Indian govt demands release of former Zambezi Portland engineers passports grabbed by Zambia

Indian High Commissioner to Zambia Ashok Kumar

Indian High Commissioner to Zambia Ashok Kumar has called on Authorities to release passports for eight Indian Engineers who have been forced to work at Zambezi Portland Cement in Ndola.

The engineers’ passports were seized by the Immigration Department over two weeks ago when they tried to leave the country after the company was taken over by new owners.

High Commissioner  Kumar  has revealed that among the eight engineers,  were five who were recently blocked from leaving the country at Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport by the Zambian government.

The others handed in their passports for renewal of visas and work permits but that the passports have since been withheld by the Zambian Authorities.High Commissioner Kumar said the continued withholding of passports for the Indian Engineers has created anxiety among them as they cannot move anywhere in the country without identification.The Indian High Commissioner has called for quick release of the passports, adding that he will ensure the engineers comply with Authorities’ demands.He was speaking to journalists in Ndola after having a closed door meeting with District Government officials and the Indian Engineers.

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53 Responses to "Indian govt demands release of former Zambezi Portland engineers passports grabbed by Zambia"

  1. London  December 13, 2012 at 17:55

    Sata no treatment in India sorry !

  2. KING ATASe!  December 13, 2012 at 14:40

    These Indians are now hostages in Zambia. They are doing forced labour, against their will. The Indian govt must push for their release. This is illegal detention. You cannot force somebody to work who does not want to work for you.

  3. Ronrad Reiy  December 13, 2012 at 13:24

    The question is why did they confiscate these Engineer’s passports? In my understanding the said company has been sold to another owner so why punish innocent Workers?

    PF gvt pls be careful.

  4. patriot  December 13, 2012 at 12:35

    I wish Zambian Embassies can protect and fight for us like this when we are in foreign countries. instead of the running to our Embassies,when in trouble, we end up running away from them. some even connive with foreigners to bring you down. what is wrong with us????

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  6. Mwinne Mushi  December 13, 2012 at 10:16

    But they are the one`s who offer medical care to Ukwa when he is sick, Ukwa shud learn to be appreciative.He will die in UTH with no water.

    • FJT  December 13, 2012 at 11:13


    • belihno  December 13, 2012 at 11:32

      do not speak ill health pali ba sata no matter how much he seems to not do rght he also has a family

      • Papa Koko  December 13, 2012 at 14:30

        What family? Does he consider anybody that haha. joker

  7. blago  December 13, 2012 at 08:18

    This is what happens when you retards in in office.

  8. Vilifier  December 13, 2012 at 08:13

    We all know political maturity in the presidency has been exibited by people with a decent education (Levy, RB). What do you expect from a Grade 7.

    • agonised  December 13, 2012 at 08:35

      Bullshit only. G7 is way too nothing to talk about

      • Papa Koko  December 13, 2012 at 14:31

        You talk shit mr disagonised

    • katibwe  December 13, 2012 at 15:59

      Mr. stop insulting my President, you are actually putting your life in danger. you should first ask what made the authorities to withheld those passport than just going into insults. Maybe you don’t know ‘ Zambians’ comes first any nation affairs here in mother Zambia. if you are a Zambian insulting the President then SHAME on you, but if you are a foreigner i will advice you not to put your life danger……. please find out what the duo did, because authorities are not mad or crazy people who just withheld someone’s passport without proper reasons.

  9. icewater1  December 13, 2012 at 06:28

    Holding hostages won’t help our economy,was this part of the 90 days saga,is the PF emulating pirates from Somalia.

  10. Eya eee!  December 13, 2012 at 05:00

    What is really going on at Portland cement? I know the PF are not angels but are they that evil that they can confiscate passports? Maybe they are trying to protect the interests of Zambians. Can someone fill me in on what is cooking up in this case…!

  11. Bonzo  December 12, 2012 at 23:57

    Diplomatic row brewing?

  12. Lol  December 12, 2012 at 21:26

    That’s just dull to say a real ,an doesn’t regret Infact it’s demonic for one to think you can as you please and not regret you must be a stupid pf cadre like all pf dogs

  13. obama  December 12, 2012 at 20:49

    @rocktree.. U seem like an illiterate asshole! Can u refrain from racist comments! And I demand that!

  14. rocktree  December 12, 2012 at 20:29


    • Say what?  December 12, 2012 at 20:56

      Law is law, sure. But what law is there that allows a government to confiscate a foreign national’s passport and hold them hostage without convicting them or even charging them of a crime?

      You may enjoy calling the Indians stupid out of some deep-seeded racism you have, but I’m afraid your remark only makes you the truly stupid one! Better you open your eyes and grow up.

      • voice of one crying in wilderness  December 12, 2012 at 22:12

        The lawless one like the bible says of the anti-christ.How can a govt be so lawless cannt this man be impeached?

        • Say what?  December 12, 2012 at 22:40

          Yeah, you make a good point. I thought after posting law is law unless you are Kabimba…. or Sata…. or, or, or.

      • umofia okojime  December 13, 2012 at 13:53

        no wonder you allow traffic officers to confiscate your driving license for a traffic offence committed

    • Lwalwa  December 12, 2012 at 21:27

      Nothing wrong with demanding the release of something that is rightfully yours.

    • Joseph Mbesuma  December 12, 2012 at 21:34

      Better call urself rockhead coz dats what u r. A dumb rockhead

    • Hakuna Matata  December 12, 2012 at 21:36

      Haha very funny,,,u forgot the chitenge u were wrapped in by ure mum was MADE IN INDIAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…..the bicycle that ure papa rode u around was MADE IN INDIAAAAAAAAAAAA,,,,,,now shut da f up and stop insulting indians all the time…grow up fool…

    • Scorpion  December 12, 2012 at 21:53

      What do you know about Bombay my dear friend??people like you are the ones who are busy stealing from these same Indians..learn to love people who are progressing in life as you might even progress through them one day..if you can’t live your life by liking other people with a different skin colour than you better just hang yourself as you are a waste to this kindly world of ours where people are not differentiated by the colour of their skin but by their behaviour towards others..I bet that you are uneducated,jobless and a thug..and I picture you as one of those I see on traffic lights who makes me close my car windows and lock the doors for fear of being my dear friend take back your unkindly words..thankyou

    • Kipara Matata  December 13, 2012 at 06:15

      Law? Which Law?

    • solo  December 13, 2012 at 10:14

      but rocktree uli ichipuba. efyo unga landa. awe wa sebena mwana. am as black as charcoal and i can never use such racist langauge. rock tree you mean you dont know what happened in south africa due to racism where our brothers fought and the galant madiba brought in a rainbow nation. lelo iwe rock tree ule fwaya ifwe tuye kunuma shuwa. awe ine nin dabwa sana. bushe efyo twala amaba uku ikala nomba muno mu chalo chesu. pantu fye ba sata bale leta ifin fulunganyo mu cahlo, ninishi na ifwe fwe bena zambia tu ambe uku patana. awe rock tree you are a di9sgrace to humanity. i will [pray for you to the all mighy god. rock tree repent. do not follow sata and his crew.

    • concerned citizen  December 13, 2012 at 10:32

      Ooh please sir stop this racist remarks against our friends the Indians they are very good people we have coexisted together for centuries and they have contributed to the economic development of this country and in many other areas.

      • Topclamp  December 13, 2012 at 13:41

        When you say Indians are good people you give an impression that you have never leave close to them. The majority of them are racists.Indians have robbed Zambian engineers of their jobs at Mopani metallurgical ( Concentrator,Smelter,and refinery) departments.Ask any Zambian working at one of these departments,I’m you shall learn one thing or two on how Zambians are mistreated.

  15. Loconino  December 12, 2012 at 19:57

    Don’t piss off the Indians Ukwa. They may stop you from entering the country the next time you need medical treatment.

    • agonised  December 13, 2012 at 08:39

      ….on the other scrotum!

  16. playboy  December 12, 2012 at 19:32

    Fack them

    • Loconino  December 12, 2012 at 20:15

      Check your spelling IDIOT PF cadre!

  17. FJT  December 12, 2012 at 19:17


  18. Libyan  December 12, 2012 at 18:37

    Zambians need to learn manners they should know that most of the countries have progressed with international expertise but the way today’s government is handling things????????

    I am sorry but have to say Zambia is decending

  19. Chief  December 12, 2012 at 18:35

    Why leaving when the govmt needs u2 work at da fact.have done anythn?relaxe i lov indian engineers.

  20. Jamela  December 12, 2012 at 18:32

    This is Zambia where the president is above the law. The police can arrest any person without committing any offence. Next time church gatherings shall require a permit from the police. Perhaps with International outcry, something is going to be done.

  21. OP  December 12, 2012 at 18:31


    • You still don’t force someone to work for ZPC if they do not wish to? Besides, what business has Govt got with these individuals for stoping work for ZPC and wishing to leave the country?

      • OP  December 12, 2012 at 18:49


        • Think Tank  December 13, 2012 at 05:38

          also ask mmembe and Nchito to pay the 14 bilion

      • Joseph Mbesuma  December 12, 2012 at 21:36

        Exactly. I smell a rat

  22. luwingu  December 12, 2012 at 18:25

    atleast i didnt vote for this chi ukwa. you mathani let them indians go. why are you holding onto them?

  23. Dr. Savimbi  December 12, 2012 at 18:25

    voting for SATAn was the greatest public sin one could have committed. Anyway, i am not innocent on this. I blame myself but i didnt want the BANDA administration to continue with the alleged loot.

    • opanda nzelu  December 12, 2012 at 20:22

      You just confirmed how fo0lish you are for voting Ukwa

    • chombela  December 13, 2012 at 11:37

      why not try the innocent UPND for change that is real than…mistake after mistake after mistake doesn’t make a right..2016 make a good choice through hhhhh HHH CHABE

  24. Lwalwa  December 12, 2012 at 18:21

    Thats a human rights violation, witholding someones passport and forcing them to work….jeez

  25. shushushu  December 12, 2012 at 18:16

    But at the rate Sata is going things arereally going bad… I regret having voted for Sata…

    • I AM NOT SURPRISED  December 12, 2012 at 18:22

      i wish u well dear but remember that a real man never regrets the result of his actions.where do u and all those in a state of regret stand?

      • Lwalwa  December 12, 2012 at 19:43

        So your so called ‘real men’ do not repent?

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