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Rwandan President Paul Kagame is tomorrow expected in the country

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THE President of Rwanda Paul Kagame is tomorrow expected in the country on his state visit.
And President Hakainde Hichilema and Mr Kagame are expected to sign seven memoranda of understanding between Zambia and Rwanda in various sectors.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo has confirmed in a media statement.
Mr Kakubo said Mr Kagame will undertake a state visit to Zambia, in Livingstone from 4th to 5th April, 2022.
He said during the visit, the President Hichilema and Mr Kagame will hold bilateral talks where discussions will focus on matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels.
Mr Kakubo said the bilateral talks will be followed by the signing of seven memoranda of understanding between Zambia and Rwanda in various sectors.
“This will promote the consolidation of ties between the two countries.
Zambia and Rwanda share longstanding bilateral relations, which are anchored on shared values and mutual respect.
The two countries have continued to strengthen bilateral ties through the exchange of high level visits as well as the establishment of the Joint Permanent Commission which is aimed at reviewing and strengthening cooperation in areas including; Foreign Relations, Trade and Industry, Tourism, Agriculture, Sport, Science and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Research and Development, and Gender, among others,” he said.
Mr Kakubo said Zambia and Rwanda collaborate at regional, continental and international levels through the joint membership at the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the African Union, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
He said President Hichilema has emphasized the need to leverage the opportunities for intra-African trade, investment and tourism to ensure the resilience of economies and industries.
“Therefore, the visit will provide an opportunity to share best practices in areas targeted for progress. This is an important part of the Government’s approach, which places great value on working openly and collaboratively with a range of partners to unlock new opportunities for the country and its citizens,”Mr Kakubo said.
He said government is working to deliver a more conducive environment for local businesses to flourish and create jobs adding that President Hichilema’s government is keen to emulate Rwanda’s success in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as it pursues universal and affordable Internet coverage for Zambians.
“In tourism, Rwanda has effectively positioned itself as an international business destination through its intensive marketing efforts and Zambia remains open to creating synergies in this sector. To this end, His Excellency President Kagame’s visit is expected to reinforce the bilateral relations, and further strengthen partnerships and cooperation at multilateral level in furtherance of common development aspirations, based on mutual benefit for the people in the two countries,” he said.
The Minister said President Kagame is expected to depart on Tuesday 5th April, 2022 immediately after his engagements.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd April, 2022)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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