President Edgar Chagwa Lungu join Traditional dancers upon arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu join Traditional dancers upon arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government extra ordinary summit on industrialisation which opens tomorrow.

President Lungu’s aircraft touched down at Harare International Airport at 15:10 hours.The President is accompanied by First Lady Esther, his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda and Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizer Zulu.He was welcomed at the Airport by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his Transport counterpart Obert Mpofu.

Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Deputy Minister of Finance Christopher Mvunga and Zambia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ndiyoyi Mutiti also welcomed Mr. Lungu at the airport.
President Lungu is later today expected to separately hold bilateral talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and the President of Namibia Hage Geingob.

Tomorrow, President Lungu will join other heads of state and government at the SADC extra ordinary summit whose theme is “Regional strategy and roadmap for industrialisation”.The President will on Thursday travel to Bulawayo to officially open the 56th Zimbabwe international trade fair before returning to Lusaka the same day.

The summit will discuss strategies and the roadmap for the industrialisation of the region.

The SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap come in the aftermath of the 34th SADC ordinary summit which was held in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls town in August 2014 under theme, “SADC strategy for economic transformation, leveraging the region’s diverse resources for sustainable and social development through beneficiation and value addition”.

The SADC member states have realised that they were endowed with a lot of natural resources where raw materials are gotten hence the need to establish industries that will process these materials into finished products in order to further enhance trade and economic development in the region.

Yesterday, Mr. Kalaba, Commerce Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe and Mr. Mvunga attended the Council of Ministers which prepared the agenda for the extra-ordinary heads of state and government summit set for tomorrow.President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is the current chairperson of SADC which has 14 members.These members are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique.Others are Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu share alight moment   with Zimbabwe minister of foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu share alight moment with Zimbabwe minister of foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu join Traditional dancers upon arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu join Traditional dancers upon arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu  being welcomed by Zimbabwe  minister of Transport  Obert Mpofu (r)  as  Zimbabwe Foreign foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi  and  First  Lady Esther Lungu looks on  on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu being welcomed by Zimbabwe minister of Transport Obert Mpofu (r) as Zimbabwe Foreign foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and First Lady Esther Lungu looks on on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Edgar Lungu being decorated on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMS
President Edgar Lungu being decorated on arrival at Harare International Airport for SADC Summit on April 28,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMS
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42 COMMENTS

  1. Are there no money lenders in this part of the world we borrow? we wnat to borrow more and more for HH to come and pay back.

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    • On a serious note, stop dressing up little girls as brides and sending them to put flowers on grown men.

      Its perverted and contributes to marginalization of women. You are grooming girls to grow with a server mentality for men.

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    • kekekekeke,,,,,,your lungu has started drinking again…lifting up hands like that na dance pa top on monday,,, awe shuwa,,,,

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    • @Nubian Princess…it seems like it hurts you more knowing that HH is alive and well, making money on top of all the other good things that go for him. Thats why you always have to mention his name and then try and bring in feminist shots here and there.
      The only person hurting is you, i would rather hurt with a nice balance in the bank.

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    • @cycle mata, Lungu is president, the caretaker right now. Its good you know that HH is going to pay back the loans, because he is going to make more money for this great nation Zambia. We will pay back the monies owed.

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    • He can afford to dance knowing that the cartel is kicking the last kicks of a dying horse…..Membe covered Chimba’s camera to stop him from filming him…..check the video on Zambia Reports. Rainbow Party members nearly descended on Chimba.

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    • Dancing and borrowing these two goes together. If you find a man dancing his lungs out in a club, just know he has borrowed money for his drinks.

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  2. Easterners are fond of travel, the Bemba call this ukululumba or ichiyeyeye. Am reminded of one RB, aka Kamwedo- Munjila. The solution to Zambias ailments are right here in Zambia. No amount of foreign trips and aid will change anything; tough love

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  3. Dance style kwati yamu Tavern sure ba President. He feels more at home in the neighboring territory than our own. Nishi kashi?

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    • i was about to say the same thing. he is happiest in zimbabwe than he is in zambia. Ninshi kanshi kwena?

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  4. Hate is a luxury you cannot afford in politics!

    The day UPND cadres sober up and understand this they will quickly realise the mistake they have been making all along.

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    • Not being content with mediocrity is hatred or jealousy nor is it partisan. Good for you if you are happy with the social and economical outlook of Zambia in general. Most of the critics here are not even partisan but merely concerned with the overal future of Zambia at the going rate.
      “It’ is the duty of the patriot to defend his country from his government” Thomas Paine

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  5. Am at a loss of words to describe the calibre of leadership in Africa after reading this article. The SAD-C leaders have just realized that their respective countries are “endowed with a lot of natural resources were raw materials are gotten hence the need to establish industry that will process these materials into finished products” and that’s the reason or excuse for the summit meeting.

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  6. Ba EL too much excitement whenever he goes to Zim. Why? And is this the 6th or 7th trip to that country in less than a year?

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    • I think i know why. this man was no prepared to be president of zambia. When he is in zambia, he feels stressed, like there is no one to look up to. but when he is in zimbabwe, he feels relieved, suddenly he is under the tutorship of mugabe, he feels he is no able to leave his burdens on mugabe. he feels he has a boss who should take care of business. This man never wanted to be president, he was content with being a minister and leaving the bigger jobs to those who were presidents and not him. Mugabe offers that bosship that he so much misses and desires. No wonder, whenever he touches zimbabwe, he is relaxed and so happy. It is like the relief felt by the eldest child in a family who has had to take of his/her siblings when the parents were away, when the parents finally come home.

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  7. busy travelling and dancing while the monkies he left in the maize field back home are having a field day looting aided by the zesco blackouts.

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  8. This is one of his accountabilities i.e. to represent the country at such fora. He has put life into the presidency because for three years we were subjected to a lot of misinformation about the whereabouts of the then president. He was not my preferred candidate but I am slowly beginning to warm up to him. As a leader one should realise that you cannot please everybody no matter how hard you try – it is about giving it your best shot regardless of what people say. You may not like him but he is your president all the same.

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    • Jay Jay, you are a very smart young man, please spend your time more productively and in a positive mind set than letting your negative emotions out in these non productive shallow blogs. I realize you feel let down and frustrated by these stupid clueless leaders with too much zeal but zero knowledge on how to move an impoverished country from poverty to atleast a middle income economy. One thing I can say is that EL and Mwanawasa may turn out to be the best among the worst we have had in zambia. Sata was the most stupid, I dont even know how to grade him. EL has some potential, especially taking over from Sata, but he has poverty of thought so we dont expect any original ideas just copy cuts. HH would have done wonders,but our country is full of impoverised voters

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  9. The biggest problem i have is those who by virtue of livning abroad think have become intelligent and can offer solutions. Far from it. Many who are abroad left after failing to compete for resources available locally because may have been below par or did not have right mix of requirements for the job. Now they claim to be this and that bla bla etc.
    We have had returnees who have lamentably failed even to write a business strategy. some have ended up forming companies within a company to quickly swindle the parent company and are in court.
    So please save us the time and come home and compete for jobs available or come and form companies so that citizens can be employed. But talk on online that you are this you have this is nonsense.

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    • We left because we won’t thrive in a corrupt environment, We have the right to comment and express our opinions, we are living in and experiencing the best real democracies, developments and wish our birth country and its leader would be as democratic and progressive minded. You might be doing fine economically because you are either a beneficiary of corruption, a party cadre or related to some corrupt person. And yes you might be content with mediocrity due to luck of exposure. We are within our democratic right to speak out and who would risk their lives by coming back to speak against ruthless “panga” regimes. Just like your peers, you hate freedom of speech and call it ” the biggest problem”.let them say, let the talk.

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    • What are you talking about. This is the mediocrity we distanced ourselves from. What competition are you talking about. In Zambia its who you know to get even a simple job. There is no merit at all apart from corruption and nepotism. Its here where we compete with advanced people on merit to get jobs unlike you. That’s why you are failing to develop the country. 50 years of independence and you can’t even produce a descent toilet roll. Shame on you. You just have to look at the calibre of your leadership which is a reflection of yourself. You cannot compare your life to what we have and achieved here. Given an opportunity to come here you wouldn’t even hesitate. Come and see for yourself i.e. if you can get a visa and afford the fare.

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  10. There goes your president. My people who accompanied him on the plane told me that he was drinking throughout his plane journey.

    What a mad president we have. Its an embarrassment to have such a person in our offices. Please next year vote wisely. But we can still put Lungu to be the leader of dangerous drunkards and womanizers.

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  11. Being abroad is one’s choice not that we ran away from any thing we have very good high paying jobs and a good life for us and our kids do not be cheated.

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  12. In my opinion, the only discussion to hold with Mugabe entails tyranny and one man rule. How on earth can one man hold a country ransom ( like a family set-up) that citizens cannot distinguish favours from rights? Ruling a country for about 30 yrs in Africa in the 21st century is firsthand dictatorship. Zimbabwe will never be free as long as Mugabe is alive as he cannot allow anybody to rule and unearth his ills and take him to court. Tsvangirai is living testimony. His presidential attempts have been met with hostility. God bless Africa.

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  13. ….FTJ had banned alcoholic beverages on presidential challenger….when was this ban lifted…??

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  14. Drunkards are the ones fond of dancing with little children.

    In Compounds, Kachasu drunkards stagger as they walk from a spree in broad daylight, followed by small children dancing to their songs, falling & rolling in the dust.

    I don’t see Mugabe, Dos Santos, Kagame, Museveni etc. ever dancing to small girls.

    Zambia urgently needs a statesman!!!

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  15. When did dancing become illegal? When did attending a regional head of state summit become a waste of resources? The same mouths condemned Sata for placing Zambia in virtual isolation and now that EL is re-integrating Zambia into global politics it has become a bad thing….if you have run out of issues to criticize EL on just keep quiet…wisdom demands it.

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