The United States Government has hailed Zambia’s January 20 Presidential election as a model of democracy in Africa.
The US government thinks Zambia’s just ended presidential election is an affirmation of the country’s entrenched culture of free and fair elections.
Speaking when she paid a courtesy call on President Edgar Lungu, on the margins of the AU Summit, US Under-Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the people and government of Zambia have something to be proud of in the manner the country conducts elections.
Ms. Thomas-Greenfield says Zambia’s elections are a model and that for her country elections are top on the agenda of cooperation with partners.
She says the US is therefore pleased the Zambian elections in which President Lungu was elected President were smooth, free, transparent, and fair.
The US Under-Secretary for African Affairs states her country will continue to support Zambia and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) because the country is a model of how to conduct elections and how to manage democracy.
She notes that her country is also happy that Zambia has continued to be an outstanding and shining example of a budding democracy other countries on the continent should emulate.
And President Lungu has applauded the relations that exist between Zambia and the US and that he looks forward to closer cooperation.
He has also reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to maintaining and strengthening the existing cordial bilateral relations and has also assured the US that Zambia will uphold the shared values of democracy and free market enterprise.
The President has also expressed gratitude to the American Government for its efforts and for donating USD 400,000 towards Zambia’s electoral process ahead of the January 20 polls.
He says as the Country’ new president he is aware that the mandate bestowed on him by the Zambian people should be used to serve people’s interests.
President Lungu states that poverty reduction through economic diversification, job creation, and prudent economic and social policies will be part of his priority areas.
This is contained in a statement released to Qfm News by the president’s special aid for press and public relations Amos Chanda.