PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is on course in promoting unity and peace among the people and ensuring that the spirit of One Zambia, One Nation is embraced by all Zambians.
Speaking on arrival from Namibia yesterday at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, the Head of State said the themes of unity, peace and prosperity he was pursuing were the same being pursued by Namibia.
President Lungu said former Namibia president Hifikepunye Pohamba played an important role in promoting unity, peace and prosperity in that country and that the incumbent President Hage Geingob has showed willingness to continue on the same path.
He was speaking on arrival from Windhoek, Namibia, where he went to attend Namibia’s 25th independence anniversary and the inauguration of that country’s third president Geingob.
“I am on course when I talk about One Zambia, One Nation. They are doing the same…the outgoing president (Hifikepunye) Pohamba and the incumbent Hage Geingob are talking about the same themes we are talking about here: peace, stability, prosperity…,” he said.
The President said Zambia had been a peaceful country and hosted many freedom fighters from several countries in the sub-region including Namibia.
President Lungu said countries in the sub-region should build on the long standing and documented history of friendship and enhance it.
He said it was a “wonderful and fantastic moment” for him to attend celebrations of Nambia’s 25th independence and inauguration of President Geingob.
“What you need to know is that Zambia and Namibia have been friends as far back as 1964. Read more about the history of liberation struggles in the region and you will find that we housed most of those people for a long time: ANC, Swapo and Zanu and Zapu. So now it is time for us to build the friendship which was developed in those years of struggle to higher levels. That is what we are doing,” he said.
Mr Lungu noted that Namibia was doing extremely well in promoting gender and racial equity in decision-making and putting women and all races in positions of influence. The President was received by Vice-President Inonge Wina, Ministers Ngosa Simbyakula (Justice), Joseph Kasonde (Health), Vincent Mwale (Youth and Sport), and Mulenga Sata (at State House) and other senior Government and Patriotic Front officials.
President Lungu was accompanied to Windhoek by his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda and Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba and senior officials.