President Lungu not Attending the AU Summit, Zambia to be represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister Malanji Represents President Lungu at the Inaugural Russia-Africa Summit. 23rd October, 2019 - - - - - Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Joseph Malanji will represent His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.
Minister Malanji Represents President Lungu at the Inaugural Russia-Africa Summit. 23rd October, 2019 - - - - - Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Joseph Malanji will represent His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji is expected In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday 5th February, 2020 to represent Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

According to a statement released to the media by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Malanji will be accompanied by Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda and other senior Government officials.

The AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, expected to run from 9th to 10th February, 2020, will be convened under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. It will be preceded by the 36th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council from 6th to 7th February, 2020.

Mr Malanji is expected to deliver a progress report to the Assembly on Ending Child Marriage on behalf of President Lungu, the President and Leader of Ending Child Marriage in Africa. The Minister will also deliver statements to the Assembly on the Implementation of the Master Road Map to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020 and the implementation of the Agenda 2063.

During the Summit, Mr. Malanji is expected to participate in the general debate on the Institutional Reform of the AU, the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), peace and security on the continent and the Reform of the United Nations Security Council.

The Minister is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings with other African Foreign Ministers and other foreign high-level dignitaries expected to travel to Addis Ababa during the period of the Assembly.

The AU is a continental body consisting of 55 member states. It was officially launched in 2002 in Durban, South Africa as a successor institution to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which existed from 1963 to 1999. The organisation is guided by its vision of “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” The Assembly of Heads of State and Government is the AU’s supreme policy and decision making organ which comprises all member states.


  1. Malanji used to make Chibuku at National Breweries in Ndola Wow! I’d have said God is great but they used to steal chibuku trucks at delivering to Chipulukusu and other compounds in the middle of night working together with his Manager and Security Guards. So we can’t praise God for that.

    • People this is good news. Kamwendo mu mwelwa says he’s is not travelling you complain! he is on his challenger you complain! what do you want? weather Malanji was a chiukubu thief you put him there as minister so its his duty now. Looking for more delegation to increase cost saving measurers. Thanks.

      Well done on this one save those challenger air miles

  2. President Lungu is demonstrating the essence of team work in the PF Government by assigning his Ministers to the AU Summit. This is good for Zambia. May God bless the people of this country.

  3. This Lungu really loves to campaign. Just because of a parliamentary by election in a stronghold area anyway and he decides to not attend the most important event for heads of Staes in Africa!!!!! What is he scared of. Is this fear of losing in 2021.

    This is the one trip the president should have taken rather than those silly working holidays

  4. Staying around to campaign. This is one President who even campains in a local by-election for a Councilor!!

  5. …when he misses a much loved jet trip just know that he has a crisis on his laps….the biggest priority is is how to retain power which has all but evaporated in 2021 .

  6. You can’t win with some of our comrades, if ECL had travelled they would critisise , he stays they critisise that’s us their job. For me I think ECL had delegated because the country especially copperbelt and northwestern parts are having security challenges and we are also experiencing natural disasters like flooding in some parts of the country. These to me are serious issues that need his presence

  7. We have more pressing issues at home where the president is needed. By the way thanks lusaka times for taking up my demand or rather request to have the like buttons brought back. When the president travels the opposition complain and then when he doesn’t travel they still say NYO NYO. FUSEKE

  8. Why am I not surprised? Seer 1 has left the entire government guessing.. I just no longer know who is in charge of Zambia.. When KK, FTJ, Mwanawasa & Sata were presidents, you knew exactly who was in charge, even if the president had delegated. Bwezani and Lungu have been a complete disappointment with no Charismatic authority to lead.. And he has the temerity to go for a third term which is not allowed in the constitution!

  9. Zambia fimo fimo, from the names you have mentioned i think i would have rather put bwezani than sata because we are in this mess in the first place because of him. Also he was never in charge and thats why the root to all the problems we are facing today originates from satas time.

    • I totally agree with you @Wako. Sata was the first mistake we made. We actually voted for a sick man. And things became even worse by voting for you know who………………

  10. HE the reforms to the AU are extremely important at least fly in for that special session it will be debated and discussed by your fellow Heads of State the Foreign Minister may find those shoes big to fill . Fly in on the 8th out 9th

  11. How many of you remember those pf campaign songs in 2015 and 2016 word for word? do you remember this one Ba zambia ninshi mulefwaya? natwishiba fwebene eeeeeh , mmm, mmmm , otulefwaya, mmm, mmmm, otulefwaya…….

    how about this one balya bambi bali muchibe bola naikosa, lolo lolo , bola naikosa………….

  12. LT, thanks for bringing back the like and dislike, it is of course a form of freedom of expression.
    However, I am wondering if Kz’s claim that you have done so because of his demand has any basis, you ought to be a free media free from political influence.

  13. Zambia in The Sun – Just stick to the problem at hand. Your hatred for Bwezani has no basis at all. Strange that you bring Bwezani into the current mess and praise Sata – the real architect of the current mess.

  14. This wont change the price of tea in China… the people delegated to represent the country are equally useless!! Zambians have never benefited from these expensive trips these leaders undertake !!!

  15. Tommorrow we should have a line up of footballers from national assembly football club anounced in South Africa, who would love to miss the glorious event?

  16. 104 trips since he came to Plot One!! Just as well, the man has travelled more than any other president thu far!
    He has broken his own record so many times over, wasting taxpayers money. He has ripped the coffers empty.
    It is time to leave the stage, people stopped clapping when the exchange rate went crazy, price of fuel went up,, price mellie meal shot through the roof and power tariffs went out of reach of the citizenry and cost of the food basket went beyond the affordability of may! Pack and go Edgar Lungu. You have failed.

  17. More of the foreign Affairs minister traveling, plus needed representatives. The rest should always be made up of embassy staff already in those nations. Knowing Zambia the embassy staff are equally useless.

  18. I can guarantee you the work shy moron Edgar with all his ministers and PSs will be campaigning in Chilubi all week even costly than flying to Ethiopia.

  19. Trying to hoodwink the IMF? It won’t work, they can see through you bwana
    It’s like closing the gates after the horses have all bolted

  20. Delegating (which lowers the costs) and declining some ‘invitations’ should have been happening from a long while back. We would have saved a packet.
    That said, what really is the essence of the AU? More of a talk shop than robust condemnation and action against erring African regimes. It’s talk, talk and more talk. No one calls a spade, a spade – neither are there any meaningful sanctions or practical measures against rogue nations. When they get there they all refer to each other as ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ and nothing happens to restore justice and a defence of all that perish in the conflicts.

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