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Lungu meets, assures EU of continuity

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu yesterday held a closed-door meeting with six European Union (EU) ambassadors and assured them that there will be no policy shift if he is elected President in the January 20 poll.
The PF leader met British High Commissioner James Thornton, Finnish Ambassador Timo Olkkonen, Italian ambassador Pier Mario Dacco, EU head of delegation Gilles Hervio, Germany Ambassador Bernd Finke and Swedish counsellor for economic and political affairs Klas Ljungberg for an hour at Mr Hervio’s residence.
Mr Lungu arrived at Mr Hervio’s residence when he answered a breakfast call extended to him by the EU head of delegation at exactly 07:54 hours in the company of Kaiser Zulu, a former permanent secretary at State House.
“We assured the diplomats that foreign investment shall remain secure here when we take over Government,” Mr Lungu told journalists shortly after the meeting.
He said dialogue between Government and investors, especially those in the mining sector will continue so that a win-win situation is achieved.
Mr Lungu said security, rule of law and good governance will be sustained.
Mr Lungu also said the fight against corruption will remain a priority.
He warned that abuse of public resources will not be tolerated to ensure scarce resources reach the vulnerable.
Mr Lungu also said infrastructure development will remain a priority and that agriculture and mining will be attended to as well.
Mr Lungu said his Government will also tackle poverty and ensure that Zambians live dignified lives.
Mr Lungu, who is also Minister of Defence and doubles as Minister of Justice assured EU diplomats that dialogue between foreign investors, especially mining owners shall continue so that both Zambia and the investors can reach a “win-win” point.
According to a statement issued by the PF media team, Mr Lungu assured that unity shall be encouraged because he embraces both opposition and ruling party members so that Zambia’s peace can be maintained and to further strengthen the ruling party.
Mr Lungu also said crop and economic diversification will be encouraged under him so that the economy can grow beyond the current rate in order to reduce poverty and increase job creation
He expressed confidence that he will win the January 20 poll based on the “massive” infrastructure roll-out the PF embarked since it took over government in 2011, and also largely based on the overwhelming support he is receiving from within and outside PF.
The EU delegation said it is grateful that Mr Lungu was able to take time off his busy schedule to discuss with them matters of national importance as cooperating partners.




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