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President Michael Sata expected in Addis Ababa, for AU

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President Sata with first president Dr Kenneth Kaunda during the Labour Day Commemoration  at Freedom Statue in Lusaka on May 1,2013-Picture by THOMAS NSAM
President Sata with first president Dr Kenneth Kaunda during the Labour Day Commemoration at Freedom Statue in Lusaka on May 1,2013-Picture by THOMAS NSAM

President Michael Sata is tomorrow expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the AU 50 Celebrations and 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union which is scheduled to take place from the 25th to the 27th of May, 2013 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
The Summit, which is being held under the theme “Pan Africanism and African renaissance”, is aimed at celebrating Africa’s past, present and future and to energize Africa’s population to accelerate the agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st Century in tandem with NEPAD.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta said President Michael sata is scheduled to arrive tomorrow at Bole International Airport.

President sata’s delegation comprises First Lady, Christine Kaseba, who will be attending the Organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA) General Assembly on the sidelines of the AU heads of state summit.

Ms Sikaneta said the 50 years celebrations will be a historical event, adding that 50 y ears ago , much of Africa was still under the yoke of colonialism and apartheid and today it is gratifying to note that the continent has been liberated from all forms of subjugation.

“We all know that the last 50 years have been fraught with so many challenges, but through it all we are proud of our achievements,” Ms sikaneta said.

She said the summit will look at the successes scored and the challenges still being faced as the continent tries to develop.
‘’It will be an opportunity to rebrand Africa and take it to the next level,” She said.

Other programmes on President Sata’s agenda will include the 10th Heads of State UN reform meeting which Zambia is a member, the 19th summit of the African Peer Review forum (APRM) and the 29th session of the NEPAD Heads of State and government orientation committee meeting.

President Sata will also attend the African leaders’ malaria alliance to review the progress made in combating malaria on the continent which will be concluded with landmark proclamation of the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU. The proclamation is a vision for Africa in the next 50 years.

Besides being a partner of nations which pioneered the formation of the African Union, Zambia was the chosen host of the transformation of the Organisation of the African Union into the African Union in 2001 at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Meanwhile, First Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda, is this weekend expected to be hounoured by the African Union (AU) for his immense and selfless contribution to the liberation of Southern Africa.

Dr Kaunda is one of the founding fathers of what used to be called the Organization of African Unity, (OAU) which led to the liberation of the African continent.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta, says honouring of Dr Kaunda will be part of the activities to Celebrate 50 years of the African Union existence from inception when it was Organization of African unity (OAU).

Mrs sikaneta said honouring Dr Kaunda will be a great honour for Zambia. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 25th of May which is Africa Freedom Day during the Golden Jubilee celebrations, after which Dr Kaunda will address the gathering on the topic ‘’back in time”.

Dr Kaunda will also address an African youth and children’s integrated forum which will constitute an opportunity for intergenerational exchange, where young people will interact with current leaders and some of those who founded the OAU like, Dr Kaunda .

In addition to his efforts in Zambia, Dr Kaunda was in the forefront of the efforts to liberate all of Africa, serving as the President of the Pan African Freedom Movement for east, central and southern Africa (pafmesca) in 1962 and as chairman of the Organization of the African of African unity (OAU) from 1970 to 1973.

Dr Kaunda also played key roles in the mitigation of territorial disputes between Kenya and Somalia and the liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

ZANIS

11 COMMENTS

    • @Zebige,
      Don’t you think it is wiser for the president not to travel out of the country leaving a serious and escalating crisis behind? The violent protests need his urgent attention before it is too late. He can delegate one of his numerous acting presidents to represent him at the summit ( Africa’s talking shop).

    • I don`t think those demonstrations and insults will end any time soon.I believe elections time will come with a lot of people still singing the subsidy song.I can foresee it becoming the main campaign song for the opposition.

    • Zambia Watchdog Says…..”The AU itself has no presence or impact on African people but is just a platrom for African leaders to meet and exchange ideas on how to rig elections, witch-craft and steal from their own people”……This is the kind of Journalism you expect if UPND was to be in power. To them, the AU summit discuss witchcraft, kikikikikekekeke..awe mweee! This is what u expect when you make an online news in your bedroom for fear of being prosecuted due to insulting, grade 12 Journalists. Ba HH grow up!!

  1. It will be wise for the president not to travel outside the country leaving an escalating crisis behind. The violent protests currently going on must not be underestimated and therefore it is incumbent upon the president to seriously address the problems. Why can’t he delegate one of his numerous acting presidents to represent him at the summit? Common sense!

  2. “President Michael Sata is tomorrow expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the AU 50 Celebrations and 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union which is scheduled to take place from the 25th to the 27th of May, 2013 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia”.
    Who is expecting him? I can assure you no one is expecting him there. He is just fulfilling a fixture.

    • What do you mean ba Prison Break? I thot the English used here is simple and clear. Gents, if we have nothing to say, better to Cala Boca

  3. That is just a cover. He is most definitely going an extended medical holiday courtesy of taxpayer subsidised medical treatment! Pull the plug!

  4. This fellow should just stay home and continue doing what he knows best…..swearing-in ceremonies, creating districts and fixing his political opponents. It is a sheer waste of tax payers money because he wont add any value to that gathering.

  5. Zambia will never make progress if you continue electing homorhodesianus like those two ugly creatures in the picture! “Ae Zambians naturally ugly”- (A comment about the looks of Zambian President past and present on one of the African discussion boards).

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