Monday, April 15, 2024

Zambia Congratulates Vaughan Gething on Becoming First Minister of Wales


Zambia extends heartfelt congratulations to Vaughan Gething on his election as the First Minister of Wales, marking a historic milestone as the first Black leader of a government in the United Kingdom.

President Hakainde Hichilema congratulated the new First Minister of Wales, born in Zambia, Vaughan Gething, on his election to the highest office in his country.
“We look forward to enhancing bilateral relations between Zambia and the UK. Longyfarchiadau ar eich swydd newydd, da iawn. (Congratulations on the new job),” President Hichilema said.

Gething’s election as the government leader follows his recent victory in the contest to lead Wales’ governing Labour Party. His ascent to the highest office in Wales was sealed with 27 votes out of 51 in the legislature, the Senedd, where Labour holds the majority.

Wales, with a population of approximately 3 million, constitutes one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, alongside England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. While the British government in London oversees defense and foreign affairs, regional administrations in Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Belfast govern areas such as education and health.

Gething’s political journey has been notable, having served as Wales’ health minister during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently as economy minister, grappling with significant challenges such as Tata Steel’s plans to close blast furnaces at its Port Talbot plant.

Assuming leadership amidst turbulent times, Gething inherits a government often at odds with the Conservative administration in London. His leadership will navigate issues ranging from economic recovery to environmental protests, reflecting the diverse array of challenges facing Wales.

Gething’s historic achievement resonates deeply with his personal journey, born in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, in 1974. His family’s relocation to Wales saw him grow up in Dorset before returning to Wales as a student at Aberystwyth University. Despite facing challenges, including political divisions, during his university years, Gething’s amiable nature and resilience left a lasting impression on his peers.

His election as Welsh Labour leader underscores his dedication to public service and marks a significant moment in Wales’ political landscape. Zambia celebrates Gething’s achievement as a testament to the values of diversity, inclusion, and leadership, wishing him success in his new role as First Minister of Wales.


  1. It’s Britain working to build a multicultural society that the colonial project so spectacularly failed to build. Change happens.

    • It’s not the first in Europe. It actually behooves Europe to do this given how much pain it has inflicted on other parts of the world in spite of being home to the Catholic Church and other religious denominations such as the Anglican Church.

    • @Gunner in Zambia, I thought you were going to mention another European leader born in Africa. However the issue you have raised is for another day. But next time you go for an exam, don’t carry your own questions. Stick to the questions provided by the invigilator.

    • Stopping being cheap, jealousy and envy is not good for your health. It takes away from your good self, mind you nephew’s, niece’s, uncle’s and inlaws are gathered here.
      I have a suggestion for you, why don’t you send him a sample of one of your products and let’s see what happens.

  2. The political culture here is not the same as in Zambia. In the UK individuals are elected in compliance with the rules of elections without compromise. In contrast with Zambia, one just need to see the calibre of some MPs in parliament. Shameful, they can not dress, debate any matter let alone conduct themselves befitting an MP. Why? elections are not executed in compliance with the law. Half of MPs in parliament should not have been in the house. So, Vaughan Gething would not be effective to Zambian politics.

    • Look at what I posted above. I concluded by saying that change happens. Not too long ago in the UK, someone like Vaughan Gething would not have been considered for high political office. And now look at what has happened. The same society that produced slavemasters also produced a Wilberforce.

  3. Let Zambians learn something here, let’s focus on content. In Zambia we have street politics, no substance at all. Just look at some of the comments here.

  4. I would like to have mandatory education for the masses in Zambia. People have no focus, no skills just full emotions and illogical decision making antics. As many of you have noticed, Zambians can not stick to the topic, majority do not research or use data to inform their decisions. Everything is emotions and prayer. I propose to hard work and not prayer, laziness and corruption.

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