The German Embassy in Lusaka has released a statement on the visit to Zambia of the President of the German parliament Dr. Norbert Lammert. According to the statement, Dr. Lammert with had bilateral political meeting with Vice President Inonge Wina, with the Speaker of Parliament, Patrick Matibini, and with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.
Below is the full statement
President of the German Parliament visited Lusaka
The President of the German Parliament (“Bundestag”) Dr. Norbert Lammert paid a three day visit to Lusaka to participate in the 134 th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly. In addition to the IPU Conference program President Lammert had bilateral political meeting with Her Honor The Vice President Madam Inoge Wina, with the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Patrick Matibini, and with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema. Dr. Lammert and his delegation also got-together with leaders of Zambian churches and non-governmental organizations.
For President Lammert and his delegation it was the first visit to Zambia ever.
President Lammert’s political talks focused on the current political, social and economic situation in Zambia and on the long standing German-Zambian development cooperation agenda. Among the issues discussed were the energy and budget crisis, as well as governance and human rights issues such as freedom of speech and assembly and the increase of political violence in Zambia.
Interlocutors shared the hope that the upcoming tripartite elections will be free, fair, peaceful and transparent, and provide a level playing field for all stakeholders. President Lammert also expressed Germany’s confidence that Zambia had sufficient assets to overcome the current economic challenges provided that the country swiftly embarked on coherent and substantive reforms – “walk the talk”, as President Lungu put it.
In addition, President Lammert commended Zambia for its long term generosity and hospitality for having provided a safe haven for hundred and thousands of refugees from its neighboring countries. He also shared with his Zambian interlocutors Germany’s wish that Zambia, given the country’s historic achievements in terms of democratic transfers of power, internal stability and freedom of religion, might play an even more active role in the international fora thus lending a more audible African voice to the many efforts to further promote democracy, rule of law and human rights around the globe.