President Edgar Lungu has wound up his business in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia following the close of the 24th African Union summit last evening.
His Presidential Challenger plane left Bole International Airport at 08:20hours local time in the company of First Lady, Esther Lungu and his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.
While in Addis Ababa President Lungu attending the 24th African Union summit which ran from January 30th to 31st, 2015.
Mr. Lungu also held bilateral talks with Presidents and Prime Ministers from within Africa and beyond.
He also held talks with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Unite States of America’s Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thoma-Greenfield.
Meanwhile, First Lady Esther Lungu described the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) meetings which she was attending as an eye opener and fruitful.
Mrs. Lungu said the meetings presented her with an opportunity to interact with other African First Ladies.
She told Zambian journalists in Addis Ababa that she learnt a lot from the summit on HIV/AIDS, cervical and breast cancer and other disease that daunt the African continent.
She said she will utilise the knowledge to help vulnerable people in Zambia.
And Mrs. Lungu has observed that the provision of basic needs to rural families would help reduce cases of defilements, child marriages and gender based violence.
She said girls who cover long distances to fetch water and firewood were prone to abuse by men.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has said African leaders have shown a lot of commitment and genuineness towards improving the economies of their countries.
President Lungu said after a close contact with other heads of state and government at the just ended 24th African Union summit in Addis Ababa, that he has realised that the leaders of various countries in Africa genuinely desired to improve their economies.
He said as he described his experience at the summit that his government will right away work towards developing the country.
The President was talking to Zambian journalists today shortly before he left Ethiopia for Zambia.
He said the theme of the 24th AU summit, which is ‘2015, year of women empowerment and development in Africa towards agenda 2063’, suggests that there was no time to relax for him and his administration.
And President Lungu has stressed that integrating with regional economic groupings and countries was important for accelerating economic and social development in the country.
He noted that Zambia will therefore continue to cooperate with regional groupings such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other bodies towards development.
While at the summit, the President held closed door meetings and bilateral talks with leaders of different countries and groupings.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has urged media heads in Zambia to run their institutions as a business in order to redeem them from financial difficulties.
He said although there was bureaucracy in government media institutions, public institutions such as the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Zambia Daily Mail and the Times of Zambia should isolate themselves from bureaucratic procedures.
He pointed out that by isolating themselves from bureaucracy and by having good managers, public media institutions will run as viable business minded companies.
The President also urged the media to be innovative by exploring new business ideas that would enhance their operations and profitability.
“For me, I will let the media run as businesses to try and improve,” he said in answering a question on what his administration will do to address financial difficulties which public media institutions in Zambia were faced with.
President Lungu has also urged journalists to use palatable language when talking to their sources so that they do not become hostile.
“Let us be temperate when talking to other people as media. Let us use sober language,” he advised.