22 November 2012

Zambia: Zambezi Portland Cement Ops Director Deported

ZAMBEZI Portland Cement operations director Daniela Ventriglia has been deported to Italy.

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu and Zambezi Portland Cement Operations manager Mwamba Kayula confirmed that Mr Ventriglia was flown to Italy yesterday.

Mr Kayula said in Ndola yesterday that Mr Ventriglia, 34, was picked up from his office in the morning and driven to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.

Mr Kayula alleged that the Ministry of Home Affairs did not give reasons for the deportation of Mr Ventriglia.

He said the deportation had affected the daily production of cement which was at 1600 tonnes of cement, and that the company would not reach the half production capacity.

He appealed to the Government to rescind the decision as Mr Ventriglia was behind the success of Zambezi Portland Cement.

"This man has been operations director for the past two years, he was born in Luanshya, and we still need to continue with his good work at the company," he said.

Mr Kayula said that Zambezi Portland Cement has a workforce of 600 employees.

Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo said in a separate interview that police were deployed to the company in the morning when confusion erupted.

When word went round that Mr Ventriglia had been picked up, workers paralysed operations until police officers moved in.

"There was confusion in the morning when the workers started making noise about the deportation but the situation has returned to normal. Workers have gone back to work and police have continued to monitor the situation to ensure that peace is not disrupted," she said.

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