benefit will they attain for petitioning?

  23. So @Joseph Isaac Phiri, what has changed now? So PF’s Lungu doesn’t want votes from Southern Province this time around? Uwapona tabula akabepesho acimwene. Some of the things you are claiming you do not even have proof. Let Mwanawasa rest in peace ffs.

  24. I support the consortium of NGOs who have petitioned President Lungu to set up a commission of inquiry on HH, for indeed this is what it is all about. I support them on condition that they are made to bear the costs as opposed to using public funds.

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  25. Few facts here i remember the Rainbow hotel and Intercontinal hotel as small and run down in the 1980s, they were privately owned up to the 1970’s then nationalized (stolen by UNIP). come late 1990s Sun got the land and by 2001 two super modern hotels put Zambia on the map, as before that only the Zim side had good hotels. we even got a new airport, co-hosted the UN Tourism conference . The hotels have over 300 employee’s between them and buy local supplies employing more people. now what is strange is you have these ex employees protesting who will get nothing out of the inquiry and they claim they are distressed and traumatized. it seems to me when Sun offered jobs they would have been the first to be hired unless of course they had a bad work record or were lazy or thieves. The…

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    . The only people that benefit from this enquiry are the big fat lawyers in Lusaka, at a time when money is tight and that money could be used in more important areas such as health and education the key to a strong nation.

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    . The only people that benefit from this enquiry are the big fat lawyers in Lusaka, at a time when money is tight and that money could be used in more important areas such as health and education the key to a strong nation.

  28. Why are they pointing at HH instead of MMD Government ministers and the president who decided to privatize the national assets. What a shame to be pointing at HH as if is the one who sold the assets. The minister in Livingstone should be ashamed to sink so low instead of explaining to those people who want the inquiry, the reference to Privatization. Poor people being used by PF politicians. The learned will be pleased to earn lots of money if the inquiry is commissioned. The money which is suppose to be used for empowerment will go towards the enquiry.

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