Thursday, June 13, 2024

President Lungu leaves for DRC

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President Edgar Lungu has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a one day working visit.

President Lungu’s aircraft touched down at Nd’jili International Airport in Kinshasa at 10:30 hours local time (11:30hrs Zambian).

He was welcomed at the airport by Kinshasa Mayor Jeantinie Ngobila Mbaka.

President Lungu is accompanied to DRC by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and on hand to welcome him were Minister of Infrastructure Vincent Mwale, Zambia’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Friday Nyambe and that country’s Ambassador to Zambia Chantal Maloba.

President Lungu said in an interview at the airport that his visit to DRC was important as the two neighbouring countries have a lot to share.

President Lungu and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi are scheduled to hold talks on a range of issues, among them economic matters that will benefit their two countries’ citizens.

And the two ambassadors Mr. Nyambe and Mrs. Maloba have described the bilateral meeting between the two countries’ heads of states as important for enhanced economic development and unity of their peoples.

Mr. Nyambe of Zambia and Mrs. Maloba of DRC underscored the importance of the meeting between the two heads of states.

Mr. Nyambe said there was a lot of economic and social interaction between the people of DRC and the people of Zambia hence the need for Dr. Lungu and Mr. Tshiseke to hold talks.

He cited the Mwenda-Kasomeno toll road and bridge project as one of the economic infrastructure projects that will have a huge economic impact on the people of the two countries.

“The DRC is an important strategic neighbour to Zambia. This visit by President Lungu is to catch up on opportunities existing between us and the DRC,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Maloba said the citizens of Zambia and of DRC will be more united once they realise the unity that exists at Presidential level.

She said the meeting will enhance the two countries’ relations and promote trade between Zambians and Congolese.

“We need the 2 heads of state to unite and this will strengthen the relations, Mrs. Maloba said.

President Lungu is scheduled to return to Zambia this afternoon.

28 COMMENTS

  1. It was a good thing liaising with our counterparts in DRC in preparation for this high level meeting between two great heads of state. I enjoy my job in civil service. Although it pays me less than what my businesses bring in,it is the most fulfilling role.

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  2. The lazy man got the longing feel for long distance flights after that flight to Tanzania for the funeral last month…now the lazy bu m is on another flight to DRC of zero value, the man is absolutely useless as President as he shows zero leadership the man is just an empty suit.

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  3. The l azy man got the longing feel for long distance flights after that flight to Tanzania for the funeral last month…now the la zy bu m is on another flight to DRC of zero value, the man is absolutely useless as President as he shows zero leadership the man is just an empty suit.

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  4. We know he is going to negotiate on behalf of his criminal friend illegal arms dealer Zingaman…what else can a simpleton like Lazy Lungu be doing!!

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  5. THAT IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT VISITS OUR PRESIDEN Dr EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGA HAS MADE. JUST A REMINDER AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, DR CONGO SPENDS MORE THAN US$2.5BILLION ON IMPORTATION OF FOOD STUFF FROM BRAZIL. WHICH ARE WHEAT, MAIZE MEAL AND OTHER PROCESSED GRAINS, BEEF, ETC. REALLY AREN’T WE FUULS TO SEE BRISILIAN CARGO AIRLINERS OVER-FLYING ZAMBIAN LADDEN WITH FOOD STUFF WE CAN PRODUCE IN ZAMBIA INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING ABOUT SMUGGLING BY CONGOLESE CITIZENS? LUAPULA PROVINCE MUST FEED DR CONGO. ZAMBIA NEEDS TO CONCENTRATE BEEF/DAIRY, ALL GRAIN, ETC, FARMING IN LUAPULA PROVINCE. IDC MUST SET UP A MULTI-PURPOSE GRAIN MEALING PLANT TO PROCESS MAIZE, WHEAT, BARLEY ETC AS WELL AS A MEAT PROCESSING PLANT AND ENCOURAGE OUTGROWERS IN THE PROVINCE.

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  6. The visit is timely and strategic ahead of the 2021 Elections in Zambia. ECL is warming up to President Felix Tshisekedi who is the current Chairman of AU. ECL is begging for support from the Chairman of AU on his controversial Third Term Bid. In case of an Election dispute ECL hopes the Chairman of AU will be on his side. ECL will probably also Visit Malawi to seek support from President Chakwera who is the incoming Chairman of SADC. ECL needs support for his controversial Third Term Project given that his Eligibility is being questioned by the Citizens of Zambia. These are desperate times for ECL and PF.The writing is on the wall.

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  7. What was the Agenda of the Meeting? Any resolutions? We know that President Felixi Tshisekedi is the current Chairman of AU so ECL was probably briefing the AU Chairman on the preparedness of his Govt for the upcoming Elections in August 2021.
    ECL has probably allayed the AU Chairman’s fears on his controversial Third Term Eligibility issue. We shall see if these Elections will be held in terms of the Zambian Constitution, AU and SADC Election Guidelines. ECL can hide the fire but he can’t hide the smoke!

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  8. Wow. DRC yamuyasha Lungu. They sent a mayor to receive this malingering lazy misleader. They should have sent the Presidential Chef to welcome him.

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  9. President Felix Tshisekedi is also the current Chairman of AU. So did ECL personally assure the Chairman of AU that Zambian Elections to be held on August 12 will be free,fair,credible and peaceful? Did ECL explain to the AU Chairman his Constitutional Eligibility Problem. Let’s hope Concourt will resolve the issue in accordance with the Zambian Constitution and without involving SADC and AU. Time will tell.

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  10. “Zingman was arrested by Congolese police in Lubumbashi on Wednesday after meeting with former presidentJoseph Kabila. Zingman has previously been mentioned in media reports in connection with arms deals in Zambia and Zimbabwe – which he has denied.

    A source close to the administration of DRC President Felix Tshisekedi confirmed Zingman’s arrest. He said that after meeting Kabila, Zingman flew from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi, where he was questioned by police about his business in the DRC. The source said he could not explain what he was doing in the DRC.”-Daily maverick.

    PF vs GRZ

    GRZ what’s going on?

    PF time out.

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  11. Why a Mayor to welcome a president?
    our president travels away to Congo only to
    Be greeted by Mayor.Do we sometimes see
    Mr sampa welcoming neighbouring President?

  12. Why not acknowledge that President Felix Tshisekedi apart from being President of DRC he is also the current Chairman of AU. We hope ECL briefed the AU Chairman on the Preparation of Zambia’s Elections on August 12,2021. No doubt ECL must have assured the AU Chairman that the Elections will be free,fair,credible and peaceful. On his Third Term Eligibility ECL must have assured the AU Chairman that Zambia Concourt will impartially resolve the issue in a manner consistent with the Republican Constitution. Let’s hope ECL will walk the Talk otherwise Zambia will be embarrassed should the Elections turn violent,rigged and disputed. The writing is on the wall.

  13. @ zulu iwe ulefwaya agenda kwati ni meeting yabawls0. How can you expect such sensitive information to be given to a nobody like you.

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  14. Tikki – The President of Zambia does not use Challenger 9J-ONE….he uses the Gulfstream Jet which has a military code sign hence can not be tracked by Flight-Rader. This is why Lazy Lungu has the freedom of the skies partying like a small boy…Challenger is mainly used by his corrupt ministers like Helicopter Malanje who is busy doing dealings in Turkey and MiddleEast…only god who the other passengers are.

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  15. Lungu touring failed states bcoz he’s making Zambia one of them.Next trips for Lungu to Nigeria,Somalia ,Chad ,South Sudan and Liberia.

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  16. @KZ .What was sensitive about infrastructure projects. It’s a fact that President Felix is current Chairman of AU. ECL has been assuring SADC and AU Election Observers about Zambia holding free,fair,credible and peaceful Elections in August 2021. Surely ECL must have personally assured the AU Chairman that the Election Preparations are on Course. On the Third Term issue ECL must have pacified the AU Chairman that Zambia Concourt will resolve the matter impartially. So whats the beef about sensitive matters? So KZ thinks that the AU Chairman is not aware that there is a Third Term dispute among Zambians? Both Chairmen of SADC and AU are aware that there is a dispute on this issue. It’s a fact that ECL held Office twice,was elected and sworn in twice in 2015 and 2016 and is…

  17. The whole slaky gabbage of a president, his minister and his presidential adviser, including his pilot all of these being welcomed by just, a town mayor? Wow! This is record breaking, for the guinness book of records. Poor corrupt Lungu, signs on all walls.

  18. He went to persuade Tshisekedi to come to the launching of the Kasomeno-Mwanda Bridge project before Parliament is dissolved so that the fanfare can be used to hoodwink people of Luapula to vote for Mr.Lungu again under the pretext of ” infrastructure development” …It is an unplanned meeting that is why not even a Minister could be sent to receive him!!

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