PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday arrived back home from South Africa where he was undergoing his medical review and expressed concern about the political situation in Burundi which has seen many of its citizens fleeing to Zambia.
President Lungu, who arrived aboard the presidential Challenger aircraft at 18:00 hours, said he was well and happy to be back home and called on Zambians to maintain peace because there was no place like home for every citizen including himself.
President Lungu said Burundians were running away from their country because that was what happened where there was lack of good governance and people were fighting.
He said all Zambians should be concerned with the situation in Burundi and that Government was going to do everything possible to help Burundians who were fleeing their country and entering Zambia.
Asked about the many Burundians fleeing their country and entering Zambia, President Lungu responded: “That is what happens when people fight and that is why as a country, we must maintain our peace. When we fail to govern ourselves, we shall also be running away but there is no place like home. I have come well and have come back home. But we shall see how best we can help the people running away from their country,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu travelled to South Africa last week for the 25th African Union summit where he showcased Zambia’s achievements in gender parity and called on African leaders not to make the appointment of women in decision-making positions a talk-show but a reality.
Special assistant for Press and public relations Amos Chanda said in a statement from Pretoria that President Lungu had completed his medical review and was due to return home.
While attending the AU Summit, President Lungu held bilateral talks with several other heads of state including President of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, King Mswati of Swaziland, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu also held talks with heads of two United Nations (UN) agencies; the UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNPFA) executive director, Osotimehin Babatunde respectively.
He said the head of State also addressed Zambians living in South Africa at a special dinner hosted in his honour where he told them that Cabinet had approved the dual citizenship clause as was proposed in the Draft Constitution.
President Lungu was accompanied by First Lady Esther, daughter Tasila, his special assistant for political affairs Kaixer Zulu and was welcomed at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila, Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga.
Other, on hand to welcome President Lungu was Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri and other senior party officials.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu is tomorrow expected to leave for Mozambique to attend that country’s 40th anniversary of independence.