KELVIN CHONGO, Kampala
ZAMBIAâ€™S High Commissioner to Tanzania Judith Kapijimpanga says President Lunguâ€™s critics on foreign trips are ignorant.
Mrs Kapijimpanga said President Lunguâ€™s visit to Uganda is not an exercise in futility because it will help Zambia learn best practices on how that country is managing challenges such as power deficit.
Mrs Kapijimpanga said it is wrong for some politicians to criticise the trips which benefit the country hugely.
She said President Lungu must be supported by all as he works hard to improve citizensâ€™ livelihood.
The President is expected in Kampala today.
â€œIt is a very wrong notion to say that President Lunguâ€™s trips are not beneficial. People must stop criticising just for the sake of being critics,â€ she said ahead of the Presidentâ€™s to Uganda today.
Mrs Kapijimpanga said some peopleâ€™s criticism is premised on ignorance.
And Mrs Kapijimpanga says Zambia must take a leaf from Uganda and Tanzania, which have massive load shedding and have resorted to other sources of energy.
She said Zambia is not the only country faced with load shedding, noting that even Uganda and Tanzania have similar challenges, forcing people to use generators and solar power.
â€œWe can achieve this in Zambia as well by diversifying to other sources of power in the absence of hydro power,â€™â€™ she said.
Mrs Kapijimpanga is also an accredited high commissioner to Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Comoros.
And Mrs Kapijimpanga says President Edgar Lunguâ€™s two-day state visit to Uganda will help revive relations that had stalled between the countries, reports Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
Mrs Kapijimpanga said although Zambia and Uganda have been enjoying cordial relations, more needs to be done.
She said the Presidentâ€™s visit will revive the relations in a number of sectors.
Mrs Kapijimpanga cited the exchange programmes between the University of Zambia and Makerere University.
Among programmes lined up for President Lungu include a state banquet at State House in Entebbe.
The President will also meet the Ugandan National Chamber of Commerce before leaving for Zambia.
President Lungu will, among other activities, tour Quality Chemicals Limited, the only firm that manufactures ARVs in Africa.
KELVIN CHONGO, Kampala