Mweetwa announces Cabinet decisions

By Paul Shalala ‘

Cabinet has approved the transformation of South Downs Airport in Kalulushi and Mbala Airport in Northern Province to military airports under the Zambia Air Force.

The two airports are currently run by the Zambia Airports Corporation and have struggled to attract scheduled aircraft operations.

Chief Government Spokesperson CORNELIUS MWEETWA says Cabinet has further approved that civilian aircrafts can land at the two said airports when need arises.

In a statement to ZNBC News, Mr. MWEETWA, who is also Information and Media Minister, says the decision was made at a Cabinet meeting chaired by President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA on 8th April 2024.

And Mr. MWEETWA has disclosed that Cabinet has approved the upward adjustment of the rates for hire of equipment for the Zambia National Service -ZNS Equipment under the Land Development Branch -LDB.

He says the rates have been adjusted upward to bring them to the current prevailing rates in the market that are charged by private sector players.

Mr. MWEETWA has also disclosed that Cabinet, at its last sitting, approved the ratification of the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries.

He says the ratification is aimed at promoting scientific and technological cooperation among the Non-Aligned and other developing countries.

Cabinet also approved in principle the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the National Archives Act, the hosting of the 2024 Digital Government Africa Summit to be held from 2nd to 4th October, 2024 and the hosting of the 4th Forensic DNA International Symposium from 22nd to 24th May, 2024 in Livingstone, Zambia.

Cabinet also approved the proposal by the African Peer Review Mechanism Continental Secretariat for Zambia to host the APRM Methodology Forum in Livingstone, Zambia from 6th to 10th May, 2024 and the appointment of a seven member Board of the National Mental Health Council.

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