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Monday, September 27, 2021

Civil Aviation Authority refutes blocking UPND airspace clearance

Feature Politics Civil Aviation Authority refutes blocking UPND airspace clearance

The Civil Aviation Authority has refuted allegations that it refused to grant the UPND Air Flight Rights for its campaign Choppers.

The Authority has learned with sadness about the story circulating on Social and Electronic Media alleging that it denied granting of airspace clearances for five campaign helicopters for the UPND.

In a statement, the Authority’s Public Relations Manager Sepiso Zimba says she is not privy to any such purported application for airspace clearances or any other application for the five helicopters as alleged.

Ms. Zimba has explained that the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority which is normally copied in any such applications has not recommended, to the Zambia Air Force, the non-granting of the alleged airspace clearances in the absence of the subject applications.

She said there are no official records at the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority to substantiate such allegations and therefore regrets the anxiety or distress these unfounded allegations may have caused the general public and other stakeholders.

“Firstly, the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority is not privy to any such purported application for airspace clearances or any other application for the five helicopters as alleged. Secondly, the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority which is normally copied in any such applications has not recommended, to the Zambia Air Force, the non-granting of the alleged airspace clearances in the absence of the subject applications,” Ms. Zimba said.

“There are no official records at the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority to substantiate such allegations; and Lastly, the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority regrets the anxiety or distress these unfounded allegations may have caused the general public and other stakeholders,” she said.

“The CAA wishes to reiterate its commitment to the fair promotion and maintenance of aviation safety and security in the discharge of its mandate.”

23 COMMENTS

  1. What BULLSH!T. Edgar China Lungu can fly wherever he wants to campaign, and all other parties are officially BLOCKED by PF government officials. Shame on you Edgar China Lungu! PF: Lying about everything, not delivering anything!

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  2. Who doesn’t HHs usual cry baby tactics is either brainwashed his name states with Ha. How did the AA refuse, did they it verbally or the responded is writing. Ati Bally will fix it. Ifyabupuba.

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  3. There is something odd here. OK, so I don’t know exactly how the process air clearances works but Public Relations Manager, Ms. Zimba says that “ZCAA was not copied on any such applications by the Air Force.” Alright… but how then do we know ZAF hasn’t been sitting on the applications instead effectively blocking clearance? To say the Civil Aviation Authority itself hasn’t blocked UPND applications doesn’t mean they haven’t been blocked… at least not the way it is explained here.

    From there, Ms. Zimba’s claims of somehow “being sad” and of “regretting the anxiety caused to the public” just sounds disingenuous. How much of the truth is she really telling?

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  4. I think it’s better to amend the procedure. If it takes 2 quasi government institutions to grant such permit, then is it necessary to submit applications to 2 different institutions? NO. You can only submit to 1 but in 2 copies. If you do it at ZAF then they can send a copy to their colleagues and vice versa. These are the things that make us look like we’re still in the stone-age. Let’s make life easy, no one will do it for us. Take the example of what you go through to register a political Party. Why can’t ZP second some officers to the Registrar of Societies to screen applicants and uplift their finger prints? That’ll decongest Force HQs. ZAF is a defense wing, their duty should be to take care of those flying illegally and not to grant licenses

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  5. From the story its clear ZAF & CAA are compromised on this issue no wonder they are throwing the blame at each other. It is not the fault of officers professional intention to deny UPND Alliance a flying permit for their campaign choppers. The impending defeat is some days fast hovering above the once Mighty PF and what do those officers doing monkey tricks expect as pay back? The UPND Alliance tries this but PF is always employing distrptive tactics. No fair play but PUBLIC OPINION will carry the day on 12/08/2021.

  6. Did UPND ever apply formally for the clearance? The statement by the company is clearly refutes it.

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  7. HH has foot in mouth again. I don’t know how many times he needs to be exposed to stop him from spreading lies!

  8. Isn’t it amazing that there are some people who are still supporting the lies despite crystal clear statement from the authority?

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  9. No matter how much he tries to fool the people. We know that HH has seen the defeat. Therefore he is resorting to such silly tricks.

  10. Instead of crying foul over a non issue, HH should explain his links with notorious companies those looted Zambia. I am talking about Tiyende Consortium Ltd, African Life Assurance Company Ltd and Saturnia Regna Pension Fund, AngloGold Pension Fund. Explain this first, we will discuss other issues later.

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  11. One more futile attempt to get sympathy. But it is good to see that CAA has promptly busted lies.

  12. Are you out of your mind? Can’t you read the news? Stop spreading lies here to hide the incompetence of useless leader.

  13. This is nothing but confusing people. UPND has mastered the art of confusing as it has nothing left to seek votes on.

  14. UPND will still cry foul. It is not for no reason that HH is called cry baby of Zambian politics.

  15. On one hand you call HH a cry baby and on the other say that he will fix it. Are you alright up there? Should I help you with a good psychiatrist?

  16. The issue of HH cry baby behaviour is sickening. We need opposition but this childish behaviour in HH camp is sickening.

  17. All talk and allegation without evidence. Accusing hard working innocent workers all for political exploitation

  18. Wow, I didn’t know that even our airspace is decided on party lines. How do you clear an aircraft via party lines? so if you charter an aircraft and you happen to have a PF and UPND member on board, do they only clear half of the plane. Seriously, this HH is showing signs on incompetence even before he goes anywhere near the instruments of power.

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