United States of America Under Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield has congratulated President Edgar Lungu on his re-election, saying his second tenure in office is a clear manifestation of the Zambian people on his leadership.
She noted that although there were some flaws in the electoral process, President Lungu was duly elected and he is a legitimate president whom the US government recognizes.
“President Lungu you have been inaugurated and you are the President of Zambia known within and internationally,” said Ms Greenfield.
Speaking during a closed door meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York yesterday, the US Under Secretary of State for African Affairs said her government recognises President Lungu’s re-election and advised him to promote political dialogue as Zambia’s Head of State.
She however warned that the US government would not tolerate violence and political instability saying those that will found wanting will be held accountable for their deeds.
The US envoy said the US government has been keenly following the democratic trends in Zambia and that her government will continue to work with the Zambia government to foster development.
Ms Greenfield pointed out that the Zambian military personnel in peace keeping missions abroad were the
best the US has worked with as they have shown exemplary behaviour during trainings and other military engagements.
The US Under Secretary has since pledged her country’s continued financial support for Zambian military training and increase the number of personnel in various trainings.
She cited the Mandela-Washington fellowship programme as one of the programmes many Zambians have benefited from and more others will be engaged in.
And President Edgar Lungu commended the United States government for its continued commitment to Africa. Mr. Lungu has since assured Ms Greenfield that his administration will continue to promote democratic principles to in order to move the country forward.
He further told her that his government has in this vain given back media operating licenses that were suspended to some broadcasting houses due to unprofessional conduct which he said threatened the unity and security of the nation.
Recently , the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) announced that it has lifted its ban on the broadcasting licences on two community broadcasting houses.
IBA Chairman Justin Mutale, the IBA board chairperson , said the move followed the three Stations’ adherence to the operating licences they were earlier issued.
The three are the Itezhi Tezhi Community Radio Station and Muvi TV, respectively.
President Lungu also disclosed government will now embark on measures to improve the economic status of the country.
He explained that some of the measures his government will take includes cutting un necessary subsidies on fuel and electricity which he said will bring hardships in the beginning but will help improve the economic status of the nation in the long run.
This is contained in a statement from the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.