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President Lungu to attend AU virtual summit

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President Edgar Lungu is this weekend expected to attend an African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government virtual summit on Africa Continental Free Trade Area and Silencing guns in Africa.

The 13th and 14th Extraordinary Sessions of the Assembly of the Heads of State meeting will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2020.

According to a press statement issued to the media in Lusaka on Friday by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Relations Officer Chansa Kabwela, President Lungu is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji and his counterpart at Commerce, Trade and Industry, Christopher Yaluma.

The 13th and 14th Extra-ordinary Sessions will discuss the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the mechanism developed to implement the Silencing of the Guns in Africa.

The AfCFTA and Silencing the Guns are two of the fifteen Agenda 2063 flagship projects aimed at promoting social and economic transformation of the continent.

The 13th Extra-Ordinary Session is expected to ratify the operationalization of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) with trading under this arrangement scheduled to start on 1st January 2021.

The Summit under the 14th Extra-Ordinary Session is also expected to consider the agenda on activities and efforts made to achieve the 2020 Theme of the Year: “Silencing the Guns”.

The Extraordinary Assembly of Heads of State will be held virtually due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic that has created conditions of restricted movements and meetings across Africa and the globe in order to curb its spread.

21 COMMENTS

  1. He has started to execute his last assignments as President. We’ll remember you as the most reckless leader that mishandled more than $27BN in 5yrs and left the country on its knees

    • Ayatollah If I will be remembered only as a mishandler I will be happy. I thought I would be remembered as a thief!

  2. This is a multilateral body that is refusing to grow up. It’s happy to remain a mere talking shop where dictators like Mugabe were seen as standard bearers. Wht has the AU done for Africans lately? The answer is precious little. U can join 100 flat tyres but they cannot give u the performance of two inflated ones.

  3. HE President Edgar Chagwa Lungu executing one of his last engagements at AU as President of the Republic of Zambia. We’ll remember him as the most reckless leader that plunged the nation into untold misery despite handling the largest amount of money within 5 years of more than $27BN.

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  4. This is the only good thing that has come out of covid-19….these useless African leaders like La7y Lungu not flying around at great expense to venues to go and drink tea whilst talking about nothing,,,there is war in Ethiopia; this talkshop is silent.

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  5. Much as covid-19 is a scary pandemic, it’s saving zambia a lot of money in Gulfstream G 650 aviation fuel and related high costs. Can’t imagine how much we’ve saved in ECL related international travel costs.

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  6. Nostra….. – When are you going to grow up? Your friend Nondo is grown up …do you not have massage parlours there to relieve your stress.

  7. We are in the new normal. Lukanga in as much as I am scared of your huge muscles, when it comes to my president I will fight you. Let us learn to respect leadership. I know that you are no longer zambian. You are now Danish but you don’t see us insulting or disrespecting your country’s leadership there. So why disrespect us this way? Remember nenzo menya bantu 6 at the same time in my heyday. Don’t think I can’t do the same to protect the sovereignty of my country. After all those muscles might even be steroid

  8. We are in the new normal. Lukanga in as much as I am scared of your huge muscles, when it comes to my president I will fight you. Let us learn to respect leadership. I know that you are no longer zambian. You are now Danish but you don’t see us insulting or disrespecting your country’s leadership there. So why disrespect us this way? Remember nenzo menya bantu 6 at the same time in my heyday. Don’t think I can’t do the same to protect the sovereignty of my country. After all those muscles might even be due to drugs

  9. Lukanga it seems the meat in your brain transferred to your biceps since you got those big muscles. I am scared of those muscles but when it comes to my president I can beat you man to man. Have some respect basa

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  10. I thought he has stopped ukuseya seya and saving a bit of tax payers money but now he is itching to go despite the poor state of the economy .Anyway even mu Zambia tekala panshi .

  11. Ask Julius Malema about this club. What has the AU achieved in its more than half a century of existence? The European Union is younger, but there are no civil wars in Europe, one passport, free trade area and apart from delinquent Britain, one visa. In Africa, tribal and civil wars continue.

  12. @The Saint the AU cant be separated from its members. It is what it is because that is what the members want it to be. The EU did not fall from heaven and command its members to behave in a certain way. The members got together and said lets make a grouping that subscribes to certain rights and freedoms and lets make sure it does just that. Anyone who disagrees with these ideals can leave. By the way the EU has experienced plenty of wars: The IRA civil war in Britain, EU members started the Iraq invasion, Libyan invasion, were involved in the Afghanistan invasion. etc etc Historically the two world wars were started by EU members even if it wasnt in existence then.

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