President Lungu
President Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says the decision by the African Union to accept Zambia’s offer to host the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOCC) secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia, is an extremely positive turning point in the unfolding tapestry of Africa’s rich and positive history.

Speaking in Addis Ababa today during a closed door meeting during the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU on Zambia’s bid to host the ECOSOCC secretariat of the AU in Lusaka, Zambia, President Lungu said on behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, he acknowledges the commendable efforts of the AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and her team, including the office of the Secretary General, the Office of the Legal Counsel and the Citizens and Diaspora Organisations Directorate ( CIDO), for the pivotal role they played throughout the consultative stages leading to the decision.

President Lungu said the positive response from the AU membership is a clear manifestation of the trust and confidence the excellences have in the people of Zambia, saying the move simply confirms the Pan-African spirit that unites Africa into a One Africa.

He assured the AU Chairperson that his government will continue to work closely with the AU Commission to conclude the mandatory processes necessary to ensure an efficient and smooth transfer of the ECOSOCC Secretariat to Lusaka.

“Members will be pleased to note, Mr Chairperson, that appropriate accommodation, albeit transitory, has already been secured near the Central Business District (CBD) of the capital, Lusaka,” said President Lungu.

President Lungu further disclosed that a ten-acre plot near the upcoming and modern suburb area adjacent to the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport has been provided.

He said the government projects that in the not-so-distant future, plans for the construction works for the secretariat’s permanent state-of -the art complex will have been concluded.

The President said he has the title deed for the Secretariat of the ECOSOCC, which he said is a gift from the people of Zambia, adding that the title deed will be presented accordingly, through the normal diplomatic channel.

The Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU this week granted Zambia a bid to host ECOSOCC in Lusaka, Zambia.

The hosting of the ECOSOCC will have greater benefits for the country, especially in the areas of tourism.

The move will also create more jobs for Zambians as many Non-Governmental Organisations will begin to set up offices in Lusaka for easy communication and collaboration with ECOSOCC.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies, and gibberish. Over the centuries, these stories were embroidered, garbled, mutilated, and torn into small pieces that were then repeatedly shuffled. Finally, this material was badly translated into several languages successively. The resultant text, creationists feel, is the best guide to this complex and technical subject.

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  2. “Organized religion is like organized crime; it preys on peoples’ weaknesses, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate.”

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  3. “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.”

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  4. “Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever until the end of time…but he loves you.”
    ……….George Carlin

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  5. “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
    ……….Gene Roddenberry

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  6. Ex Believer: To what end is your effort leading you to. You seem to be troubled and restless. Why fight something you believe does not exist?

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  7. E x Believer you sound like one disappointed in life by a church or a member of the Church. The church belongs to God and he wants to direct it. Shame to say many times we don’t listen from God so we do it our way. Shame still, those who claim to hear him do it for personal gain. My final word, regardless human short fall, we are called to serve God and worship him

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    • My sentiments exactly ba Edward. The world is replete with hypocrites and self righteous people and the church unfortunately does not have a shortage of them. One needs to understand what Jesus refers to as the church,,,, it is your body, spirit. This is where God dwells, not somewhere in a cloud. You should nourish it with faith and fellowship with your brethren and not with the institutional buildings and rules which are in most instances found to be self serving with human failings it has always been like this from the time of the Pharisees. That is no reason to allow your faith to diminish.

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  8. this is good news coming to GRZ will boast image of the country and bring in more busy for hotels etc. and that lovely expat money

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