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President Hichilema to participate in the second edition of the Dakar Summit on Agriculture in Senegal

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is today scheduled to travel to Dakar, Senegal for a three day Agriculture summit.

The Head of State will participate in the summit from tomorrow, January 25th, up until Friday, January 27th, 2023.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Stanely Kakubo said the trip is at the invitation of the President of that country Macky Sall.

He said in a statement that Mr Hichilema is part of a select Committee of African Heads of State who are tasked to ensure Africa mobilises cheaper capital funds for the Agricultural inputs and value chain investment.

“President Hichilema will therefore join 18 other Heads of State and Government at the second edition of this important Summit, convened in collaboration with African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR) where the African Development Bank is expected to announce its Compact Fund to support structural transformation in agriculture in countries such as Zambia,” he said.

Mr Kakubo stated that during the Summit under the theme, “Feed Africa: Food Resilience and Food Sovereignty”, the President will participate in Presidential High Level Roundtable discussions on agriculture ,food security and integration.

He said President will as well as preside over the presentation of Zambia’s Compact on Agriculture, which outlines the country’s potential and strategies for development of the sector, in order to attract investments from to private sector stakeholders, multilateral organisations.

“The participation of the President in this meeting is therefore crucial in order to shore up the Government’s ongoing efforts to create opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships in the Agriculture sector, with key industry players, in recognition of it being a major source of livelihood for the majority of the Zambian people.The Government, under the leadership of President Hichilema, has continued to seek investments towards climate smart agriculture in order to enhance food security, ensure resilience of livelihoods and respond to the effects of climate change,” he said.

Mr Kakubo added that on the margins of the Summit, the President is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with other leaders and heads of key international organisations.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023)

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President Hichilema encourages resilience in agriculture amidst drought challenges

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has urged citizens not to lose faith in agriculture despite the challenges posed by drought in certain regions of the country.

The President said the drought being experienced this year is a wakeup call to have more resources channelled into irrigation and water harvesting.

The Head of State has since called for more investment into the energy sector which hosts and helps give life to other sectors of the country.

Speaking during an Economic Governance Training for cabinet Ministers, President Hichilema said it is prudent to invest in the energy sector which helps uplifting other sectors.

“My appeal is that despite the poor season this year, do not walk away from Agriculture. Let us irrigate,” he said.

And President Hichilema said training of cabinet ministers will help uplift skills set through knowledge sharing of the public sector, private sector and outsourced partnership from South Africa.

He advised the attendees to take a leaf of how Singapore uplifted itself from a poor state to a great nation.

“Secretary to the cabinet, I will send you back to Singapore. I was whispering to the Vice President that I want you back. This time I want you to take a few permanent secretaries, few directors and few procurement officers. Walk them through on how we accepted to be left behind and hopefully when they come back, they can meet a wider public,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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UKA is not about Edgar Lungu, says Harry Kalaba 

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OPPOSITION Citizens First (CF) leader Harry Kalaba has said the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) is not about former President Edgar Lungu’s agenda to return to state house.

Earlier this month, a number of opposition parties among them, former ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) announced an alliance with the view of wrestling power from the United Party for National Development (UPND).

However, critics have branded UKA as a marriage of convenience with the sole purpose of pushing Edgar Lungu’s bid to return to power in 2026.

However, Mr Kalaba who is a member of the alliance has said people are mistaken to think UKA is about Mr Lungu.

“The mistake people are making is that this alliance thing, they think this about president Edgar Lungu they think, this is about the PF,” Mr Kalaba said when he appeared on Phoenix FM’s Let The People Talk.

Kalaba said UKA is the people’s agenda and had it been about the PF, he would not have joined them.

“If it was just about the PF, I would not have been part of it. This is beyond the PF and the detractors want to boil it down to say ‘it is a PF agenda’. It is not a PF agenda, it is a people’s agenda.

“We are not going to abandon the people’s agenda because the people we did not agree with in the past have also come on board,” Mr Kalaba said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st February, 2024)

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Flags to fly at half-mast as Zambia mourns late Namibian President Hage Geingob in solidarity

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has declares two days of National Mourning in honour of late Namibian President Hage Geingob.

The Head of State has further declared that, as a mark of respect for late President Geingob, all flags in the country should fly at half-mast, with effect from today, 21st February 2024 to Sunday, 25th February 2024.

“In addition, the Republic of Zambia will observe two days of National Mourning on Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th February 2024, which will be the memorial service and the burial service days, respectively, of His Excellency, Mr. Hage G. Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia,” Sectretary to Cabinet Patrick Kangwa said in a statement.

Mr Kangwa added ,”While mourning with our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Namibia, the Nation is hereby notified accordingly”.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st February, 2024)

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