President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to attend the 28th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit for Heads of State and government which started on January 22, and ends on 31 January, 2017.
The Presidential challenger jet touched down at about 16:20 local time yesterday in Ethiopia at Bole International Airport.
ZANIS reports that the President was received by Zambian Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda and Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima and other senior government officials and members of staff at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia.
Others were Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Ethiopia Professor Fekadu Beyene and State Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Akiliu Hailemichael
The President is accompanied by Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda and Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu.
A tight schedule awaits the President who is expected to chair a working breakfast meeting on the implementation of ending child marriages.
The meeting will be attended by all member states of the AU and it is from this meeting that the President will be groomed as the African champion in the fight against child marriages.
President Lungu is also expected to witness the official launch of the African Center for Disease Control.
The AU has agreed to set up five regional centers in Africa and Zambia has been chosen to host the regional center for Southern Africa which will be based in Ndola.
The Head of State is also expected to hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from Egypt Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, Malawi’s Professor Peter Mutharika, and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn.
He is also expected to meet with the newly appointed United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres among others.
President Lungu is also expected to attend the African Peer Review Mechanism of heads of state and government and will also be among other heads of state who will be discussing the state of peace and security on the continent.
Zambia is set to benefit from the AU summit taking place in Addis Ababa through different bilateral talks and platforms.
The theme for this year’s AU summit is being held under the theme: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth.
Why fists in last picture? Am ready, posa nga uli mwaume.
AU is recognising Lungu on what basis? Lungu was illegally and unconstitutionally inaugurated and should be de-recognised by AU and all those who believe in Constitutional Democracy. Lungu disregarded the Zambian Electoral Code of Conduct and the Constitution. To make matters worse Lungu is using his illegal Executive Powers to block the Petition Hearing. The AU has recognized President Adama Barrow of Gambia not only becoz he was declared the Election Winner but becoz he was inaugurated legally and Constitutionally. Yes Barrow was inaugurated in the Gambian Embassy in Senegal. That is perfectly legal becoz that Embassy is legally an extension of Gambian Territory. AU and SADC should emulate Ecowas and enforce the Petition Hearing in Zambia so that the Will of the Zambian People is…
The Gambia Election Dispute is on Top of the AU Agenda. AU Peace and Security Council,Ecowas,UN etc have already recognized President Adama Barrow of Gambia. What is SADC’s position on this matter? South Africa,Botswana and Tanzania who are members of SADC have already recognized Adama Barrow as the duly elected President of Gambia. Will SADC condone this decision? What will illegitimate Lungu do? If Lungu recognises President Barrow on what basis will he do it? If Lungu says that Barrow was declared the President Elect and was legally and Constitutionally inaugurated then Member Countries will ask whether he was legally and Constitutionally inaugurated in Zambia? The answer is a Big NO becoz Lungu was not legally and Constitutionally inaugurated in Zambia. Therefore Lungu is an…
Who is president of zambia when HE ECL is out of Country and so is VEEP.. the late SATA mhsrip used to appoint the acting president. Am not hearing anything these days..does anyone have answer
The vice president automatically acts as President for she is a running mate.If president Lungu dies today the vice president automatically takes up the duties of the president.
Vasco da lungu the illegal tourist president who is busy increasing his allowance by irrelevant travel while claiming to halve his salary. As they say those that constantly travel have a risk of their death being caused by the mode of transport. Hope the rat is insured
The “rat” who lives in a sewer like yourself should be the one who should be worried about getting their hind “insured”.
You are such a CHEAP INTERNET TROLL NEZ, Karma has the ‘crosshairs’ on your rotten @ssh.ole—mark my words!
Many presidents had a lot of work to do in their countries on Friday, so they could not travel to Addis Ababa on Friday. In fact many presidents see such summits as an interruption of their busy work schedules in their countries, therefore they have arrived today Saturday in Addis Ababa, and they are looking forward to travel back to their countries as soon as the summit is closed. But there is one president from the SADCC region who went early and arrived before 16:30 on friday. He will be the last to leave Addis Ababa, because he doesn’t know how he can help solve problems in his country. Recently, in the middle of office hours during the week, he left the office and went to see his personal fish ponds (he even took the minister of fisheries and other civil servants because they all…
…..the president and most ministers have nothing to do in their offices, so when a trip to go out comes, they go very quickly.
Simply look at what Trump has done in first 5 days in office…irrespective of whether you agree with him or not he has starting imprinting his vision…then we have this Lazy Thing Edgar eager to leave his office to jump on a plane with the all the ministers, the man has absolutely nothing to show for after all these years in State House apart from corruption.
You are very correct. Within a week, Trump has shown clearly the direction he wants America to go. Up to now no one knows the direction Lungu wants Zambia to take. Anyway he has no direction, no vision.
On Gambia ,Presidents Jacob Zuma of RSA, Ian Khama of Botswana and John Magufuli of Tanzania have already recognized President Adama Barrow of Gambia and congratulated Ecowas for forcing Dictator Yahya Jammeh to flee to Equatorial Guinea. When Lungu and his Dictator friends,Mugabe and Mu7 recognise the New President? Will they commend Ecowas for its decisive Action to force Jammeh out of power and force him into Exile. Does illegitimate Lungu learn anything from the Ecowas intervention to protect and uphold Constitutional Democracy in Gambia? The Petition will be heard and determined whether illegitimate Lungu likes it or not. Time will tell.
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