PRESIDENT Michael Sata is tomorrow Wednesday expected here to join several other Head of States and senior Government officials at Kenya’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Kenya Mumbi Phiri confirmed in an interview yesterday here that President Sata would arrive on Wednesday but she could not confirm the time.
“Unless some other developments come up, otherwise that is the information we have. We expect the President Sata to be here.
“I was just talking to Minister of Foreign Affairs Wylbur Simuusa who has assured me that the President is coming,” Ms Phiri said.
The High Commission was happy with massive preparations being put up by the Kenyan government towards hosting of their golden jubilee celebrations.
She said Zambians had a lot to learn from the manner in which Kenya had prepared its Golden Jubilee celebrations and was confident that the Zambian Golden jubilee celebrations would be better.
“Kenya got independence in 1963 while us, we got our independence in 1964. So, we have a lot to learn from Kenya copy something from them which we can put in our programme next year,” she said
Ms Phiri said a committee of Permanent Secretaries (PSs) in Zambia had been constituted to plan for Zambia’s golden jubilee celebrations in 2014.
She said the embassy in Kenya would closely work with the PSs and furnish them on how Kenya had successfully hosted their historic celebrations in East Africa.
A major aim of the golden jubilee celebrations was to bring Kenya together, raise awareness around the many gifts Kenya had focus on such as economic, social and political growth and look to future investment.
And according to a tentative programme released by the Kenyan government through the Zambia High Commission, various Presidents, Government officials, former Heads of State and other dignitaries would start arriving on Wednesday between 08:00 hours to 11:00 (Kenyan time).
The dignitaries were expected to be welcomed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta before proceeding for the Golden Jubilee celebrations on Thursday at Moi International Sports Complex in Nairobi.
A check around Nairobi town business centre, found various institutions making final touches towards the celebrations and several residents talked to, expressed happiness with the unity being fostered amongst themselves.
Many people spoke to said, marking 50 years of Independence was a major milestone for their country and that they were determined to ensure the national event was celebrated in style and splendour