President Edgar Lungu arrive in Pretoria Ceremony

President Edgar Lungu arrived in Pretoria, South Africa for the 37th Ordinary Southern African Development Community-SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government which opens today, 19TH, August, 2017.

President Lungu arrived at the Air Force Base Waterkloof from Kigali, Rwanda where he attended the inauguration ceremony of Rwanda’s President-elect Paul Kagame.

The Presidential Challenger carrying President Lungu and his entourage touched down at Waterkloofan airbase of the South African Air Force at 20:55 hours local time.

Upon arrival at Waterkloof base, the Republican President was received by South Africa’s Minister of Justice Michael Masutha, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Minister of Commerce, Trade, Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe and Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba.

On arrival at Sheraton Pretoria Hotel where he will be lodging, President Lungu was welcomed by Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Development Planning Lucky Mulusa, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana Brigadier General Patrick Tembo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Kayula Siame, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe among other senior government officials.

President Lungu who is accompanied by Deputy Secretary to Cabinet in charge of Finance and Economic Development Christopher Mvunga and Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda upon arrival at Sheraton Pretoria hotel addressed a crowd of Zambians resident in South Africa who braved the cold night to welcome him.

Other Heads of State who have already arrived ahead of the Summit include Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, Namibia’s Hage Geingob and Tanzania’s President John Magufuli.

The theme of the summit is “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”.

During the Summit South Africa will assume the role of Chair of the SADC taking over from the Kingdom of Swaziland.

The President of the Republic of Tanzania John Magufuli and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr Thomas Thabane are expected to give their maiden speeches during the Summit while the Presidents of the Republic of Angola José Eduardo dos Santos and Botswana Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama are expected to give their farewell speeches.

The main objectives of SADC are to achieve economic development, peace and security, and growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through Regional Integration.

Currently SADC has a membership of 15 Member States, namely; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The 37th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government which will open tomorrow was preceded by the Senior Officials’ Meeting, the Ministerial meeting and the Double Troika yesterday.

All the meetings are taking place at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), O R Tambo Building in Pretoria.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. If you live among dogs, keep a stick. After all, this is what a hound has teeth for-to bite when he feels like it!
    – Nikita Khrushchev

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    • No no no! Let me complain today, Jonathan never travels with his wife… Why?, he is never with his wife in public,,, I have seen HH with first Lady mutinta, I have seen GBM with the with in public, mulongonti with the wife, ba Nevers with the wife, even RB, I have seen him with tandiwe…. Not Jonathan!!! I only see him other people’s wives like mangret or mumbi Phiri

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  2. Look at this phrase and just remember how many times you have heard it and how much it says about the limited English vocaburary of our journalists:
    “The Presidential Challenger carrying President Lungu and his entourage touched down at Waterkloofan airbase of the South African Air Force at 20:55 hours local time.”
    Surely, if expressing oneself in English in a broad manner is a problem, there is only an optuion of speaking in one’s own language e.g. Luapulan Katangese or Nyasalangua! It’s also sad to see the extent to which Zambia is tribalised, there is not a single person from Southern, Western or North Western provinces in Ukwa Jonathan’s entourage, they are all Bemba and Nyanja only! Anyway, Zambia has already split right in the middle.

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    • ….and Botswana Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama are expected….

      No body checks through the garbage they write before off loading it on the web.

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  3. Alah, the last chap in the line, is that not Emmanuel Mwamba, the chap who gave Chiluba a full cup of mtototo laced with Polonium 210 on that fateful evening of 18 June 2011? The chap is a murderer! I hope abaloshi ba kuLuapula and Katanga bonse will direct their Katelenic Kalumbasch “Tomahawk cruise missile” at this target and knock the hell out of it!

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  4. Just look at hoe subservient Harry Kalaba is, he is almost going down on his knees to give Jonathan a blow job! And that Mrs Mwanakatwe, why is it that the most prominent feature on her face is the nose? Awa, sa swabisa sinamukuka se, kambe kisi nyunwani kambe ki si imuyulu! Hape ku utwahala kuli silata maswe ku simisa kwa macacani, sililo sesi felile nesi shapisize kwateni namunganga ku bashimani ba balalu! Kwa mafelelezo sabe sa hani kuba lifa tifo kakuli kuti nesi sa fenyizwe ki lilulu la kababa! Kandate kakamu kona kasi uzweza mukotana wasona kusi luta tuto! She should actually be the first to go for an AIDS test with Lungu.

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  5. If lungu asked kalaba to kiss his prat, kalaba would jump with pleasure at the chance. His idio!tic smile says it all.

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  6. The whole drinking party is in Pretoria Lazy Lungu and Christopher Mvunga wasting taxpayers money from RSA they will fly to Nairobi. The Bum has too much time on his lazy hands….its no surprised Mmusi Maimane refused to meet him. Why did you not meet him when he came to Lusaka?

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  7. The theme of the summit is “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”.
    Really laughable ..no wonder former currency dealer Stephen Kampyongo is among the entourage as these crooks only see brown envelopes from this!!

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    • Well, where are is the so called “private sector” to partner with in the first place. I would have expected entourage comprising Zambia`s high profile businessmen, but what we see its the Chandas, Kampyongos, you name them. Shame !!

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  8. Blogger # 2 – 5 why not just comment on the SADCC Summit instead of offloading your dirty remarks? Junk comments manifest junk thoughts and junk activities of the author. Wrong time and place, you better go away.

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  9. @shoileboile #1, JJ #6, You have been reading a lot of Dog Watchers in Zambia! They have one mother and father! And both are Namwalans!

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  10. When you come from Mukobeko and read those words on the plane you are consumed with jealousy! Thank God you will fly in others not in this one!

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