The Department of Immigration in Ndolahas detained 12 foreign players and the coach of Buildcon football club for various immigration offences. This was in a routine operation conducted at Levy Mwanawasa stadium aimed at screening all foreign staff employed by the football club.
The Serbian coach, Ivan Coric was taken into custody after it was discovered that he was holding an expired temporary employment permit while the 12 players detained include 3 Ghanaians, 3 Rwandese, 2 Congolese, 1 Cameroonian, 1 Burundian, 1 South African and 1 Ivorian.
According to Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka, most of the players in detention were holding expired temporary employment permits, while some had either overstayed their business visits or were in contravention of terms and conditions of their employment permits.
Mr Nshinka said all 13 remain in custody, pending further immigration formalities. Buildcon’s game against Nakambala Leopards which was scheduled to take place on Saturday has since been postponed to a later date.
In other news – Government signs a Railway Memorandum of understanding with Railnet International
Government and Railnet International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding worth 11 billion United States dollars to construct a standard gauge railway system. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ministry of Transport and Communication Permanent Secretary MISHECK LUNGU who signed on behalf of the Government said the agreement will see the upgrade of railway infrastructure in-country.
Mr LUNGU says the project will be implemented on a Private Public Partnership framework in which the government will only provide the land. He, however, says the construction of the new railway system will help to move bulk cargo goods away from the road. And Mr LUNGU said once the project is executed it will transform the country into a transport hub. Read more