President Lungu arrives in Mozambique

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to Mozambique on Thursday, March 17,2016
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to Mozambique on Thursday, March 17,2016

The Presidential challenger jet carrying Mr Lungu arrived at Maputo International Airport around 16:00hrs local time accompanied by several government officials.

Among those accompanying the President were his Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, Political Advisor, Keizer Zulu and Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone.

At hand to receive President Lungu were Zambia’s High Commissioner to Mozambique, Paul Lumbi, Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, Energy Minister, Dora Siliya and several Mozambican officials led by their Foreign Affairs Minister, Oldemiro Baloni.

Mr Lungu, who is in Mozambique on a state visit, later held a closed-door meeting with his Mozambican counterpart, Jacinto Filipe Nyusi at Ponta Vermelha State House.

And Mr Lungu is today Friday, March 18, expected in Nacala with President Nyusi, to inaugurate the Nacala Hydro Power sub-Station project and inspect the Nacala Port where most of Zambia’s goods are imported and exported through.

Zambia is expected to import power from the Nacala power station in the near future to cushion the serious electricity deficit she is facing due to low water levels at the Kariba dam for power generation.

And Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba revealed that President Lungu and President Nyusi held very fruitful bilateral discussions.

Mr Kalaba said the discussions between the two Presidents ranged from peace and security, strengthening economic ties and exchanging technologies in the energy and agricultural sectors among others.

Meanwhile, Zambia and Moazmbique have signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs).
The MoUs singed between the two neighbouring countries are in the energy, agricultural and transport s sectors.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba , Energy Minister Dora Siliya and Zesco Managing Director Victor Mundende signed the MoUs while Pedro Kuso, Oldemiro Baloi, and Mateoz Magals endorsed for the Mozambican government.

Speaking to journalists during a joint press briefing after signing the MoUs, Mr Kalaba and his Mozambican counterpart, Oldemiro Baloi, noted that the MoU on energy concerns the importation of power from Nacala and construction of a coal power station that will generate 1,200 megawatts where Zambia will also tap electricity from.

On the agricultural sector, Mr Kalaba, said the MoU includes the procurement of 15,000 metric tonnes of cashew nut seedlings from Mozambique for distribution to Zambian farmers for local consumption, local market and export.

He added that while the cashew nut project will create wealth and job opportunities for Zambians, the two countries will also strengthen farm mechanization and technologies in various crop varieties.

In the transport sector, Mr Kalaba said ways will be found to strengthen the utilization and modernization for effective use of the Nacala railway line which connects Zambia through Chipata and Nacala Port from which many Zambian goods are exported and imported through.