PRESIDENT of the Republic of Kazakhstan Dr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says his country remains committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Zambia.
President Tokayev made the remarks when he received Letters of Credence from Zambia’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan, on a non-residential basis, Mr. Shadreck Luwita at the Akorda Presidential Palace in the capital Nur-Sultan.
President Tokayev who congratulated Mr. Luwita on the official start of his diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan, wished him success in further strengthening his country’s bilateral relations with Zambia.
President Tokayev noted that despite the distance in geographical location for some countries, promotion of friendly bilateral ties is cardinal in international relations because the world is now a global village.
President Tokayev also expressed his country’s commitment towards the development of international cooperation in order to achieve positive results for both parties.
He said Kazakhstan stands ready and determined to establish close bilateral relations with Zambia within the framework of international organization as well as the United Nations mechanism.
And Ambassador Luwita said Zambia has continued to enjoy very cordial bilateral relations with Kazakhstan since it gained independence in 1991.
Ambassador Luwita noted that in 2017, when Kazakhstan bid to ascend to the United Nations Security Council as non-permanent member, Zambia supported its bid.
“You may equally wish to know that the key objective of Kazakhstan foreign policy is similar to that of Zambia’s foreign policy in that one of the key drivers is economic diplomacy,” Ambassador. Luwita said. “It is in this regard that the Government of Kazakhstan has embarked on a serious industrialization programme just like Zambia.”
Ambassador Luwita, who is also Zambia’s envoy to Russia, said Zambia has embarked on the diversification of the economy by encompassing among other sectors agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.
Ambassador Luwita said with Zambia’s quest to industrialize, he will during his tour of duty encourage bilateral exchanges of technocrats for benchmarking from Zambia into Kazakhstan to enable them draw lessons from that country’s implementation of its industrialization programme.
“This was one of the key issues which His Excellency President Tokayev alluded to in his statement that each country can come up with programmes with Kazakhstan in order to forge a win-win situation in this regard,” said Ambassador Luwita.
This is according to a press statement issued
The Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
PF withdraws adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo
THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has with immediate effect withdrawn its adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo who had earlier been adopted to contest the forthcoming Chifubu Parliamentary elections on the party ticket.
The party has instead adopted Kondwani Winga popularly known as ‘major’ to contest the Chifubu parliamentary elections.
Secretary general, Davies Mwila said in a statement that the changes have beennecessitated by some consequential information and developments that have come to the attention of the party’s Central Committee concerning the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
“I am hereby directing all our Party structures in Chifubu Constituency and the Copperbelt Province to support and work with Mr. Kondwani Winga and ensure that we maximise the Presidential Vote,” he said.
Yesterday, some residents in Chifubu Township protested against the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
Adoption of visually impaired candidate, Dr. Thomas Mtonga, elates BSLT
BORN Short Living Tall (BSLT) Zambia has welcomed the adoption of Thomas Mtonga, a visually impaired person to stand as Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Chasefu constituency in the Eastern province during the forthcoming General Elections.
BSLT executive director Ntalasha Chisha said the adoption of Mr Mtonga, a lecturer at the University of Zambia gives hope to the cries of differently-abled persons.
He further said the adoption is a victory for differently-abled not only in Chasefu but elsewhere.
“We are calling on the people of Chasefu to rally behind him not because of his physical appearance but because he is a human being like any other who can represent the people and deliver,” Mr Chisha.
He also congratulated the PF for showing a great example to all political parties by choosing Mr Mtonga, the organization feel will be a great voice for the masses of differently-abled persons once elected in Parliament.
Mr Chisha further said his organization will pay nomination fees to adopted persons living with disabilities as a way of showing them support as it wants issues affecting differently-abled persons being represented by the affected persons themselves.
“Mr Mtonga’s adoption is indeed a game changer and we wish him all the very best in his campaigns,” he said.
The Body of late H.E. Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Zambian ambassador to Turkey returns home today
THE body of late Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the Republic of Turkey, Joseph Chilengi, will arrive in Lusaka today at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard a Turkish Military Aircraft at 20:30 hours.
According to a statement issued, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti said President Edgar Lungu has since accorded Dr Chilengi an official funeral.
He said the burial will take place on Monday May 17 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka preceded by a funeral church service at Miracle Life Church in Roma Township off Zambezi Road at 10:00 hours.
Dr Miti said President Lungu has to the effect declared Monday a day of national mourning in honor of Ambassador Chilengi.
“During the period of national mourning all flags will fly at half-mast while activities of entertainment in nature should be suspended from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Members of the public are further advised that in line with the public health guidelines on preventing the further spread of Covid-19 at public gatherings, attendance at the Official Funeral Church Service and burial at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park has been restricted to 250 invited family members and representatives of the Government,” he said.
Ambassador Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention.
(Picture by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)