Mozambique awaits Lungu today


EMELDA MUSONDA, Maputo, Mozambique
PRESIDENT Lungu is expected in Mozambique today to attend the country’s 40th independence anniversary celebrations scheduled for tomorrow in Maputo.
This is President Lungu’s first visit to Mozambique since he assumed office in January this year.
Zambia’s ambassador to Mozambique Japhen Mwakalombe said President Lungu will today attend a cultural event with his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi at the Cultural Centre of the University of Eduardo Mondlane.
Tomorrow, President Lungu will lay a wreath at the Mozambican Heroes Square in honour of Mozambique’s fallen heroes, who include the first president Samora Marchel, and first leader under the Portuguese government Eduardo Mondlane.
He will then proceed to Machava Stadium, where the main celebrations will take place, before being hosted to a luncheon by the Mozambican government at the Ponta Vermelha Palace.
Mr Mwakalombe said Zambia and Mozambique share warm and cordial relations, adding that President Lungu’s visit is proof of good brotherhood.
Mr Mwakalombe said the relationship between the two countries began before Mozambique’s independence when Zambia sacrificed a lot for that country’s liberation struggle. He adds that the peace accord between Mozambicans and the Portuguese was signed in Zambia.
Mr Mwakalombe further said President Lungu’s visit will enhance trade and the relationship between the two countries.
“The coming of the President is very important, and being neighbours, it is important that the President attends this function to enhance our relations and trade,” Mr Mwakalombe said.
He also said during the inauguration of President Nyusi, President Lungu assigned former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda to represent him.
The ambassador also pointed out that President Lungu and his Mozambican counterpart were both ministers of defence before ascending to the presidency and that the visit will be an opportunity to enhance their relationship.
Mozambique gained independence on June 25, 1975 with the late Field Marshal Samora Machel, leader of the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique as its first president.
The Zambian delegation to Mozambique’s Independence celebrations will include Dr Kaunda, who shared special relations with President Machel, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba and special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda.

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