PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have called for an end to conflicts in the Great Lakes Region and other African countries, which have seen many citizens fleeing their countries to seek peace elsewhere.
President Kenyatta arrived in the country yesterday and held bilateral talks with President Lungu at which they discussed a range of issues including combating of terrorism, poverty, hunger and disease, vices that have continued to cause untold misery and suffering to the people across the African continent.
The Kenyan Head of State said Africa must reject the demagogic agendas that some foreign groups outside the continent were trying to impose on the people of the continent.
President Lungu said he was deeply concerned with the political instability in Burundi that has seen Zambia become home to more than 300 refugees fleeing their countries.
President Lungu said he was happy that President Kenyatta was an ardent believer in democratic tenets and the respect of the rule of law and assured the Kenyan Head of State that Zambia was doing her best in promoting democracy, rule of law and the respect of human rights.
Mr Lungu said the struggle for democracy and good governance that President Kenyatta was pursuing should be emulated by other African leaders.
The President said political instability was not only a burden to the people but that it was affecting the performance of the economies in the continent.
“The fight against terrorism is one thing that is close to us. Whether terrorism is as a result of religious beliefs or it is political, the fact is that it impacts on the peace and stability of Africa. We are happy that Kenya has been doing well and it is our hope that the situation in Burundi should not erupt into anything further than we have already seen. We must always respect the supreme law of our lands as leaders and if we want to change our laws of governing, we must do so peacefully. As Zambia, we have committed ourselves to peace and democracy and people are more important than leadership,” President Lungu said.
He said many people were running away from their countries and seeking peace in other countries because of the failure by the
leaders to dialogue adding that Zambia was hopeful that peace and
stability would return to Burundi and the Great Lakes Region. The President said Zambia and Kenya were enjoying warm diplomatic relations and that the meeting between the two leaders was to further relationship of the people of the two countries. And President Kenyatta said terrorism was being perpetrated by criminals whose aim was to impose what he termed demagogic agenda on the people.
The Kenyan President said African leaders must work closely in dealing with the extremists who were working at dividing the people on the continent stating that African leaders should never allow to terrorists to impose their agenda on the people.
President Kenyatta said peace and stability was critical to the
achievement of the economic expansion of the Continent adding that
there was need for Africa to improve trade within itself.
“Terrorism does not know any boundaries and we must combat it. Peace
and stability are critical to the economic progression of Africa and
that is why we must work closely to eliminate terrorism. We cannot run
away from bringing peace to our nations and this draws me to the
reality of terrorism. It is a crime that does not know boundaries and
terrorism is being perpetrated by criminals who want to impose their
demagogic agenda on our people and we must therefore work closely to
deal with the extremists who are dividing our people,” President
He said Africa was exporting jobs by exporting its raw materials and
called for value-addition to the raw materials so that African could
benefit from their natural resources.
President Kenyatta is today expected to officiate at the Zambia
International Trade Fair in Ndola.