President Edgar Lungu’s visit to Uganda will restore bilateral
relations between Zambia and Uganda which had stalled for over 10
years, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania and Uganda Judith Kapijimpanga has said.
She said President Lungu’s visit was symbolic because the last official visit was made in 1999 by President Fredrick Chiluba.
According to the High Commissioner, President Lungu arrives today at Entebbe airport before proceeding to Kampala the capital city for an official State visit up to Saturday. The High Commissioner said the last visit by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to Zambia was in 2004 in President Levy Mwanawasa’s administration.
“We are calling it symbolic because this is the revival of our relations which we had stalled. Zambia and Uganda still enjoy a very warm and brotherly relationship,” she said.
Ms Kapijimpanga said the relationship between Zambia and Uganda was currently being serviced by the High Commissioners which are both residents in Tanzania.
“We further wish to revive our joint permanent commission which has not been held in a long time. The President will also visit a chemical factory. This factory is a chemical and drug factory which is the only one in the region and maybe the entire continent which is producing and manufacturing Anti
Retrial Viral Drugs (ARVs),” she said.
Ms Kapijimpanga said visiting the ARVs manufacturing factory might help Zambia to be able to get drugs from another neighboring country once President Lungu saw what was going on in the factory.
“We want to see our Zambian scientists coming to visit that factory to see how far we can go in that regard,” she said. Ms Kapijimpanga said the joint permanent commission between the two countries would focus on education, health and security.
“Issues to do with exchange programmes between our two universities were there a long time ago but this also something that we would like revive. We would like to have exchange programmes between the Makerere University and University of Zambia,” she said.
The high commissioner said there were intentions by Zambia and Uganda to collaborate in defence and security exchange programmes such
as defence colleges and police exchange programmes.