State house has reported that following the conclusion of the Zambian leg of her four-nation tour, Patricia Scotland, QC, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will today hold a news conference at 17:00 hours Zambian time at Lusaka’s Intercontinental Hotel.
The Commonwealth Secretary General will then proceed to Tanzania as a third country of her visit and conclude her regional tour with a visit to Mozambique.
Her first point of call was Uganda before proceeding to Zambia.
During her visit to Zambia, the Secretary General held a series of meetings with various State and non State actors.
According to the statement , she met with His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina, Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Harry Kalaba, Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Dr Patrick Matibini, Catholic Bishops, Non-governmental Organisations and leader of Zambia’s main opposition party Mr Hakainde Hichilema.
The meetings and consultations are part of preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Summit later this year.
During her consultations in Zambia, the Secretary General also discussed the 2016 Zambian general elections and reaffirmed the Commonwealth position that the elections were free, fair and therefore reflected the will of the people.
The Commonwealth Secretary General will make a final announcement on a broad range of issues, she discussed with stakeholders when she holds a media conference later this afternoon.