Zambia Current Affairs
President Ram Nath Kovind embarked on three-nation official state visit to African countries of Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia from April 7 to 12, 2018. It will be first-ever visit by any head of state of India to Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland. Indian President’s visit to Zambia will be taking place after 29 years.
The visit will help to further deepen relations between three African countries. It will be overall President Kovind’s visit third visit to African continent since he took office. Earlier in March 2018, President had undertaken two-nation visit to Madagascar and Mauritius.
Key Highlights of President’s visit
Equatorial Guinea: The visit comes at invitation of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. President Obiang will also host fficial banquet lunch for President Kovind. Indian President will address the Indian community at a reception organised by Embassy of India.
Swaziland: President Kovind will be received by King of Swaziland, Mswati-III. He will hold delegation-level talks with the Swazi officials. President Kovind and King Mswati-III will jointly inaugurate Information Technology Centre located in Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP).
Zambia: President Kovind will be received by his Zambian counterpart Edgar Chagwa Lunguand. Later he will have delegation-level talks with Zambian side. He will also have interaction event with Indian community and addressing business event.
Edgar Lungu has sworn in as Zambia’s sixth President.
He was declared elected as President in elections held at 24 January 2015 to replace the late Michael Sata, who died in office in October 2014.
In this election his ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) won with a narrow margin by securing 48.33 percent of total votes over his rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).
He will be in office and lead southern African nation for the remainder term of Sata’s until next a general election scheduled in September 2016.
Edgar Lungu is former defence minister from the Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF).