Diplomatic Staff of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations welcome the First Lady Her Excellency Mrs Esther Lungu on arrival at New York Palace Hotel en route to Dallas Texas for High-Level meetings. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
Diplomatic Staff of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations welcome the First Lady Her Excellency Mrs Esther Lungu on arrival at New York Palace Hotel en route to Dallas Texas for High-Level meetings. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs Esther Lungu, arrived in the US on Saturday for a series of high-level meetings in Dallas Taxes and New York.

This is according to a statement released to the media by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations, Mr Chibaula D. Silwamba.

Mrs Lungu arrived in New York around 9:12 PM Saturday night and was received by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Her Excellency Ambassador Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota at JFK International Airport. The First Lady will on Sunday proceed to Dallas, where she has been invited by the George W. Bush Institute, to participate in high-profile engagements with other First Ladies focusing on women empowerment, health, technology and other sectors.

Mrs Lungu will participate in the meetings alongside US First Lady Her Excellency Mrs Michelle Obama and former First Lady Her Excellency Mrs Laura Bush. Mrs Obama and Mrs Bush will jointly moderate an interactive discussion on Tuesday.

Mrs Lungu is registered to speak at the Invest in Women, a discussion to be moderated by Mrs. Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and founder of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, at the Bush Center Auditorium. Other speakers at the event will include Intel Corporation corporate affairs vice president Shelly Esque, founder and CEO of ARZU Project Hope Connie Duckworth and Opportunity International Global CEO Vicki Escarra.

She will also attend the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and public private partnership panel meeting where former US President His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush will make remarks. Other meetings Mrs Lungu participate in will include the First Ladies Roundtable on improving maternal and child health in Africa, and the technology and innovative training focusing on Facebook and Google best practices.

Mr and Mrs Bush will host a dinner for the first ladies.

On return to New York, Mrs Lungu will participate in a series of meetings including those on the Women and the New Sustainable Development Agenda (25th September), Forum of African First Ladies Against Cervical Cancer (27th September), Organisation of African First ladies against HIV/AIDS (28th September), reception hosted by UN Secretary General’s wife Her Excellency Mrs Ban Son-taek (29 September) and the First Ladies Technical Advisors Fellowship (1st October) on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Since assuming office on January 25 this year, Mrs Lungu has received accolades for leading various initiatives to promote the empowerment of women, girls, the disabled and other needy people, as well as lobbying for public and private sector-led provision of health and social support to communities across Zambia.

The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia Her Excellency Mrs Esther Lungu on arrival at New York Palace Hotel en route to Dallas Texas for High-Level meetings. Here, the Executive Director of Policy and Monitoring Research Centre (PMRC) Bernadette Deka welcoming Mrs Lungu. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia Her Excellency Mrs Esther Lungu on arrival at New York Palace Hotel in New York en route to Dallas Texas for High-Level meetings in USA. Here, the Executive Director of Policy and Monitoring Research Centre (PMRC) Bernadette Deka welcoming Mrs Lungu. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
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11 COMMENTS

  1. what high level meetings in Texas? nothing personal but please send people that an clearly articulate the issues to be discussed, can Mrs Lungu clearly and eloquently discuss these issues, only in Zambia with no pride.

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    • This is beyond Mrs Lungu, the woman should be sent to villages not meetings like this one.

      No offence, she is not that educated and she is very shollow

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    • @ Really,
      God forbid, jealous and bitterness are cancerous eating away your bones and marrows. What complex issues in these high level discussions an educated woman like her cannot comprehend digest? A lot of you envious reactionaries with defeatist mindset need to reset yourselves and start believing you can engage anyone at any level and anything core to your society. I will call contacts, children, Grand Children and Great Grand children there in the US to whole heartedly lender support to our First lady’s mission whilst in the USA. Her services are noble let her receive as much connection and support to sustain her works in Zambia.

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    • Really and Senze you must be women. Your jealousy is shining through. It is not Mrs Lungu’s fault your husband’s do not have that Presidential dive. She is a wise woman with logistical people. Her Daughter Tasila is also well versed and traveled Hate not for you might just get humbled.

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  2. at senior citizen and nzelu, you obviously miss the point, like it or not, the lady is not articulate or conversant enough to address these issues. unfortunately, it is people like you with the type of mentality you are displaying that does not help us as a country. This is not an issue of jealousy or not and fyi, there is nothing to be envious about when she took the man from someone else – do your research.

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    • @ London Eye- Interestingly the First Lady of the United States is not even on The White House’s Precedence List … she has no official standing herself: She is not an official since, she was not elected.
      And while the wife of a President is described as The First Lady … there is no official form of address. She is addressed as “Mrs. Obama.” Yes, you hear newscasters saying “First Lady Michele Obama” … but that’s not a form of address … its’ a newscaster using a shorthand to refer to her in the third person. So First Lady Esther Lungu will remain Mrs Esther Lungu!

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  3. Congratulations our mother. For sure you will learn and advise appropriately when you come back. Seeing is believing we can also develop to the standard you will see in the USA. All we need is the zeal, determination and accountable.

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  4. And so go the zealots….incredible!!!

    And I am off to further my tax planning to reduce the K1.8 million tax bill I have seen yearly increase for the benefit of one PF over spending govt!!

    ZRA tax Ester’s allowances for what I will AVOID ( tax avoidance is legal)

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