Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Protea Hotel to construct hotel in Chiawa at a cost of K50 billion

Protea Hotels Zambia Limited is soon to construct a five star hotel in the lower Zambezi area of Chieftainess Chiawa at a cost of K50 billion.

The hotel will have the capacity of 80 rooms and is expected to employ 100 local people.

Union Gold Investment Management Managing Director Adam Lethbridge disclosed the development in an interview after an environmental impact assessment for the establishment of a hotel in the lower Zambezi held at Chiawa basic school in Chiawa.

He said the planned development of the hotel will commence as soon as the company meets all requirements such as conducting an environmental impact assessment, licenses and other areas of importance.

He said Union Gold which is the major shareholder of Protea hotels Zambia has already acquired a 12 hectare piece of land in the game management area of Chiawa for which Chieftainess Chiawa was aware.

Mr Lethbridge said the hotel will bring in new skills for locals and lead to improvement in roads and other infrastructure.

He said the company was aware that the area was a natural habitat of wild animals hence the need to protect them.

And in a separate interview with ZANIS, Chieftainess Chiawa said she had no objection to the proposed development of the hotel in her chiefdom.

Chieftainess Chiawa expressed concern that many lodge operators in the area were failing to develop the area to her expectation.

She reiterated that her desire is to see Chiawa develop and reduce dependence of locals on handouts.
And officially closing the hearing of submissions and reactions to the proposed hotel Kafue District Commissioner Winford Ngoma stated that government’s interest is to see Chiawa contribute to the development of the district.

He said government alone cannot develop the country without investors such as lodge owners and other tourist operators.

Mr. Ngoma said his office will closely watch Protea hotel management so that it implements all commitments it has made once government consents to the project.

He said government was aware of the problems people in Chiawa were facing and will do everything possible to protect their interests.