Govt nationalises Horizon Schools

GOVERNMENT has notified trustees of Horizon Education Trust of its compulsory acquisition of Horizon schools.

Lands minister Jean Kapata, according to the gazette notice, stated that it was the intention of the President to acquire the said property.

“The Lands Acquisition Act (Section 6). Notice to Yield Up Possession. Whereas the President has resolved that it is desirable or expedient in the interests of the Republic to acquire the property described in the Schedule hereto; AND WHEREAS notice was given, served on the 25th of September, 2019 and published in the Gazette on the 20th of September, 2019, that it was the intention of the President tom acquire the said property; AND WHEREAS the President has certified that the said property is urgently required: NOW THEREFORE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in terms of Section 6 of the Lands Acquisition Act that you are directed to yield up position of the said property on or before the 30th day of December, 2019,” reads the Gazette notice No.1128 of 2019. “ALL THAT piece of land in extent 5.0114 hectares more or less being Stand No. KABUL/LN -59565/196 situate in Kabulonga area of the Lusaka Province in the Republic of Zambia, otherwise known as Horizon Schools, which piece of land is shown on a site plan relating to the said area and thereon bordered red. To (1) The Trustees, Horizon Education, Post Net Box 95, Private Bag E891, Manda Hill, Location No.2754, Lake Road, Kabulonga, Lusaka, Zambia. AND TO: All persons claiming to be interested in the said property. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your attention is drawn to Section 17 of the Lands Acquisition Act which requires the persons entitled to transfer the said land to transfer the same to the President within two months of the publication of this notice.”

Ministry of Lands principal legal officer has since notified Horizons Schools of the compulsory acquision of the property adding that the Government Gazette No.6814 was published on November 15, 2019.

Parents of over 500 pupils have since been informed by the Horizon Board of the government’s compulsory acquisition of the school, where half of the students are on sponsorship ranging from 10 to 100 per cent.

Horizon was built on the Ministry of Education (Kabulonga Secondary Schools) land, an act sanctioned by the MMD administration of president Rupiah Banda.

It was launched in Zambia in 2009 through a memorandum of understanding with GRZ which offered the land to Horizon. The school started operating in 2011 and was officially opened on March 23, 2011, by then president Banda.

Then Turkish ambassador to Zambia Ahmet Arba said the opening of the school would contribute to the needs of Zambians. And Turkish University chancellor Serif Ali Tkalan said his country decided to open a school in Zambia because of the country’s peaceful environment.

On its website, it states that Horizon Educational Trust (HET), founded in 2009, has played a significant and extensive role in fostering a good relationship between Zambia and the World at large in the educational, cultural, moral and social fields.

“Horizon Schools are committed to empowering learners to achieve their goals and realize their potential through HOLISTIC APPROACH, UNIVERSAL VALUES and QUALITY EDUCATION.

Horizon Schools are established by Horizon Educational Trust (HET) hand in hand with the Ministry of General Education of Zambia, which provides instruction from Nursery to Grade 12 as well as with Ministry of Higher Education of Zambia.”

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