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Mboweni Apologises to Zambia for ‘Zambia Airways Fleet’ Tweet

South Africa’s Minister of Finance Tito Mboweno has apologized to Zambia for any offence caused by his ‘Zambia Airways fleet’ tweet.

Mboweni tweeted that “I recall the days when this airport was populated by the Zambia Airways fleet. There is none now. Zambia Airways does not exist anymore. Reality check. But I am on Rwanda Air. A small African country doing big things.”

According to the statement issued today by first secretary for Press and and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa Inutu Mupango Mwanza, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji and Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba discussed and enlightened Mboweni the strides Zambia had recently made in the aviation sector.

Malanji said on the sidelines of the 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Headsin Nihamey, Niger, that Zambia had made critical investments in national airports in Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone in excess of $1billion.

He said Zambia’s international traffic had also grown tremendously with numerous daily flights from Dubai, South Africa, Addis Ababa and Nairobi.

 

Malanji also said plans had reached an advanced stage to reintroduce a national carrier.

 

 

19 Comments

  1. PM

    Whats there to apologize about? The man stated facts….zambia airways is no more !!

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  2. Christopher M.Mutambo

    Mr Tito Mboweni shouldn’t have apologized.
    The SA minister of Finance just pointed out the facts.

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  3. Ngwazi Yothandiza ena

    South African minister shouldnt have appologised coz gge just hitted a nail on the head.Zambia is failing to move forward coz having corrupt & selfish leaders who just want to enrich themselves & their families.

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  4. MJ

    No need to apologize, the Minister stated facts, our government felt ashamed period

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  5. Abena kafue

    How do you apologise when you have stated a fact?

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  6. Hh

    Who sold the Zambian companies? May the spirit of the departed strike them to death.

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  7. HNC

    I see no offence. He stated the sheer fact. Let’s appreciate noble observations. Being defensive doesn’t help. The ministers comments are very healthy and will help wake up those tasked with the role of creating the new airline. Thank You Mr Minister from RSA and God Bless You for your candid observation.

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  8. Keep Observer

    Hon Mboweni was right BUT at the same time it seems like Mr Mboweni, it’s becoming a habit now to tweet controversial subjects these days. The E-toll, the other time he tweeted in comparison of Kigali & Jozi’s cleanliness. The unbundling of Reserve Bank, It all sparks good & healthy debates. To those countries who are doing well on the continent they must be applauded.

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  9. Keen Observer

    Yes

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  10. DEEP THROAT

    Thank you, again thank you Hon Mboweni for speaking your mind from the depth of your heart.
    Honestly, I think there was no offense intended on your part, and we I take none. This rather is a wake up call to our politicians not to rush when making decisions on matters of national interest.
    THIS THOUGH SHOULD BE THE WAY FORWARD ON ZAMBIA AIRWAYS MATTER:
    (1) Zambia MUST IMMEDIATELY inaugurate ZAMBIA AIRWAYS CARGO FLIGHTS.
    There’s do much cargo including our minerals that can be air freighted.
    There so much cargo that can go to China by air, but we are incumbered due to lack of cargo planes.
    (2) With cargo flights, you have do much ready properly trained man / woman power that we don’t need expatriates.
    (3) when this is started and paying off, then we can hear from our Brother Hon. Mboweni again.
    (4) Government must consult now, and take advice. Re look critically on my recommendation and THINK.

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  11. Patrick

    What was an apology for? Am sure even Mr. Mboweni apologized just for the sake of doing so. Otherwise, i don’t see the need to do that. But at least he made them aware that everyone is concerned about how the government is doing.

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  12. Joy Simwaba

    SHAME TO HAVE TO EXTRACT AN APOLOGY. NONE WAS NEEDED! THE HONORABLE MINISTER JUST PRESENTED US WITH A GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR SOON RETURNING AIRLINE TO ALL AFRICA!!!
    AND HIS TWEET WAS ACTUALLY A WELL PACKAGED VERY POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS. LET ME TRY TO POINT THEM OUT:
    1. HE LOVED QZ (Zambia Airways) Did he even love it more that SAA, maybe…?
    2. ZAMBIA IS A BIG COUNTRY
    3. AFRICAN COUNTRIES SHOULD BE DOING BIG THINGS.
    WHATS THERE TO APOLOGISE ABOUT IN THESE EXPECTATIONS…???
    I THOUGHT OUR MINISTER MUSHIMBA’S RESPONSE WAS EXCELLENT ALREADY AND ENOUGH TO SET THE TONE OF OUR REACTION.
    ANYWAYS, POLITICIANS ARE ALWAYS GOOD AT PUTTING THEIR FEET IN THEIR MOUTHS AND OUR ETHIOPIAN CONTIGENT MAY JUST HAVE DONE SO.
    MBOWENI IS A GREAT FRIEND OF ZAMBIA AND ZAMBIA’S PROGRESS.
    PEACE!

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  13. John Simukonda

    Comment When say the truth you are actually, helping the other person. People who get offended because, they have been told off in truth, are failures. The Bible is true on point when, it advises us in Matthew ( 5:37 where it says let your say be simple yes or no. Because anything more than that, comes from evil. So if have no airline in operation as it is, we are behind in many ways. This means that doing business as a country, will always be, expensive. Moreover having our own airline brings the much needed, foreign exchange to the nation. So honourable minister you have s point.

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  14. Blessed one

    Very true it’s finished. That was Zambia airways when we really enjoyed Zambia. All is gone

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  15. Johnson

    Awesome observation and reality check mr minister.No need to apologise,its a wake up call to the zambian government to do better and resusitate the aviation industry,

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  16. Bright

    Y apologize when you saying the truth.
    There is no shame in saying the truth.

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  17. Saimbwende

    Mafelefele after helping them so much they now start insulting us learn to be grateful you rsa people our wealth was squandered by sponsoring you during your struggle for independence

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  18. mwansa

    Nshimwenemo umulandu.

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