NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE European Union (EU) has maintained that it recognises President Lungu as the legitimately elected head of State and has urged all political players in the country to respect State institutions.
EU head of delegation to Zambia Alessandro Mariani said during a meeting with President Lungu at State House yesterday that political players, including political parties should to do their best to maintain harmony and not raise tension in the country.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists after the meeting that Mr Mariani was accompanied by seven other EU delegates.
“Mr Mariani said political players must try to bring all partners to a negotiating table on matters of national importance,” he said.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu and the EU delegation discussed a wide range of issues of common interest to both parties.
He said the EU delegation called for dialogue between the Patriotic Front and United Party for National Development (UPND) as the main political parties in Zambia.
Mr Chanda said the EU delegates emphasised that as friends of Zambia, they have the duty to bring to the attention of the President matters they think can damage the reputation of the country.
He said President Lungu regretted that some political players are engaging in activities aimed at damaging Zambia’s reputation and urged such people to stop doing so.
Mr Chanda said the EU delegates also talked about the arrest of UNPD leader Hakainde Hichilema but President Lungu told them that the matter could not be discussed much as it is in court and assured the delegation that the due process of the law would take its course.
“He made mention that discussing the matter would be endangering the independence of the judiciary,” Mr Chanda said.
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu assured the delegation of his readiness to dialogue with any persons on issues of national interest.