MR. BRIAN MULETAMBO LINGELA
The Board of Commissioners of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brian Muletambo Lingela as Executive Director of the Commission effective 15th June, 2023.
Mr. Lingela has 22 years of progressively professional experience in the media, non-governmental and public sectors in Zambia, 15 of which are at senior management level. Over the last 14 years, Mr. Lingela has served as Director Consumer and Public Relations, Director Consumer Protection, Director Mergers and Monopolies and Director Cartels and Restrictive Business Practices at the Commission. He has also served as Zambia’s designate for Consumer Protection for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for many years and is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners for the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC).
Mr. Lingela holds a Master’s Degree in Development Communication and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Public Administration from the University of Zambia.
As he leads the Commission, the Board, Management and Staff wishes him success and assured support as he steers the Commission, Zambia’s primary advocate for competition and consumer protection to higher heights.
Goods Worth Over K18,000 Seized in Chinsali District
2022-05-27Assorted goods worth K18,654 have been seized in Chinsali district by a joint team of inspectors from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Chinsali Municipal Council (CMC) and Ministry of Health (MoH). The inspections covered 26 business outlets at Chinsali’s Central Business District (CBD) in Muchinga province and were conducted on 10th to 12th and 19th May, 2022 respectively.
The assorted products seized include foodstuffs and cosmetic items such as carbonated drinks, milk, butter, body lotion and hair products among others. The goods were expired and therefore not fit for human consumption. Selling or offering for sale products not fit for purpose or expired is against the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No. 24 of 2010 as well as the Food and Safety Act No. 7 of 2019.
In light of this, the CCPC, CMC and MoH wish to warn all suppliers, retailers and distributors to seize selling unsuitable products which have exceeded their shelf life. Traders are also advised to abide by the law and desist from engaging in unfair trading practices or any conduct that erode consumer welfare.
Further, in a quest to ensure trader’s compliance with the law and consumer protection in Zambia, CCPC, CMC and MoH will continue working together and enforcing their respective mandates.
Warning Against Fake Facebook Account
2022-04-20The Ministry of Commerce,Trade and Industry wishes to warn the public against a fake Facebook account claiming to be that of the Minsitry. For more information, read the Full Article
Chipoka Mulenga, MP
2022-04-11The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is a statutory body under Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. The CCPC was established under the Competition and Consumer Protection
Act (CCPA) No.24 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
Its Mission Statement is to safeguard and promote economic welfare by prohibiting anti-competitive and unfair business practices in Zambia.
In order to align its operations to good governance practices, the CCPC wishes to recruit for the following positions: Job-Adverts.pdf (ccpc.org.zm)
Transport Sector Pricing not a Cartel
2022-02-04The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) wishes to clarify that it has detected no price cartels in the transport sector as alleged by some sections of society.
The Commission takes cognizance of the fact that the alleged price cartels in the transport sector in fact refers to conduct prescribed in the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002. Therefore, the conduct by Government to determine transport fares is not illegal.
In view of the above, the Commission wishes to inform the general public that free market policies are not necessarily absolute, as public interest considerations take the fore; so as to prevent market failure. For this reason, Governments intervene in the markets as is the case with the Zambian transport sector, so as to protect citizens from the detrimental effects of market failure.
Other practical examples of such interventions by Government can be seen in the fuel and electricity sectors where Government intervenes in pricing so as to ensure that both the businesses and consumers in the sectors concerned benefit equitably. This is also common practice even at international level where the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a “legal cartel.”
This is why under Section 3 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No. 24 of 2010, any conduct undertaken for or designed to achieve a non-commercial socio-economic objective or similar purpose is exempted of the Act.