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President Hichilema Leads Zambian Delegation to COP28 in Dubai

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President Hakainde Hichilema has departed for Dubai to attend the 28th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The invitation, extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, underscores the global importance of addressing climate change.

President Hichilema, who will participate in the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government, aims to collaborate with other world leaders in advancing sustainable development, leveraging new technologies, and mobilizing resources for agreed actions to protect countries and the environment. Key events on his agenda include the World Climate Action Summit, G77 and China Leaders’ Summit, and various high-level roundtable meetings.

During the COP28, strategic bilateral engagements will be held, focusing on energy, agriculture, trade, technology transfer, tourism, and infrastructure development. Additionally, the President seeks to continue discussions on debt resolution, addressing economic challenges faced by Zambia.

In a statement, President Hichilema expressed gratitude for the invitation and highlighted the country’s commitment to addressing climate change, emphasizing the need for collective efforts in securing a sustainable future.

Meanwhile, controversy has arisen as the President of COP28, Sultan al-Jaber, denies allegations that the United Arab Emirates is leveraging the summit for oil and gas deals. Leaked documents revealed discussions on fossil fuel deals with various nations. Al-Jaber dismissed the reports, stating that they aimed to undermine his COP28 presidency and emphasized the summit’s commitment to addressing climate change.

The summit’s theme, “Racing for a Better World,” reflects the urgency of global efforts in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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    • This is a heads of state summit discussing the most potent threat to the survival of the human species on this planet and this is what HH gets from Edgar Lungu’s agents. Do you know the big issues facing all of humanity? All you are good at is complaining that the global south is marginalised in the formulation of procedures and systems for global governance. When important international conferences are called to discuss ways of achieving global consensus, you want HH to stay away?

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    • Why not send Mutale Nalumango for once? Are telling us that Mutale cannot articulate issues?
      Are you insinuating that she is that dull and cannot be at these global events? The worst then is that you cannot even leave her to act as President when you are travelling all over the world. Its a shame!!!!

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    • “the most potent threat to the survival of the human species on this planet” are people like HH who jump on a jet every two days thus contributing pollution more than the whole of Zambia does in a year. That causes global warming and climate change.

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    • HH is now just sneaking out of the country without announcing. Is it out of guilty of countless foreign trips?

      COP Conferences have now become a venue for presidents and world leaders, to dine, do private deals and run away from the domestic’s problems. There is already a framework that has been outlined. What is left is for scientists, industrial sectors, technologist to advance better ideas to reduce pollution. Instead, or world leaders turning up on these costly trips, they should pump money into funding scientists to hold tangible collaborating projects and brainstorming gatherings.

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    • @Nostradamus: The reason why the Kwacha is $26 is that the government does not have the dollars to support its value. The reason why the government has no dollars to support the kwacha is because all the money it earns, it has to use to pay the US $31 billion debt. The reason why Zambia has a US $31 billion debt is that Michael Satan and his nephew Edgar “Johnathan Mutawire” Lungu took Zambia from being practically debt free to $31 billion in debt and looting the money, in a mere 10 years. The fault is clearly that Satan and Mutawire, and those who voted for them, even after we warned them.

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    • @jangulo: When you win the elections, and become president, you will be free to send anyone from your tribe to any meeting you want. Right now, HH is the president, and he is sending himself where he thinks he should go. HH does not need to explain anything to you. How come you never asked where Lungu sent his Lozi token vice president?

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  1. Fellow Zambians, was our country ompletely removed from the WORLD MAP because I honestly fail to understand Hakainde’ trips.

    A week or less hardly passes ninshi naya out. Is there anything Hakainde is doing that Zambians do not know. He has beaten all the presidents in the world in as far as travelling is concerned.

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    • This Dubai journey marks 63 international trips which started on 20/09/2021 when he visited NY, in US.
      Contrasted, ECL in seven years did 37 outings, making it half of HH’s 2 years rate of gallivanting.

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    • He was rejected 5 times in a roll. Now he feels very welcome such that any invitation seems great to him. It’s only him that’s capable of everything. It’s only him that’ll cry the loudest in August 2026

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    • He is out to discover a new route to India. After that a new route to the West Indies, after that a new route to Japan, after that a faster route to the First World. The US, UK, Germany Presidents who have more money never travel as frequently

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  2. Arrogance at its best then he will say give him 10 years of travelling to judge him of his progress,meanwhile Zambians are suffering and when they comment he says you love TiK ToK

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    • I used to lambast Rupiah for his Vasco Da gama style. I didnt think anyone could be worse than him. The boy from Bweengwa has proved me wrong. Both are economists. Zambians next time lets vote for a Bus Conductor

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  3. I’m part of the 2.8m but our beloved leader should tone down on these trips. They can even cost you power, oh sorry you said you are not worried about losing power but disappointing Zambians.

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  4. Vasgo dagama and his insatiable ugly wlfe are off again on taxpayers money to shop and hide away illegal gold money in dubai. The Zambians who voted for this failure are the f00Iish ones. Dollar is almost 30. He has even stopped his press briefings kikiki. These are men who use graphs to figure out how to sexually satisfy their ugly wlfe

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    • @Kaizar Zulu
      Please just air your views and don’t insult Mutinta Hichilema..lets be civil…i know you’re a very good person

    • Anonymous I understand your point but if mutinta had any self respect or conscious for poor Zambians, she would advise her f00lish husband to change his ways

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    • @Anonymous and Mutinta is quite beautiful. I think Kaizar is too infatuated with the ex minister of broadcasting’s type

  5. One German president visits Zambia, a fortnight later the leader of the Strong and Free Zambia, travels to Deutschland. What is happening? Did Frank come to remind us that Hakainde must visit their country too as in the scratch my eyeBalls, I scratch yours too scenario? Welcome to travelling and globe trotting by our marketing officer.

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  6. WHAT ISTHE COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF THIS TRIP?
    EVEN BIDEN REFUSED TO ATTEND COP WHATEVER!
    TECHNOCRATS SHOULD BE ATTENDING THESE ANNUAL JAUNTS AND MAKE ALLOWANCES
    SERIOUSLY, WHAT HAVE WE GAINED APART FROM REAMS AND REAMS OF REPORTS TO GATHER DUST
    MEANWHILE BACK HOME, THE KWACHA: KAYA!

    • GRETA THURNBEG CALLED THESE COP WHATEVER GATHERINGS A LOT OF “BLAH, BLAH BLAH”
      A LOT OF TALK AND NOTHING MORE
      AND THERE WILL BE MORE NEXT YEAR AND THE FOLLOWING YEARS!

  7. So Mutinta Hichilema has traveled out of the country more than the vice President Nalumango….is Mutinta Hichilema now in the Cabinet???….Don’t we have any other government officials who can represent Zambia at a lower price rather than spending US$3 million dollars with a massive Presidential entourage

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    • Those are the privileges of a first Lady. Check most world leaders travel with their spouses. To balance your comment, please provide us with how many time former leaders have travelled with their spouses abroad? eg ECL?

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    • @MM
      Just because every leader is doing it or did doesn’t make it right…i thought HH said he was going to cut on international trips and use the money to develop Zambia..so HH is just continuing ECLs legacy

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  8. Apart from wasting tax payers money what comes out of all these nonsensical foreign trips…Definitely Mutinta Hichilema is now the Unofficial vice President of Zambia..am investing my hard earned dollars in Zambia is my investment safe??? am getting worried

  9. @ Zambia first
    All these meetings are useless…these Politicians just go there to make personal deals..Just like the UN General Assembly in New York…they just go there make hollow speeches and thats it..and drink expensive wines and sleep in overpriced hotels wasting tax payers money whilst the entire Presidential entourage goes shopping on Fifth avenue after getting massive allowances

  10. This man sure knows how to waste the Zambian taxpayers money and not do an earnest days work for Zambians:

    23/12/2023: Rome, Italy
    26/12/2023: Luapula Province, Zambia
    27/12/2023: Bweengwa Southern Province, Zambia
    28/12/2023: Lusaka, Zambia (opening some conference)
    29/12/2023: Lusaka, Zambia (entertaining USA CDC entourage)
    30/12/2023: Dubai, UAE

    At no point over the past one week has he even bothered to address the nation about the economic crisis that is currently prevailing in the nation.

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