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

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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. Sata no treatment in India sorry !

    London - December 13, 2012
    17:55

  2. 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.

    KING ATASe! - December 13, 2012
    14:40

  3. 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.

    Ronrad Reiy - December 13, 2012
    13:24

  4. 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????

    patriot - December 13, 2012
    12:35

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    get backlinks - December 13, 2012
    11:41

  6. 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.

    Mwinne Mushi - December 13, 2012
    10:16

    • LETS HOPE IT HAPPENS SOON!!!!!

      FJT - December 13, 2012
      11:13

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

      belihno - December 13, 2012
      11:32

      • What family? Does he consider anybody that haha. joker

        Papa Koko - December 13, 2012
        14:30

  7. This is what happens when you retards in in office.

    blago - December 13, 2012
    08:18

  8. 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.

    Vilifier - December 13, 2012
    08:13

    • Bullshit only. G7 is way too nothing to talk about

      agonised - December 13, 2012
      08:35

      • You talk shit mr disagonised

        Papa Koko - December 13, 2012
        14:31

    • 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.

      katibwe - December 13, 2012
      15:59

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

    icewater1 - December 13, 2012
    06:28

  10. 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…!

    Eya eee! - December 13, 2012
    05:00

  11. Diplomatic row brewing?

    Bonzo - December 12, 2012
    23:57

  12. 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

    Lol - December 12, 2012
    21:26

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

    obama - December 12, 2012
    20:49

  14. {DEMANDS} AS IF ZAMBIA IS HIS HOUSE STUPID INDIANS, LAW IS LAW AFTER LAW UR THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE PROBLEM / RUBBISH IN Z.DO NOT BRING BOMBAY INTO ZAMBIA.

    rocktree - December 12, 2012
    20:29

    • 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.

      Say what? - December 12, 2012
      20:56

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

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

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

          Say what? - December 12, 2012
          22:40

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

        umofia okojime - December 13, 2012
        13:53

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

      Lwalwa - December 12, 2012
      21:27

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

      Joseph Mbesuma - December 12, 2012
      21:34

    • 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…

      Hakuna Matata - December 12, 2012
      21:36

    • 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 robbed..so my dear friend take back your unkindly words..thankyou

      Scorpion - December 12, 2012
      21:53

    • Law? Which Law?

      Kipara Matata - December 13, 2012
      06:15

    • 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.

      solo - December 13, 2012
      10:14

    • 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.

      concerned citizen - December 13, 2012
      10:32

      • 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.

        Topclamp - December 13, 2012
        13:41

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

    Loconino - December 12, 2012
    19:57

    • ….on the other scrotum!

      agonised - December 13, 2012
      08:39

  16. Fack them

    playboy - December 12, 2012
    19:32

    • Check your spelling IDIOT PF cadre!

      Loconino - December 12, 2012
      20:15

  17. MAHTANI IS HOLDING THE PASSPORTS AND GRZ HAS ALLOWED ALL THIS TO HAPPEN WHAT CROOKS!!!!!!

    FJT - December 12, 2012
    19:17

  18. 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

    Libyan - December 12, 2012
    18:37

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

    Chief - December 12, 2012
    18:35

  20. 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.

    Jamela - December 12, 2012
    18:32

  21. THEY ARE NOT FORMER EMPLOYEES OF ZPC….THEY ARE EMPLOYEES OF ZPC!!!!!!!!!

    OP - December 12, 2012
    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?

      • YOU ARE RITE THOSE TWO CROOKS SHOULD PAY BACK OUR ZMK 18 BILLION

        OP - December 12, 2012
        18:49

        • also ask mmembe and Nchito to pay the 14 bilion

          Think Tank - December 13, 2012
          05:38

      • Exactly. I smell a rat

        Joseph Mbesuma - December 12, 2012
        21:36

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

    luwingu - December 12, 2012
    18:25

  23. 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.

    Dr. Savimbi - December 12, 2012
    18:25

    • You just confirmed how fo0lish you are for voting Ukwa

      opanda nzelu - December 12, 2012
      20:22

    • 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

      chombela - December 13, 2012
      11:37

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

    Lwalwa - December 12, 2012
    18:21

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

    shushushu - December 12, 2012
    18:16

    • 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?

      I AM NOT SURPRISED - December 12, 2012
      18:22

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

        Lwalwa - December 12, 2012
        19:43