By HELEN ZULU –
THE Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT) has this year handled 46 appeals compared to 34 appeals handled in 2017.
Head CCPT Kelvin Kamayoyo said this indicated a marginal growth of 35 per cent in the cases handled in 2018 compared to 2017.
Mr Kamayoyo said 60 per cent of the cases handled in 2018 were consumer related while 40 per cent were competition related.
He said in an interview in Lusaka that this was attributed to the fact that there has been a lot of appreciation of the role of the tribunal in the economy.
“In 2018 we received more appeals as compared to 2017, we recorded 34 competition and consumer appeals in 2017 and in 2018 we handled 46 cases,” Mr Kamayoyo said.
He said the increase in the number of cases handled in 2018 showed a growing confidence by individuals and the private sector players in appreciating the justice disbursement by the tribunal.
Mr Kamayoyo said sectors that were more prominent during the year under review were the insurance, milling, poultry, banking, mobile, aviation and the cement industries.
“The tribunal has been performing very well with respect to fulfilling its mandate which is to ensure that it hears all the appeals in a much more speedy, fair and expeditious manner in order to reduce the cost burden to the parties.
“The tribunal handles cases that are not happy with the decision of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), all the appeals we look at are those that eminent from the decisions of the commission,” he said.