Visiting King Mswati of the Kingdom of Swaziland has paid tribute to former Heads of State for Zambia’s political and economic success.
King Mswati says no country can succeed without political will and a strong economy including the full participation of its people.
He says Zambia has achieved a milestone which guarantees and qualifies the 51st independence celebrations of peace and stability.
The Swazi King was speaking at Heroes Stadium to mark Zambia’s 51 independence anniversary.
He further congratulated Zambia’s Sixth President, Edgar Lungu, for assuming Presidency early this year and the confidence that the Zambian people had bestowed to govern them to prosperity.
He also thanked the people for their sacrifice and Zambia for her contribution to the liberation of the whole continent.
He stressed that trade between Swaziland and Zambia could be strengthened by the trade agreements that are in place in SADC and COMESA regions as the two regional blocks look forward to the conclusion of the continental free trade area that would open up more markets for goods and services.
The King said Africa has set herself important goals through the Vision 2063 agenda that seeks to address the social challenges countries in Africa were facing.
He said the Kingdom of Eswatini is committed to the initiatives as they address development challenges of the continent.
The King disclosed that Swaziland has embarked on a similar aspiration of attaining a developed status by 2022, which this vision has been embraced by all Swazi nationals.
King Mswati, who arrived in the country yesterday to grace Zambia’s 51st Independence Anniversary, said he was in Zambia to cement bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Swaziland and Zambia and also to explore investment opportunities.
And President Edgar Lungu disclosed that he has received a lot of messages of goodwill and congratulatory independence anniversary messages from other leaders across the world.
Mr Lungu said there is no doubt that the Zambian people have embraced and welcomed this year’s 51 anniversary commemorations country-wide.
He said Zambia has continued to spearhead peace, unity and sustainable development as well as inclusiveness since the era of colonialism.
President Lungu, First Lady Esther, Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Senior government and PF officials were among thousands of people who attended the celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Heroes Stadium was a hive of entertainment with performances from cultural dance troupes, the PF choir, defense and security choir and the Zambia National Service troops that entertained King Mswati and his delegation that comprised the First Lady Inkhusi Kati Lafogiyane, Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister, Chief Mgwangwa Gamedze, senior Prince Tjekedi and other princes and princess among others.
There was fly pasts performed by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF).
First Lady Esther Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina, First Republican president, Kenneth Kaunda, Cabinet ministers, freedom fighters, opposition leaders, traditional leaders, National Assembly Speaker, Patrick Matibini, Acting Chief Justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa, Lusaka Mayor, George Nyendwa, diplomats and senior government officials from the two governments followed the proceedings at Heroes Stadium.