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Africa should learn from Zambia’s democracy-Ethiopian Prime Minister

General News Africa should learn from Zambia’s democracy-Ethiopian Prime Minister

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn laying a wreath at the grave  of Zambia's third late republican President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa at Embassy Park in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ ZANIS.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn laying a wreath at the grave of Zambia’s third late republican President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa at Embassy Park in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ ZANIS.

Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn says Africa should learn from Zambia’s democracy.

Mr Desalegn says the smooth transfer of power by the five presidents Zambia has had is evidence that Zambia’s democracy has grown.

He has also noted the respect that Zambians have for their elected leaders.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister who is in the country on a three day state visit was speaking to journalists after laying wreaths at the presidential burial site in Lusaka.

Meanwhile Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Workineh Gebeyehu says there is need for Zambia and Ethiopia to work together in coming out of their economic challenges.

Dr. Gebeyehu has noted that the economies of the two countries are both under immense pressure due to some external factors.

He points out that the growing trade imbalances, fluctuating currencies, shrinking GDP growth and natural disasters such as climate change have also contributed to the current economic challenges facing the two countries.

The Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister said this during the Zambia/Ethiopia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) meeting in Lusaka today.

Speaking at the same meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba says a number of memorandums of understanding in various sectors will be signed during the during the stay of the Ethiopian delegation in Zambia.

Mr. Kalaba has also stressed the need for the two governments to remain committed to the JPC decisions and ensure that they are implemented as agreed in the signed agreement.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn laying a wreath at the grave  of Zambia's third late republican President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa at Embassy Park in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ ZANIS.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn laying a wreath at the grave of Zambia’s third late republican President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa at Embassy Park in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ ZANIS.

40 COMMENTS

    • Forget about Ethi0pia. All the ladies there have Aids
      I have two in my company and they think they are all that and I don’t like that.

      Forget Ethiopians the women are rude.

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

    • Learn from Zambia which is slowly dying and is now about how to choke the media, rig elections and treat the opposition in a ridiculous way. Where is this guy from, kuku land of Ethiopia. By the way who is he telling all this? I can tell I don’t like this guy.

    • @ analyser

      Ethiopian PM know better than Lungu how to destroy any form of opposition to the rule of small tribe which accounts to less than 10% of the total population. Extra-judicial murders, indiscriminate use off “food aid” as a weapon, mass incarceration, banning of social media, banning of opposition parties, banning of opposition press, banning of independent radio and TV, land theft, forceful exile, subdued judiciary, use of military to suppress demonstration, unrestricted search of private property without warrant, …………….
      It is Lungu who is learning from worthy successor of the “Butcher of Africa”, Menegistu.

  1. Talking nonsense. What democracy is in Zambia when opposition is silenced,media houses shut down. Democracy on the continent is in South Africa were people are free to express themselves without fear of the state. Ubufi waikuta ubwali ku state house and you start telling lies makaka iwe!

    • Ethiopian PM know better than Lungu how to destroy any form of opposition to the rule of small tribe which accounts to less than 10% of the total population. Extra-judicial murders, indiscriminate use off “food aid” as a weapon, mass incarceration, banning of social media, banning of opposition parties, banning of opposition press, banning of independent radio and TV, land theft, forceful exile, subdued judiciary, use of military to suppress demonstration, unrestricted search of private property without warrant, …………….
      It is Lungu who is learning from worthy successor of the “Butcher of Africa”, Menegistu.

  2. What gibberish, democracy my foot. Get out of your cocoon and smell the coffee. We are fighting for freedom of expression, freedom of association,as well as freedom of expression and this moron from utopia praises a leader who has refused to hear the petition. Until the petition is head we have an illegal masquerade at state house who needs to heed to our demands. Until the its alutacontnua.

    • At least Zambia boasts of a demonstrated transfer of power from one leader to another and, from one political party to another – a case scarcely seen in many other African countries.

    • You are so rude to our state quests all of you opposition hooligans!
      Zambia compared to most African states is a better democracy. If you think Lungu imposed himself organize yourselves and try to unseat him and see what you will face. HE ECL is in-charge and in control, like it or not! Ba ngwele fi UPND that is why you walk out of parliament and come back to ask questions about when roads in your constituencies will finish. isn’t that madness?

    • @ Akalende

      I prefer dead body in the house than Tigray CRIMINAL BUTCHER as the guest.
      Go to HELL together with your GENOCIDAL MURDEROUS GUEST.
      How many Ethiopians are running away from your guest?
      Do you 1mbecile know that Ethiopia has more political prisoners and refugees than the rest of Africa?

  3. This is what gets on HH’s nerves … members of the international community ignoring all his calls attention! The sooner my dear bro HH moves on the better himself and his faithful followers.

  4. WHAT RUBBISH HOW CAN WE BE CALLED A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WHEN OPPOSITION ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONVENE FOR MEETINGS/ GO BACK TO ETHIOPIA YOU FOOL !

  5. That will not change anything. Lungu will remain illegitimate until the Petition is heard and he is declared the Winner of 2016 Election and duly elected. More than half of Zambia does Not recognize Lungu’s Presidency and there is no way Lungu can govt without Legitimacy. Commonwealth, AU,SADC, EU,UN etc are anxiously waiting for the Petition to heard and resolved. No Right Thinking country will recognize a Vote Thief as a Legitimate President of Zambia.

    • The very fact an electoral petition can be heard, speaks of a tiny semblance of sanity in Zambian politics. Elsewhere in Africa, the story of democracy in politics is gruesomely different.

    • @ Meimatungu

      Check the latest, Ethiopia has more political prisoners in whole of Africa. Estimated 14 million Ethiopians are Refugees around the World. Check again for the largest Chinese community in Africa. Check again for lowest wages and highest food prices in Africa.

  6. Hailemariam Dessalegn is a wanted person by ICC for atrocities committed against Oromo people of Ethiopia. The illegal current leader of Zambia is visited by other heads of states with dictatorial rule in their countries. ‘Birds of the same furthers flock together’.

  7. Ethiopia is close to being a pariah state.

    Every thing is going down hill. Those are the leaders that support lungu.

  8. “Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn says Africa should learn from Zambia’s democracy.”

    Somewhere HH is crying.

  9. While the rest of Africa envies Zambia, who have switched smoothly from one-party state to multi-partism, from incumbent to opposition, enacting a new constitution which emphasises the independence of the judiciary by introducing institutions such as the ConCourt, The public protector etc, the opposition want to paint a bad picture of Zambia to the rest of the world. You see the opposition were in the forefront of pushing for a new constitution hoping it would work in their favour. But after losing the election and petitioning it, their legal team FAILED to put together a single case to file to court because even they knew that their clients had just lost the elections because Zambians DIDN’T have confidence in them NOT that the PF blocked their hearing!!

  10. Ladies and gentlemen, our country is blessed, and our president confirmed this by directing us to dedicate a day in our year to praise The Almighty God for blessing us. While 7 out of 10 provinces have forgotten about elections and moved on, our economy will continue to grow if we work hard and improve our lively hoods-not cry of hunger and destruction where there is none. LET US TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY & ONE ANOTHER REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY COME FROM AND URGE THEM TO WORK HARD WHILE WE EQUIP THEM WITH MODERN SKILLS SO THE TAKE CHARGE OF OUR ZAMBIA FOR THEIR FUTURES!!

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