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Zambia’s mining prospects bright – Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu flanked by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba. The President arrived in Addis Ababa for the AU Summit yesterday. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA/STATE HOUSE.

ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka & EMELDA MWITWA, Addis Ababa
PRESIDENT Lungu says prospects for Zambia’s mining sector are good because of many factors such as a cordial relationship that exists between investors and the government.
And Zambia has obtained the majority vote to win a seat on the 15-member Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU).
President Lungu said in Lusaka yesterday that the future of mining looks brighter than before in the country because the government has put in place most of the benchmarks that constitute a vibrant mining industry.
“I think the future of mining in Zambia is bright.  I will be studying the findings of the report [by a team of experts appointed to carry out an audit of mines] and I think we should work out the way forward based on the outcome,” he said.
President Lungu was speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka shortly before departure for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
He said the relationship between investors has been blossoming in Zambia and hoped that it continues.
On his AU summit assignment, President Lungu said he is impressed with the theme of the summit, which is about human rights with emphasis on women’s rights.
Meanwhile, President Lungu arrived in the ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last night.
on hand to recieve the president and his delegation was Ethiopian minister of state Motuma Mekassa, Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta, ministers of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba, Justice, Ngosa Simbyakula and Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo.
Bole airport was a hive of activity yesterday as most leaders of the 54-member state body started arriving for the summit.
The summit will officially open tomorrow.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said before departure that violence breeds violence.
He said those agitating violence should expect nothing but violence from the people.
“Violence breeds violence.  Me, I will give love and in turn they [people] will also give me love and if you give people violence you will receive violence,” he said.
President Lungu was seen off at KKIA by government officials, among them Vice-President Inonge Wina, Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda and minister of Youth and Sports Vincent Mwale.
Meanwhile, Zambia has obtained the majority vote to win a seat on the 15-member Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU).
The country has also been chosen to host the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the AU in Lusaka.
Zambia, which was bidding for election to the Peace and Security Council along with other AU member states, is the only country that got a vote from each of the 52 countries that voted in the AU Executive Council assembly at the continental body’s headquarters here.
Briefing the media after the elections yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said the Executive Council has demonstrated confidence in the country because it has always advocated peace and harmony as opposed to civil strife.

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