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Zambia’s politics great

CHOMBA MUSIKA & STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’S political tranquillity has gained another feather in the cap with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn commending the country’s peaceful transitions of power from one political party to another.
And Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda says Zambians and Africans in general will for generations to come benefit from the bilateral relations being forged between President Lungu and the Ethiopian government.
Mr Desalegn said Zambia’s political stability is worth emulating by other African countries and that it is a testament that democracy is alive on the continent.
The premier was speaking to journalists in Lusaka yesterday after laying wreaths at Embassy Park on the graves of late presidents Levy Mwanawasa, Frederick Chiluba and Michael Sata.
“I see that democracy in Zambia is growing from time to time with smooth transition of power each time there is an election like after the death of two republican presidents [Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Sata].This is a deep reflection of democracy,” he said.
Mr Desalegn is impressed that Zambia is a shining example of a nation promoting the tenets of democracy.
He was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta, Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe and other senior government officials.
Mr Desalegn, who arrived on Tuesday, is in the country on a three-day State visit.
His visit is expected to strengthen bilateral relations between Zambia and Ethiopia.
And Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda says Zambians and Africans in general will for generations to come benefit from the bilateral relations being forged between President Lungu and the Ethiopian government.
Dr Kaunda was speaking when Mr Desalegn visited him in Lusaka yesterday.
“Your interaction with President Lungu and the government will produce fruits that will benefit Ethiopia, Zambia and indeed Africa.
“What you have come to do now will affect generations to come,” Dr Kaunda said.
Dr Kaunda said relations between Zambia and Ethiopia started a long time ago because of that country’s Emperor Haile Salassie’s keen support for Zambia’s independence.
And Mr Desalegn said it is an honour for him to meet Dr Kaunda, who he cherishes as a Pan-Africanist and an inspiration for him and many other African leaders.

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