President Rupiah Banda confers with Defence minister Kalombo Mwansa (R)

President Rupiah Banda today leaves for Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Defence Minister Kalombo Mwansa will act as President during the absence of both Mr Banda and Vice-President George Kunda.

Special assistant to the President for Press and public relations Dickson Jere said in a statement yesterday that Dr Mwansa would act because Mr Kunda is also out of the country for medical review.

In a statement, Mr Jere said the President would be among other African leaders who had been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum sessions. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Rethinking Africa’s growth strategy’.

According to Mr Jere, the forum will discuss issues pertaining to higher education for Africa, unlocking Africa’s growth potential, a new vision for Africa’s agriculture and the China-Africa partnership for growth.

President Banda will meet some investors at the forum who are interested in investing in Africa. He will be accompanied to Dar-es-Salaam by Education Minister Dora Siliya, Deputy Minister for Finance and National Planning Chileshe Kapwepwe and other senior Government officials.

The President and his delegation will return to Lusaka after scheduled business in Tanzania.

[Times of Zambia]

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Couldnt RB just deligate one of his ministers to represent him at the summit?
    How do you have the top two leaders out of the country at the same time?
    Umufyashi uyu Zoona alitemwa ukupitana

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  2. William Banda would have been a better acting president in the absence of the other Banda.

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  3. He will be accompanied to Dar-es-Salaam by Education Minister Dora Siliya, Deputy Minister for Finance and National Planning Chileshe Kapwepwe….kwasila delegation

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  4. This old and tired man has really spend most of his time as president in the air than on the soil. It’s true you cant have both leaders out of the country at once. I have always said Zambia has no leader. Tuitekafye fwebene. Even if RB and Kunda were out for months and month will still maintain our peace. Their presence doesnt matter. Look at what happened in Mufumbwe, both the IG and RB were there and you saw what occured. Ba Kunda nabena babwelefye ku Zambia like Teta did.

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  5. Can somebody tell me how many posts Dora Siliya has. She’s also acting Minister of Information and Broadcasting. How can one handle two positions at the same time. Is she not supposed to concentrate on her position als MoE. Kutiwaseka!!!

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  6. On “Defence Minister Kalombo Mwansa will act as President during the absence of both Mr Banda and Vice-President George Kunda” this sounds good and MP George Mpombo could have been Acting President had he not resigned probably today. However, I believe that the best could have been to let Minister of Foreign Affairs Kabinga Mpande to lead the delegation to Tanzania so that we do not have a constitutional crises in case the air trip to Tanzania proves to be a calamity for our President as it happened in Poland considering that Minister Vice President MP George Kunda is in a seriously incapacitated position to run Zambia due to his illness in South Africa.

    Anyway, tourism seems to be a hobby better done instead of caring for Zambia for our President.

    Be blest all.
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    Matt…

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  7. # 11, Zed. she is spokesperson for the MMD Party and the education minister in the government. In the absence of any minister its not his/her deputy who acts but another minister. so there is nothing wrong in Dora acting as information minister in the absence of Shikapwasha after all she was/is a journalist. In a situation like this I think as Zambians we must learn to apreciate the power of our constitution. This is a perfect example of a country that has a working constitution no matter how fraud it may be. Look at Nigeria where an acting head of state sacks the entire cabinet while his president is incapacitated.

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  8. #13 that is correct, in a functioning democracy everything runs normally as anticipated by the constitution.

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  9. In case some bloggers did not read, here it is again and then you can blog intelligently. “In a statement, Mr Jere said the President would be among other African leaders who had been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum sessions. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Rethinking Africa’s growth strategy’.

    According to Mr Jere, the forum will discuss issues pertaining to higher education for Africa, unlocking Africa’s growth potential, a new vision for Africa’s agriculture and the China-Africa partnership for growth.

    President Banda will meet some investors at the forum who are interested in investing in Africa.”

    NOW BLOG

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  10. #15.Katie Bad we have already read what LT has posted we ain’t that Dumb,
    As for my Contribution its very dangerous the top two Caretakers of county out at the same time i Agree with #12 that he should have let the foreign affairs Minister lead the Delegation or even Felix Mutati coz his usually good and talks sense at such forums.:-?:-?

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  11. Yebo! I second Nom de Plume Dot Com (No 5) Like Ronald Reagan said in 1980 …”we have had a clown for the last 4 years why cant we have an actor?”
    And truely we must also ask ourselves “Are we better off today than we were 4 years ago?”

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  12. #6 If your Father is a fool don t transfer that foolishness to our President. The President has to perform his duties. You must even ask yourself as to what you ve contributed to the Country-Zambian By Name. The president is using our money as Tax payers and we voted for Him knowing very well that other than Domestic responsibillities He will have other International duties. You can hang if you are not happy because he will be there beyond 2011 as long as God wants him to serve his people

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  13. Ninshi Hon. Siliya wakuba china after the forum? This dude is a serious clown… :-w
    Any news about the VP,is his condition still stable ngu he has kicked the bucket?
    Hon. Mutati should have accompanied him as well, i wonder if RB will talk sense to the “investors”

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  14. # 4, he’s one of those short fellows from Zaire. Looks like Kafupi, but he’s a gentleman.

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  15. Frequent Flyer up in the air again!When will the Old Man get some rest and sit with his little children teaching them facts about life. And he carries Dora and Kapwepwe.Thandiwe watch out…….

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  16. JUST WHAT THE F.U.C.K IS THE MEANING OF DELEGATION? two most important people out of the country, cry the beloved country. He has been looking for investors ever since he became president, Malawi china you name it hopeless

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  17. Dora Siliya is acting minister of information, now that she going to Tanzania, who will be the acting acting information minister, acting acting govt spokesperson and acting minister of education. Let us know. We have right to know!

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  18. #22 2011 HERE WE COME AGAIN!!
    You’ve also learnt the art of insultology from master insulter RB. Is it now a policy in MMD that when unleashing insults on somebody a portion has to be directed at his/her parents? Amano nayapwa

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  19. Shikapwasha has gone a retreat for reverands some where in Mpili village in Keembe, Chibombo.

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  20. THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO GO FOR A COUP SO THAT THEY STAY WHEREVER THAY ARE FOR GOOD. WHERE IS CAPTAIN SOLO???

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  21. “# 22. 2011 HERE WE COME AGAIN!!
    you are a brother/sister in law to Bwezani???? lost creatures. come to yo senses

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  22. It’s hard to imagine a head of state who is incapable of passing up a chance to travel than Lupiya ev3n in the absence of his vice president! Even meetings convened at heads of state level can be attended by a minisster to represent the head of state. Or didn’t you know that, Mr. President? He couldn’t wait to get out of the coutnry after spending two weeks on useless campaigns instead of travelling outside!!! What a leader!!!

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  23. I thought is will be MIKE MULONGOTI AS ACTING PRESIDENT or RB did choose Kalombo Mwansa because Mulongoti would be an obvious…

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  24. It’s rather funny presenting a picture of the back of Mwansa’s head as introduction. When someone asks me what the acting Prez Mwansa looks like, I will say

    “he has rather big ears, he could be deaf because his ear was almost touching RB’s mouth in the first picture I ever saw of him, and, oh yes, he looks a bit overweight”.>:d<

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  25. # 35 i jst confirmed wit state house,, the acting president was introduced in such a way coz of security reasons…lol…….. i think Mutati wud hav made a gud actin president mwe

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  26. Zungulira Zambia! UP in the air again. The ground is too hot for him. HH and Sata are giving him a heel lot of time. Now the Dutch are funding PF!!! What is next?????

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  27. # 22 you are such a big I.D.I.O.T !! your thinking is very shallow!! useless chap!! go 2hell !!

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  28. Pipo jst watch n let the president rule, if u dnt want him elections r in some months………….bt 4 nw let my bwezani b the leader witout unnecesary intimidation.

    ba Banda twapapata bombeni.

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