Copperbelt Airport Encroachment Worries Authorities

The under-construction Copperbelt International Airport has suffered some encroachment with the contractor raising alarm over lack of action by the Civil Aviation Authority.

And Avic International Senior Consultant, Lei Yingqi is concerned with the continued levels of theft of materials at the site by the nearby Communities.

Speaking when a team from Civil Aviation Authority undertook a tour of the multi-million-dollar project, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe has challenged the Authority to protect its land to avoid any encroachments.

He said the development is coming at a huge cost and should not be messed up by people wanting to put up structures around it.

Nundwe had also directed the Ndola City Council to check the extent of encroachments and address the issue immediately.

And Civil Aviation Authority Acting Board Chairperson, Patrick Nswana expressed worry on the encroachments but was quick to mention thar his team will engage the Council to address the matter immediately.

Meanwhile Lei said theft of materials is affecting progress in construction works at the aviation project.

He stated that despite engaging surrounding communities, employees and police on the matter, some people continued to break the wire fence to steal materials.

But Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga has urged AVIC International to enhance internal security.

She said police will be ready to arrest such people provided they are furnished with adequate information.



  1. Truth man

    This is pathetic to say the least ! Materials are being stolen from a government establishment and all a head of police can say is the construction company should put internal security in order!! Government property?! This police commissioner is the least competent police officer I have ever seen. A big project such as this one is supposed to send all security wings in action if a report of any misdeed either from within or outside is received.But it appears this matter is being taken very casually like it is a residential house under construction!! It appears in this country people are just title holders and they can’t show for it. Even the permanent Secretary appears not to know what action is to be taken under the prevailing state of affairs.I appeal to the President to take action here or else things shall get out of hand.

    • Twapia

      This is indeed serious. The police should do something. The PS can’t do anything….he is totally ineffective. I believe he spends all his time campaigning to stand as an MP in Muchinga.

    • Chandra

      That is the least of good thoughts. Thefts happen inside house and villagers are mare transporters organized by workers themselves. We saw this at Levi mwanawasa stadium construction site. Workers used to bring relatives at damp site where trucks of residues would damp materials consealed in trush. You can’t blame police. That’s why they don’t employ local people is because of such criminal minded and you cry at last.

  2. JMS

    Who owns the airport, and who directed its works? Its icridiblely astonishing to understand that man doesn’t see that it’s only democracy which gives room to government owned firms reach its peak in progress.although man doesn’t recognize it God will let him understand how to recognize pure democracy in its involvement in education otherwise all firms will be reduced until nothing achieved.

  3. AM

    Same story chingola kasompe airstrip is experiencing the same

  4. Xoxo

    Stop the corruption and people buying fake properties and thinking their entitled. Where are the authorities in charge? They are the ones in charge of land .

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  7. bowman

    First political parties encourage cadres to grab land and when it goes out of hands they issue weird statements. First they steal and set stealing standard then give lectures to the thieves. What a skunk !

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  9. gabriel lubona mwakacheya

    all in one when it comes to security there is alot involved.first things first avic should intensify its security concerning storage of materials followed by perimeter security then its workers in person.meaning installations of cctv cameras so as to easily sport all intruders from breaching the premises.
    really i did not experct a company like avic find itself in a tight corner concerning security.

  10. Mwila

    In the last paragraph shocking statement there. Why should police wait to be furnished with information from the public. I thought police are suppose to investigate.

  11. Mwewa kaluba

    The works are not completed. Government has not been officially handed over the Airport. Therefore AVIC is responsible for security of the site. simple construction law

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