VISITING Rwandan President Paul Kagame has left Zambia for his country after launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG/C) sub centre for Africa in Lusaka.
President Kagame, who is the chairperson of the Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa, was in Zambia for a working day visit and left the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at about 14:00 hours aboard a Presidential challenger.
On hand to see off the Rwandan Head of State was Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji and his permanent secretary for International Cooperation and Relations, Chalwe Lombe.
Others were Rwandan High Commissioner to Zambia, Monique Mukaruliza, Lusaka province permanent secretary, Elias Kamanga, Zambian senior government officials including the Patriotic Front (PF).
Before departure, President Kagame and his entourage were treated to a quarter guard mounted by the Zambia Army and some traditional dances performed by Zambian cultural troupes.
Earlier in the day, President Kagame joined President Edgar Lungu and other international and local delegates who attended the launch of the Centre.
During the launch, President Lungu told the delegates that the successful implementation of the SDGs, is likely to address challenges of poverty and unemployment in member states.
The launch, which brought together over 200 government officials, international organisations, development financing institutions and experts from southern Africa and beyond, discussed, among other issues the major themes relevant to SDG implementation in Africa with focus on the sub-region.
The SDGC/A is an international organization that supports government, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
President Hichilema encourages resilience in agriculture amidst drought challenges
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)
UKA is not about Edgar Lungu, says Harry Kalaba
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)
Flags to fly at half-mast as Zambia mourns late Namibian President Hage Geingob in solidarity
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)