FOUR Heads of State and four Vice Presidents are expected to come and attend the inauguration ceremony of President-elect, Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Vice President-elect Inonge Wina tomorrow.
Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary (PS) Lombe Chalwe told Journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that four Presidents confirmed their attendance.
Ambassador Chalwe said Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Botswana’s Ian Khama and John Magufuli of Tanzania were coming to Zambia to attend the inauguration ceremony of their colleague.
Amb. Chalwe named the Vice Presidents that were coming to Zambia as Paul Dlamini, the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland, Namibian Vice-President, Nicky Iyambo, Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima and Kenyan Deputy President, William Ruto.
Others who confirmed coming are African Union Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretary-General Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya and African Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) Chairman, Joseph Chilengi.
Dr Stergomena Lawrence, who is Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary as well as Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Pacific and Consultative Conference and International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) representatives have also confirmed their attendance respectively.
The PS disclosed that members of the advanced party teams have started arriving into the country while arrivals for Heads of States commences today ahead of the inauguration ceremony.
Meanwhile, Amb. Chalwe has disclosed that preparations at the Heroes stadium, the venue for the inauguration, have reached an advanced stage.
He said the venue would be ready for the event today and that various forms of entertainment have also been put in place.
The swearing-in ceremony for President Edgar Lungu and his running-mate Inonge Wina has been set for tomorrow 13th September, 2016.
Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima would swear-in Zambia’s sixth Head of State, Mr. Lungu.