President Edgar Lungu with Northern Province Minister, Freedom Sikazwe on arrival at Samora Machel Airbase from Uganda when the president made a stop over in Mbala on his way to Mwansabombwe
FILE: resident Edgar Lungu with Northern Province Minister, Freedom Sikazwe on arrival at Samora Machel Airbase from Uganda when the president made a stop over in Mbala on his way to Mwansabombwe

President Edgar Lungu will tomorrow be among Heads of State that will attend the inauguration of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
While in Uganda, President Lungu will also engage President Museveni in trade talks under the Comesa Region umbrella and trade structures.
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba revealed this in a statement.

Mr Kalaba said Zambia seeks to deepen economic diplomacy with Uganda as it recognizes the need to understand new topics in international trade and new forums of economic diplomacy as envisaged by trade groupings like Comesa to which both Zambia and Uganda belong.

“In recent years, the Comesa Region has continued to achieve growth rates of around 5%, well above the world average of around 2%. The region, however, still relies heavily on the production of primary products such as tobacco and groundnuts with big investments of capital intensive extractive industries concentrated only in a few countries,” Mr Kalaba said.

Mr Kalaba said there is a strong need and opportunity for the Region to embark on a wider diversification from production of primary products to non-primary and preferably processed products if the Region is to realise continued upward growth trends.

“Such diversification will lead to job creation, partly solving the unemployment problem that the region experiences. Thus our President’s talks with his colleague in Uganda will seek to draw sharp focus on ways in which our two countries can derive maximum benefit from the Comesa Region trade structures and further enhance our unique comparative advantages so as to create jobs for our two peoples.”

Meanwhile, President Lungu is also scheduled to undertake a State Visit to Saudi Arabia on 16th May 2016.

The trip is at the invitation of His Majesty King Sulman Bin Abdullaziz Al Saudi and Custodian of the two Most Holy Mosques of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to explore trade links with that Kingdom and open the Middle East corridor which has remained largely unexplored.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. Now we will bring takifiri islam to zambia all because of need for election money. Cryy beloved country

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    • Ballot papers hear we come in Dubai ! First stop over in Uganda and ask how it worked and then see the supplier. The bandits in PF on the move now , Internet is everywhere the Zambia people will know.

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    • People listen from VJ, Uganda got ballot papers from Saudi Arabia.
      Edgar, not all Zambians are dyiots.

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    • We are ruled by a Muslim although we call ourselves Christian nation. Using the name of God IN VAIN. All Christian, WAKE UP, lets defend the our Christian faith by removing this Muslim related president through voting.

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    • @ Nostradamus,
      Ballot papers for the February 18 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections were printed in South Africa. Check your facts!

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  2. Hahaha, there goes the ballot paper tender and rigging strategy. Saud, there we come!Only God will rescue the faithful

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  3. Wasting tax payers money.instead of sorting out social n economic issues.vote for pf is like buying a car AS IT IS,BUYER RISKS,seller not responsible .

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  4. Tomorrow HH will also start putting on that hat. He thinks he can only win by doing what those who have won do.

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  5. Going to get some advice from Museveni on how to rig elections.

    Next stop Zimbabwe to ask Mugabe for help.

    When is this useless drunkard going to do something for the People of Zambia?

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  6. go well my beloved president we are behind u…these upnd cadres will owes complain but we as zambians if they think they can put us in chaos jst bcoz of HH to be in state house…badala ur jocking and if u think attacking the police will be how u will cause chaos wait and see we will show u how its done…..last year u wea so embarrassed in yo so called stronghold when ballot papers where printed in SA and wat did u find……NOTHING……let ECZ do their job without any interference, if ECZ is a corrupt institution as u wud want to portray it then PF shud not have been in govt today coz Rupia and MMD had the money to buy them……please fellow zambians one tribal grouping can not keep threatening the whole country……….#ECL GO WELL MY PRESIDENT……

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    • Check LT’s story on Former ECZ Deputy Director convicted over $90,000 bribe

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    • Why Saudi Arabia? Only two possibilities. Either Oil Contracts (on credit) or Haj?

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  7. Ka drunkard should go for good to Saudi Arabia na ka leta sana insala mu Zambia.swine.

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  8. Misplaced priorities & money wasted again. Is it necessary to go to Uganda to attend inauguration ceremony when for his January 2015 inauguration ceremony its only Zimbabwean President Mugabe who came. Do our leaders in Zambia have anything to do? What value will this bring to Zambia? Instead of him sending the High commissioner as RSA, Namibia, Angola, Botswana & others do or Kalaba, they both go. If it was Zimbabwe I would agree since Mugabe is always with us. This money being wasted is needed to pay contractors, suppliers & pensioners.

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  9. ECL is going to meet Museveni and get the finer details of how elections were rigged successfully in Uganda. Operatives from Uganda and Zimbabwe are busy working in Zambia to successfully rig the elections in favour of ECL and PF. That is why ECZ has been directed to print extra and pre-marked ballot papers in Dubai. The ballot papers to be printed in Dubai by Al Ghurair will be for Presidential ballot papers. All political parties must reject the printing of ballot papers in Dubai at all costs. Rigging will also be done thru the manipulation of the voters roll especially in perceived strongholds of the opposition. Names of voters will be deleted from voters roll to disenfranchise voters in Urban areas as well as in the South,Central and Western Provinces of the country. Distribution of…

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    • All he is thinking in the photo in his void head is “looking at me I am Lungu wearing a cool hat” “I am the President of Zambia; look at my suit its expensive”

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  10. Correct me if I am wrong but when Parliament is dissolved. There is no president. Why is holding on to office?? And what is he going to do in Saudi Arabia. This man wants to bring chaos in this country. Lungu do not temper with the ballot papers or try anything that is against the Zambian people’s will

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    • @Wise Commentator, Please the Zambian constitution, we will avoid unnecessary debates and use our time to analyse efforts towards developmental issues. For your sake:
      106. (1) The term of office for a President is five years which
      shall run concurrently with the term of Parliament, except that the
      term of office of President shall expire when the President-elect
      assumes office in accordance with Article 105.

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    • @Wise Commentator, it looks like you and me are in the same camp, sympathisers of opposition. I wish to correct you when you say there is no president when parliament is dissolved. The president remains in office after dissolution of parliament because he is not a member of Parliament.

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  11. It is unbelievable that the Ugandan despot is still hanging on to power with no intention of ever stepping down whatsoever.
    If Lungu frequents his visits to Uganda he will turn out to be worse than Museveni, already he has adopted the wearing of those silly hats, who knows what next.
    The visit to Saudi Arabia is to put final touches to ensure the success of the rigging process. Zambians are ready to meet all crookedness head on. Enough is enough.

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  12. My question why going to saundi Arabia now near to Dubai and Uganda where the ballot papers from Dubai were used?
    I smell a rat here and why going to countries with poor human righst records?
    Zambians we have only one country.Let us avoid tribalism and regionalism as we vote on 11th August

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  13. At least in Uganda, Yoweri will show you how to play the dirty game and introduce you to the real election riggers. Saudi Arabia things are bad and the King is panicking which direction to take. So any unsuspecting poor country is needed to be used for their benefits. The monarch should be dealt with a lot of caution. Safe trip Mr president and remember to ask some money for campaigns too!

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  14. Keep on dreaming ECL will finish his two terms in office. May God Almighty be with him…

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  15. Comment: boss napapata mwiyako ku Saudi Arabia pantu pepi sana ne Dubai nomba fyaleta fyakulandalanda.
    Abantu njikalanawo nambaya kale fyakulandalanda.

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  16. There goes the Lazy Bum Edgar to consult M7…then connect via Dubia Printing to recieve his kickback. Can some please what this lazy bum did in the past 4 weeks apart from touring!!

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  17. Comment: Boss kindly stay away from middle east state visit. This will bring a lot talk. Beat them clean without suspicion.

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  18. When is parliament dissolving? He can not use tax payers money to suid Arabia

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  19. Bad leaders always think of imposing themselves on people. Only family members vote for such leaders. Ecl has no numbers to win the coming election besides rigging.

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  20. God bless EL! In 2015 tu upnd refused south African printers. They even were impounding all south African in coming trucks. Now the EC has opted to go far. Even that is not good enuf. What do u perpetual losers want? Mwanya mukalalusafye lyonse

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    • @comrade Wilz well said! Ichimwela boyi, let’s keep the momentum on…for peace and development in Zambia..bonse pamo PAMAKA…PABWAATOOOOOO!!!!

      #HungryHyena(HH)MustFallForThe5thTime

      2016 ECL nafuti

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  21. What a coincidence these 2 visits and the choice of destinations? Talk about being insensitive to people’s feelings. At the time when both Uganda and Saudi Arabia are at the centre of electoral controversy with regards to printing of ballot papers, Mr Lungu announces that is his destination. Man do the advisors really think through what they do or there is indeed something suspicious here?

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  22. A president after the order of M-7…. I can see the big black hat as opposed to a big heart.

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  23. @Makasa! Its not just Tongas who are in opposition or should I say it is not only UPND in opposition. Not everyone is a tribalist like yourself, so don’t say ‘we’ say ‘I’! It is not everybody who is in support of the madness in PF! Some of us are way above cadreism! We look at issues with objective minds.

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  24. If indeed rigging exist, i would like pf to do it. so that many haters and devil worshippers from satanic party UPND can go and hang themselves after being left with no single seat in parliament.please pf you should even rig those seats from cowthern province.

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  25. Wrong priorities, wrong timing, wrong advice. Unless of course its for the reason we suspect. At a time when the elections are around the corner, you go visiting two of the most undemocratic countries in the world!

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  26. Another proposed amendment to the animal constitution of Zambia, when parliament is dissolved the president shall not move outside the country, shall not engage in any contract on behalf of the country, shall have limited access to the treasury only on issues bordering on security and can can not hire or fire any government employee. This will bring sanity to the elections.

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  27. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS INDEED! ZAMBIA BE READY FOR THE WORST HISTORY SINCE 1964. 11TH AUGUST, 2016 IS ZAMBIA’S CROSSROADS. IF LUNGU IS NOT STOPPED AT ALL COSTS THE EVIL PLANS WILL TURN ZAMBIA INTO THE WORST SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRY FROM THE FAMOUS PEACE LOVING COUNTRY. WE TOLD YOU BEFORE THE DANGER OF HAVING A HALF ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT AND MUSLIM FOR THAT MATTER! SEE WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST, 2016. HE HAS TOLD HIS MINISTERS “NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE WINNING BY RIGGING SO STAY IN OFFICE JUST AS I DO”. THE UGANDA -ARABIA TRIP IS ALSO FOR THEM TO PREPARE A HIDING PLACE FOR ALL OF THEM SHOULD THEY LOSE WHICH THEY WILL. IN FACT, SOME OF THEIR CHILDREN ARE ALREADY HIDING ABROAD. MY SIMPLE ADVICE TO ZAMBIANS IS, THIS THE TIME TO DARE MEET THE DEVIL HEADON ON YOUR KNEES LIKE NEVER BEFORE,…

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  28. Why are UPND supporters always talking about violence? Kaunda lost in 1991 and left. Chiluba tried a 3 term and was defeated. Banda lost (close) and left. Maybe HH knows really cant win an election and his last resort now is violence. I believe the ECZ is independent and it is the reason why Sata appointed the current chief justice because she proved that the ECZ was independent

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  29. One more thing, he looks very s.t.u.p.i.d in that hat! even topcat the cartoon looks smarter than him.

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  30. I have just been reading the Daily Monitor newspaper of Uganda where our President is attending the inauguration of Mr Yoweri Museveni. Mr Lungu annoyed the Ugandans when he urged them to support Mr Museveni because he had won the elections. One blogger by the name of Enos Lukorito had this to say about Lungu, “Looks like just another living organism with mouth disconnected from the brains”. There you are Lungu, it is not only the opposition in Zambia who see ineptness in you, it is the whole world. God, Mr President has blessed you with the height but certainly not the intelligence.

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