Lungu advises African countries against fighting

Effron Lungu

Foreign Affairs Minister, Effron Lungu, says it is important for African countries to solve their differences amicably without resorting to war.

Speaking in Havanna today when he met African Diplomats accredited to Cuba, Dr Lungu noted that if one country in the region was unstable, the instability spreads to other countries.

He said it was because of this reason that African countries should solve their problems amicably instead of resorting to war.

He also called on African countries to guard their peace jealously by ensuring that power is always gotten through the ballot.

‘’We have had challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia belongs to the Great Lakes region and it is at the core of it to see to it that peace prevails in DRC,’’ he said.

Earlier before meeting the African diplomats accredited to Cuba, Dr Lungu called on Cuba to continue implementing various projects in the country.

Dr Lungu said he was aware that Labiofam, a Cuban firm specialised in the production of various products, including animal vaccines, was already working closely with the Veterinary Department at the University of Zambia.

He said the Patriotic Front (PF) government will look at possibilities of enhancing the already existing relationship.

Dr Lungu has since urged Cuba to continue working together with the Zambian government and revive the already existing projects in the country.

Earlier, Labiofam Commercialising Enterprise General Director, Pablo Garcia, said his organisation was not only willing to provide service but also to train Zambians and build a market that can not only be used by the local people but also other countries.

He cited an example of Tanzania where the Cuban government has transferred its knowledge by building a plant in Tanzania that would be commissioned in October this year.

Dr Pablo said his organisation had already undertaken the training of Tanzanians in Cuba and China in readiness or the opening of the plant.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister, Effron Lungu, has commended the Cuban government for making it possible for Zambian doctors to train in that country.

Dr Lungu said this when he visited the Latin American School of Medical Sciences where nine Zambian students are currently studying.

He said Zambia still had challenges in the medical field and he has since appealed to Cuba to provide more scholarships in medicine.

He, however, hoped that Zambian students being trained in that country would go back to Zambia upon completion of their studies to assist in the medical field that currently had challenges in the number of doctors.

Speaking earlier, Director of Latin American School, Rafael Leon, said the University was officially opened in 1999 with the idea of training doctors with low resources so that upon graduation, they could go back to provide services to their respective countries.