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

December 12
18:06 2012

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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