President Lungu expected in Namibia Friday afternoon

President Lungu on his way to Mfuwe Airport on February 6,2015 -Picture by SALIM HENRY
President Lungu on his way to Mfuwe Airport on February 6,2015 -Picture by SALIM HENRY

Ttight programme awaits President Edgar Lungu in the Namibian capital Windhoek when he arrives for the silver jubilee celebrations of that country this weekend.


President Lungu is expected to arrive at Osiya Kutaku International Airport in Windhoek on Friday afternoon to attend the silver celebrations of Namibia and the inauguration of the third democratically elected President of Namibia, Hage Geingbo, on Saturday, March 21, 2015.


Zambian High Commissioner to Namibia, Sylvia Chalikosa, confirmed the development to ZANIS in an interview this morning.


Ms. Chalikosa also said President Lungu will be accompanied by among others, Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba.


She said President Lungu will attend a state banquet at the invitation of outgoing Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba.


President Lungu is on Saturday expected to attend a luncheon hosted by new Namibian President, Hage  Geingob, for all invited guests.


And Ms. Chalikosa said outgoing Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has also invited Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda, fourth President Rupiah Banda and former diplomat, Vernon Mwaanga.


The Zambian High Commissioner said the invitation of President Lungu and two former presidents by the Namibian government signifies strong ties that have existed between Zambia and Namibia since colonial times.


She recalled that Zambia assisted Namibia attain political independence adding that both Presidents Pohamba and Geingob once stayed in Zambia during Namibia’s independence struggle.


Meanwhile, Ms. Chalikosa has revealed that the Zambia government has opened a dry port at Walvis Bay which will facilitate a shorter rout to America and Europe for international trade.


Ms. Chalikosa however said her office will embark on a massive sensitisation programme for the Zambian business community to start using the Walvis Bay dry port which is more cost saving.