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President Hakainde Hichilema visits the White House, Meets Vice President Kamala Harris

Headlines President Hakainde Hichilema visits the White House, Meets Vice President Kamala Harris

Late on Wednesday, the White House issued some details of a meeting between the Zambian president and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris saying the two agreed to deepen ties on issues like health and pandemic preparedness.

“The vice president applauded President Hichilema’s focus on prioritising necessary reforms and his efforts to stabilize and grow the Zambian economy”, the White House said.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s president is due to meet officials at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the southern African nation tries to secure a lending programme to help it emerge from a debt crisis.

President Hakainde Hichilema’s spokesman, Anthony Bwalya, in a statement issued from New York, did not say when the meetings would take place.

In November, Zambia became the first African country to default on its sovereign debt during the COVID-19 pandemic after failing to keep up with payments on nearly $13 billion of international debt. About a quarter of this debt is held by either China or Chinese entities via deals shrouded in secrecy clauses, complicating negotiations for IMF relief.

Hichilema is in the United States for the U.N. General Assembly. He won a landslide election victory in August, beating incumbent Edgar Lungu, and has pledged to reduce the fiscal deficit, restore economic growth and review mining policies in Africa’s second-largest copper producer.

His finance minister said last month securing an IMF programme was critical to restoring creditor confidence and giving the government access to cheaper and longer financing.

46 COMMENTS

  1. Why no comments on the fact that the US president had cancelled because of the Zambian veep’s shameful remarks on LGBTQ people? And that Bally’s visit to the White House is a hypocritical shameless visit? Shame on you Bally!

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  2. Now we have a President in State House after 10 wasteful years…Sata was a populist leader him entering State House was like a poor man winning a $100 million lottery and going on a rampant shopping spree.

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  3. The pride in meeting a vice president of the USA shows how poor we are and proud we are of our poverty. Bilateral ties in aid is not some thing to celebrate that won’t create your needed jobs but bilateral trade. Let’s engage them at trade level and less on aid level

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  4. #1  No Corruption Zambia
     September 23, 2021 At 7:44 am

    “Why no comments on the fact that the US president had cancelled because of the Zambian veep’s shameful remarks on LGBTQ people? And that Bally’s visit to the White House is a hypocritical shameless visit? Shame on you Bally!……”

    Not meeting Biden had nothing to do with remarks by the VP……….

    The Americans are are fully aware of zambias traditional stance regarding LGBT rights , other wise they would cancel most of the millions they give zambia in aid……

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  5. @No Corruption Zambia
    Bitterness resulting from a heavy election loss takes time to heal.

    Before the healing process takes root one is
    [a] prone to declaring prophesies of gloom:
    [b] engaging in wishful thinking – hoping the winning party to fail; and
    [c] criticising everything the winning party does or says.

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  6. @Flag CK
    It all starts from meeting leaders of the countries we want to have bilateral business ties with.
    ….and that is exactly what HH is doing

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  7. @7 ‘The Americans are are fully aware of zambia’s traditional stance regarding LGBT rights , other wise they would cancel most of the millions they give zambia in aid……’ How old are you? You speak like a child,

    @1. You say remarks on LGBT by the vice President where shameful? It s a shame that your own mother would not agree with you. America promotes all the vile acts we find in this world and that is why there is a world campaign to make them go down and become unnecessary to the world. Its already happening, ask France why now they have courage to recall their ambassador to America. Are you really sure abortion, LGBT, killing of millions of people around the world, conspiracies that they practice are all okay? Don’t tempt God! You may just be cursing your family,…

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  8. OTHERWISE BALLY YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB OUT THERE AT UNGA. YOU SHOWED THOSE FOOLISH WHITES THAT WE ARE SMART PEOPLE, SMARTER THAN MOST OD THEM. AND THAT WE HAVE A BETTER DEMOCRACY THAN THEM……………LONG LIVE ZAMBIANS. THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT BELONG TO ONE POLITICAL PARTY OR ONE TRIBE. LONG LIVE KK (MYSRIP) FOR MAKING SURE OUR ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION MOTTO KEPT US TOGETHER. A BEMBA CAN MARRY A TONGA, LOZI ETC ETC WITHOUT A PROBLEM AND VICE VERSA. … AND I MEAN A BEMBA MAN CAN MARRY A TONGA WOMAN AND NOT WHAT THESE USELESS FOOLS ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE. A BEMBA MAN MARRYING A TONGA MAN…..YURK! MAY THE GOOD LORD DEAL WITH THESE NICONPOOPS MERCILESSLY!

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  9. Well done HH, here we have Antonio Mwanza saying there is no law compelling political parties to disclose source of their finding, out of ignorance the guy may not know that there is no law compelling political parties to hide the source of their funding. He is wondering why out of 16 political parties it is only PF being summoned, the guy is playing ignorance that it was PF which was over spending dressing trees. Also importantly, if there is an investigation, the party in question is obliged to disclose

  10. Let’s be proud as a Zambian people for being blessed with HH. Zambia is again on the world scene but in a good way.

    My request to Bally and the Zambian Government is to work towards engaging Zambians in diaspora so that they can start investing back especially in agriculture. Please make this possible as we do have the money but need land for farming.
    This in the end will create much need employment for the youth and most Zambians as outlined in the UPND manifesto.

    God bless HH and God bless Zambia.

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  11. Mugabe once said the UN is meaningless and useless talk show. Those without no pride in themselves go there ….make meaningless speeches of no consequence. Its nothing to be proud of.

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  12. whether your comments on ECL or HH are anchored on hate, he was your president and he is your president respectively. Hate comments wont help you or bring tangible things at your doorstep. Just respect your leaders.No one knows you,but ECL or HH are known worldwide, imagine. Just bring ideas that will bring development to Zambia, the only country that you have, period.

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  13. @ kalaba, you’re quoting Mr. Mugabe for his words of wisdom on international engagement and democracy? Sure? How about Mobuto Sese Seko, Idi Amin, or Pol Pot? What expert words of wisdom did they have to shed on the matter?

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  14. “Meanwhile, Zambia’s president is due to meet officials at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the southern African nation tries to secure a lending programme to help it emerge from a debt crisis.”-LT

    UPND administration The approach they using to approach International Monetary Fund and World Bank No different than 409 Scheme from Nigeria.

    Before you approach international monetary fund and world bank, Do you have their people in mind?

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  15. flag Wow! How Anthony Bwalya came from the backdoor, overlapped and knockout SLUGGISH and SLEEPY established media CRONIES of UPND to become HH’s Right Hand Man & Press Aid.

    A dancing king in USA …

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  16. @ No Corruption Zambia: You can’t Compare HH to your Drunken LUNGU. The USA Never saw any values to engage with such corrupt useless leaders like LUNGU. Useless people. Ask yourselves why PF is so much hate by most Zambians. We now have a true leader with confidence, articulate and knows what he is talking about. Shame on all you all Zambians that are still Bitter yet you are enjoying the benefits of a good economy. That’s being hypocritical and you call yourselves Christians. LUNGU AND HIS THIEVES ARE GONE. THEY WILL NEVER COME BACK.

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  17. Speaking for myself HH has rekindled the pride I had of being a Zambian, I can walk with my head high and consider what I can do for my motherland, rather than what my motherland can do for me. The stage is set and now time to get down to work.

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  18. His last statement at the press briefing with VP Harris should settle those of you who have been thinking President HH will depart from our norms on certain emerging issues.

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  19. He’s doing well so far and he’s definitely better than his predecessor. Unfortunately those that expected nights of beer partes like previously are very disappointed. Sorry guys this one isn’t a big buyer

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  20. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    This is historic… a woman USA Vice President of black/Indian descent who was born in Zambia meeting with the Zambian President at the White House! Who could have thought? Say what you like but this meeting right here of Kamala Harris with HH is more meaningful than if HH met with Joe Biden (who is showing early signs of dementia anyway). Well done HH and Zambia!

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  21. #29  Spaka
     September 23, 2021 At 1:33 pm

    “HH is far much better than all the past presidents combined together from 1964

    HH:5
    PAST PRSIDENTS: 0…”

    Look at this PF coward trying to clone me……

    You have no shame ……….

    And since you are Tring to Copy me, I stand for

    # 1 KK ,
    #2 PLM and HH,
    # 3 RB
    # 4 Sata
    # 5 FJT and lungu…….
    # 6 lungu

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  22. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    Sorry …‘lived’ in Zambia, not ‘born’

  23. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    Anyone knows what happened to that shameless impostor troll ftom the UK who impersonated Kaizar Zulu? Is he the one who is trying to impersonate Spaka @ #29 above?
    He will probably come back as Mushota again.

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  24. HH is very presidential, really looking solid and putting Zambia on the map. Why did we waste seven years with a very wrong man. I think the country will get back and civil liberties given back to the people, When self confessed crazy guy Kambwili said “Can you make Kampyongo Minister of Home Affairs and expect the country to be normal” we thought it was a joke then

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  25. Hey Corruption Scandals, yes, where is “Kaizer”?? He was at least an entertaining troll. These new PF vuvuzela bloggers here have one track: criticize HH for even breathing, he has apparently failed because he hasn’t created millions of jobs in 30 days and God forbid he has engaged with the West! They are stuck on repeat, empty criticism, revisionist history of Lungu’s time in office. That’s all.

  26. I can only endorse our president’s visit to the White House and the dialogue with Vice President Harris. So far, I am genuinely impressed by his hands on approach on various issues – he seems not just to be a talker but also a hard working man. Only lazy people dislike hardworkers, so they will always criticize without cause. Zambians should be proud of their new leader.

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  27. Zambia is blessed to have his Excellency Hakaindi Hichilema in office but I urge Zambians to be patient….. the man is all for Zambia not for selfish reasons.

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  28. flag Wow! How Anthony Bwalya came from the backdoor, overlapped and knockout SLUGGISH and SLEEPY established media CRONIES of UPND to become HH’s Right Hand Man & Press Aid.

    HH is the most intelligence human being in Zambia. Where are all the PF haters

  29. ” HH is the most intelligent man in Zambia. Where are those PF haters”
    Who has conducted IQ tests for all 18 million zambians for one to arrive at that conclusion?
    Are we now developing a cult culture and elevating our leaders to the status of God himself? Only God is all knowing and possesses immesurable wisdom.
    And while we are at it, does a mere speech make you the most intelligent man in Zambia? Remember Chiluba? Where did he take us?
    I genuinely fear for the future of Zambia with such comments.

  30. VP Kamala Harris of USA claims that the last time a President of Zambia visited the White House was in 1992. The VP of PF Mr Given Lubinda claims that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama of USA. Is this true? If so when did Lungu meet with Obama in the White House? Can the Editor of LT tell us the truth on this issue?

  31. I keep on saying,Zambians we need to admit that we are foo.ls! And ask God to help us..
    Surely foreigners and some mine firm keep on pocketing gold out of this nation for free in millions and billions of dollars, And you are comparing Presidents how shallow, It’s not but how great a speech is, it’s what one does .. remember talk is cheap..We want to see action, Walking the talk. We can’t keep dwelling on petty things and allow foreigners to continuously steal minerals and expect to develop, We might as well say bye to development.
    Shameful and foolis.hness at its best.

  32. @44 Said, you will be accused of insulting every Zambian by your statement but I think you should have used “ba ngwele” instead. Some of the ignorance is shocking. You can’t blame them. Some are just discovering the power of google but can’t differentiate between facts and fiction.

  33. @FutureZed
    The word fool.ish is not an insult. … Please
    Fool.ish means action or behaviour not showing good sense or judgement.
    Zambia has cobalt,gold, magnesium, etc
    How come we only talk about copper and we have records of what is taken outside.
    Why not cobalt,gold etc ! It makes no sense for a rich nation to continue begging! In the 1980 Botswana, Namibia,Rwanda these would not march Zambia… Today it’s the opposite!..

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