HH confers with foreign envoys


UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday met four foreign envoys to Zambia where it was resolved that there is need for all the political parties to have fair access to State-owned media in Zambia.

Those who met Mr Hichilema included German ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke, European Union representative Gilles Hervio, French envoy to Zambia Emmanuel Cohet and Norwegian ambassador to Zambia Arve Ofstad.

This is according to a press statement released by the Embassy of Germany.

Mr Hichilema and the four envoys also exchanged views on the current political and economic situation in Zambia.

The meeting also discussed the challenges of the electoral process and election campaigning in Zambia, as well as the constitutional reform process.

The ambassadors stressed their continued interest in an open dialogue between the Zambian Government, opposition parties and civil society representatives.

They underlined the important role of the opposition as an integral part of a democratic society and an indispensable contribution to a system of checks and balances.

Reflecting on recent and upcoming election campaigns, the ambassadors reiterated the importance of a level playing field for all candidates.

The ambassadors also echoed the importance of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of movement for all political parties and their respective candidates.

And commenting on the manner in which the media in Zambia had been operating, the ambassadors said there was need for fair access to State-owned media.

The ambassadors also reiterated their support for an independent and impartial electoral commission.

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