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President Hichilema Holds Bilateral Talks with King Charles III Amid Zambia’s 60th Independence Anniversary

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President Hichilema and First Lady Mutinta Hichilema meet King Charles
President Hichilema and First Lady Mutinta Hichilema meet King Charles

President Hakainde Hichilema yesterday engaged in bilateral talks with His Majesty King Charles III at Buckingham Palace, reaffirming the deep-rooted relations between Zambia and the United Kingdom. The meeting comes as Zambia celebrates its 60th independence anniversary, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s history.

In a statement following the talks, President Hichilema highlighted the enduring support from the British people, expressing gratitude for their unwavering assistance over the years. “We thanked His Majesty and the British people for the unwavering support they have given the people of Zambia,” President Hichilema said.

Since assuming office in 2021, President Hichilema’s administration has prioritized an economic diplomacy-focused foreign policy, aimed at increasing investment and trade opportunities for Zambia. This visit to the UK aligns with that agenda, seeking to further open up the country to global economic partnerships.

Meanwhile Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mulambe Haimbe, has emphasized the substantial benefits of President Hichilema’s trip to the UK, countering speculations about the visit’s impact on regional relations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Responding to concerns from some political party leaders about President Hichilema’s travel coinciding with the inauguration of South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Haimbe clarified that Zambia had appointed an electoral observer mission to South Africa, fulfilling its responsibilities as SADC Troika Organ Chairperson. A credible representative attended President Ramaphosa’s inauguration, ensuring Zambia’s commitment to regional cooperation.

“I am of the strong view that the statement issued by our colleagues suggesting a deterioration of relations was mischievous and aimed at politicking on matters of diplomatic relations,” Minister Haimbe stated, urging critics to wait for the ultimate outcomes of such visits before drawing conclusions.

Minister Haimbe reiterated Zambia’s continued cordial relations within the SADC region and with the United Kingdom, emphasizing that President Hichilema’s engagements in the UK are geared towards areas of mutual benefit for both countries.

He called on citizens to reject politically motivated statements that could harm Zambia’s good relations with its partners, advocating for a balanced approach to political discourse in the nation’s best interest.

As President Hichilema continues his visit, the focus remains on fostering international cooperation and securing economic opportunities that promise to benefit the Zambian people and strengthen bilateral ties with the United Kingdom.

41 COMMENTS

  1. Zambia is back to being a colonised nation. Even the proceeds of corruption are primarily enjoyed by foreigners, as was even seen by the FIC report.

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    • Bilateral yakuti? The head of the british government is not King Chaos but the Prime Minister. If you want bilateral agreements you speak to Sunak not Chaos. This was just a feel good moment for the Third World President so he can show off to his village mates that “I met the King! I met the King! Imagine! Noone from Bweengwa has ever greeted him! I did!”

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    • I doubt whether HH has any rudimentary knowledge of the history of Africa, let alone Zambia. Is he aware that Britain pillaged, marauded, looted Zambia’s natural resources, and will not hesitate to repeat it? There’s nothing like “mutual benefit” when you’re dealing with former colonizers. They don’t see Zambia, or HH, as an equal. To them he’s just a useful puppet that they can use to have unbridled access to Zambia’s mineral resources. Don’t let their fake smile fool you. They still see you as beneath them. That’s why they loaded up African leaders on a bus like school kids when they attended the Queen’s funeral. Wake up.

  2. Since King Charles is a monarch and not really in government, it would have been good to be told what support he would render us. Just asking

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    • HH would have been better served attending Ramaphosa’s inauguration than meeting with HM King Charles, considering that Ramaphosa attended his. South Africa is economically more strategic to Zambia than the UK. If HH wins again, it is doubtful Ramaphosa will attend HH’s inauguration.

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  3. When you hear & see the west colonial masters praising me know that i have betrayed you said Samora Machel. My God !!!! Africans why do you think the pipo that raped your forefathers will love you? I moan….

  4. I live among white folks and i have seen how they hate black folks, stop this inferiority complex ba hh

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    • Why dont you live among black people…….?

      Better still, if you so mistrust white people, why dont you move back to zambia ??

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  5. This so called british monarchy family has their blood on their hands for what they have done to innocent pipo across the world.. and you hh you love them.. shame on you. Their wealth is bloody, God will judge harshly hh

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  6. You love being seen and being praised by these children of the devil, guess birds of the same feathers flock together. If there is a race in this world the devil has used to the core to destroy God’s pipo are whites

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  7. When you see me being praised by white folks just know that i have sold you out said Samora Machel

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  8. You british so-called royal family please give hh a honourary doctorate please he deserves it, he is the best president ever in our nation… this angers me. Only those who are liberal & pan-African like me will understand me here

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  9. Why was the President in England when he was supposed to be in South Africa for the inauguration of Ramaphosa? I thought the regional event was more important for Zambia. I think the leader of DRC was there, which begs the question why he was not there.

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  10. HH not only the best of all Presidents of Zambia, he is the bridegroom of our independence.
    He has much more important things for Zambia to do in Britain. Mind you, Zambia was born with a spoon in her mouth and as a bridegroom of our independence, he has all the obligations to thank Britain earnestly.

  11. At least in England he will not feel the pinch of load shedding….and please someone advise the new Minister for External Affairs that he must leave praise singing to the Chief Party Spokesman and not reduce himself to a cadre. Besides we have not forgotten the late, her hubby and the unborn child…we wish the President a safe journey back

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    • AAaah Kanshi thats why he went to the UK? To evade loadshedding! What a crafty Third World leader this one is!

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  12. I see above that SPAKA lifontini, no wonder you are poor. I live in the west to take atleast something they stole from motherland and i have invested heavily in Zambia. Will be back home after the next elections driving my exotic cars in Lusaka with no cockroaches asking primitive question act to where i got my monies, i have companies already operating back home, by the way i just received an American citizenship. The fact that i comment here does NOT make me to sink you poor & unexposed level

  13. I see above that SPAKA lifontini, no wonder you are poor. I live in the west to take atleast something they stole from motherland and i have invested heavily in Zambia. Will be back home after the next elections

    • IFIMBENUMA.You the greatest Fontini.Like Spaka asked,,why do you fear whites.At your age,dont you know that whites also oppress and can even hate their fellow whites?Euopean history is replete with tales of whites owning fellow whites as slaves.The two World Wars where largely tribal wars called Nationalism.Europeans do not speak English except the English.The Anglo-Saxons of northern Europe think of themselves as superior to the Slavic Europeans of Eastern Europe.They never love nobody,not even themselves

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  14. These are tired alliances. What have we taken TO the table. Is it always showcasing our stagemanship at foreign castles and palaces? Contrast that with the business delegations you receive here who — even with institutions to cater to their activity, always land at your state houses. Let’s examine ourselves and really begin to GIVE or take TO the table, as opposed to always being on the receiving end… monga vima ### cabe shuwa!

  15. While the president is still with the King of England, he should remind him that we need the bones of our ancestor, The Broken Hill man, back in Zambia. Why should those fossils be in London when they belong in Zambia

  16. Please learn one important lesson here even if we swap the whole Zambia go and occupy USA and those in USA come and stay here in Zambia I can assure you with 10 years we fail to run that US economy. While here Zambia will be shinning, what I’m trying to say people we need to do the follow:
    (1) Reduce beer drinking and parting let us spend 24 hours on productive projects and innovation
    (2) We had Livingstone motor car assemblers, Mansa batteries , Mwinilunga pineapple , let us revive all these and use technologies not complaining everyday.

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    • Well said Peace Maker,
      I can also add:
      ** Rover Zambia
      ** Dunlop Zambia
      ** Johnson and Johnson
      ** Serioes Ltd
      ** Three cooking oil manufacturing plants in Luanshya alone
      ** Nitrogen chemicals
      ** Ndola precious metals plant
      ** Zambia Railways world class workshop at Mununga Quarry,
      AND A PLETHORA OF OTHERS

  17. Zambians are left thinking for Bally to take the
    Trip to UK when the economy is on its knees.
    Was it really worth it when load shedding is
    At it’s peak?

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  18. Usual talks and self gratification. We are headed to nowhere. We have even stopped counting the number of useless trips that benefit the Zambian people. Never, never again should Zambians vote for someone with tribal inclinations.

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  19. Just wondering why he headed for the UK when he should have attended the inauguration of President Ramaphosa. Zambia and SA have strong historical links and our leadership have always worked with the ANC from when they were a liberation movement to this day. It does not look good to miss a wedding at your neighbor’s house and instead go a fruitless party far away at high cost! What will your neighbor think of you?

  20. @James Tucker, yes we were just fine till the West and IMF forced us to privatise with the help of you know who. The crooks who bought the firms just abandoned them knowing it would take us over half a century to recover and it’s coming to that. It’s almost impossible to creat jobs without manufacturing. Zambia was duped and dribbled into poverty

  21. The hypocrisy in some people is amazing, the medication keeping some of our people alive is western and American aid, Africans are dying in the English Channel and Mediterranean sea, if the west was so bad why don’t they choose somewhere better?
    Racism and tribalism are negative and are delusional and take away from our humanity.
    The tribalist thinks he is better than other people, but is quick to condemn other racial or ethnicities who stupidly think they are better than him or her? There is bad and good in all tribes and races. Poverty is our greatest enemy, hence the divisions.

  22. How do you have bilateral talks with the chief of the English people? The English chief is not allowed to meddle into politics. His job is only ceremonial. The secret weapon to soften the likes of 2H in handing over land without a sweat of fight.

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