President Edgar Lungu and his Uganda counterpart Yoweri Museveni yesterday held a bilateral meeting at Uganda State House where the two discussed the possibility of introducing a new oil pipeline from Uganda up to Zambia’s Indeni Oil Refinery in Ndola to reduce the cost of importing the commodity from the Middle East.
The two Heads of State also discussed the possibility of Uganda opening an Embassy in Lusaka while Zambia would also open an Embassy
in Uganda next year.
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalala confirmed the development yesterday during a media briefing held at Entebbe International
Airport in Uganda shortly before President Lungu and his delegation left for Lusaka around 11:00 hours Zambian time and 12:00 hours Uganda time.
Mr Kalaba said President Lungu, who was given a military send-off by Uganda defence forces shortly before his departure for Lusaka, held a very fruitful bilateral meeting with President Museveni.
“In the bilateral we discussed the issue of the oil pipeline. As you know, Uganda is beginning to start producing oil and as Zambia and we want to take advantage of Uganda producing this oil so that we can have a pipe line ran from Uganda to Indeni Refinery in Ndola.
“That will reduce the cost of doing business in terms of the oil industry and make transactions cheaper for us in terms of fuel,” Mr Kalaba said.
He said the two Governments would put all logistics together immediately after election campaigns so that a more detailed programme
would be worked out by their technocrats from respective Ministries of Energy, National Planning and other stakeholders.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia anticipate a very productive future with Uganda given the fact that there was more that was bringing the two countries together than what was dividing the two.Mr Kalaba said the two Heads of State also discussed the issue of opening up missions for the two countries.
“Uganda is opening up an Embassy in Lusaka while Zambia too will open an Embassy in Uganda next year.
“Currently, the Zambian High Commission to Uganda and Uganda High Commission to Zambia are operating in Tanzania,” Mr Kalaba said.
During the bilateral, the two countries also discussed the possibility of Zambia becoming an observer on the Northern Corridor which
comprises of countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
The three countries have come together to have non-tariff barriers removed and they have ensured that the said countries are able to
“Zambia has been invited to be part of the Northern Corridor. After the August 11 General Elections in Zambia, we will immediately pursue this matter,” Mr Kalaba said.
He said Zambia was grateful that President Lungu was invited by Mr Museveni for the Counter Terrorism Summit.
“President Lungu has also invited by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and this is an invitation that the Head of State will take up after the Election Campaigns.
“We are hopeful that our relation with Uganda is blossoming and for us in Zambia, diplomatic credentials keep on being announced and that is good for Zambia,” Mr Kalaba said.
He was happy that President Lungu was the only leader from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries who was invited to the Summit which he described as auspicious meeting.
“We feel humbled as Zambia that President Lungu is being recognised to meetings such as these and this shows the place that Zambia has in the region and on the international scene.This was a very productive visit that President Lungu undertook to Uganda,” Mr Kalaba said.