While begging for financial aide from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Edgar Lungu has just acquired a new plane.
It’s not yet clear if Lungu has outrightly purchased this plane or he has hired it but what is clear is that he just returned from a test flight to Swaziland. And all this is your tax money which is supposed to build Zambia.
And the Watchdog is reliably informed that the plane has come with two white pilots at an extra cost to Zambian tax payers. And when he arrived from Swaziland, Lungu abandoned using vehicles which he always does; he flew by Chopper to State House despite his motorcade being at the airport waiting.
As you read this, the government is in the process of building a new state house for Lungu. Lungu and his huge entourage were in Swaziland to take selfies with King Mswati’s mother and make allowances while testing their new plane. See below the rubbish and empty statement issued by Amos Chanda as the reason Lungu went to Swaziland.
STATE HOUSE – EZULWINI, SWAZILAND
20th July 2017
JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE STATE VISIT TO THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA: 18TH TO 20TH JULY, 2017
1. At the invitation of His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, undertook a State Visit to Kingdom of Swaziland from18th to 20th July, 2017.
2. During the official talks, held at the Lozitha Palace, both Heads of State, accompanied by their respective delegations reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues wherein they expressed satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relations existing between the two countries, founded on long standing historical, political, economic and cultural ties.
3. In this regard, the two leaders recalled and agreed to rekindle the strong bonds of friendship that existed between His Excellency Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the First Republican President of the Republic of Zambia and late His Majesty King Sobhuza II of the Kingdom of Swaziland.
4. His Majesty the King commended Zambia’s development efforts based on a people centred approach and the commitment by His Excellency Mr. Edgar p Lungu to lead the people of Zambia to prosperity. His Majesty King Mswati III particularly noted the impressive infrastructure development programmes taking place in Zambia.
5. His Majesty the King observed that there was a need for the two countries to explore areas of cooperation and the potential for trade as well as share information, exchange experiences, best practices and visits, and acknowledged that there were many Zambians in the Kingdom of Swaziland who were contributing to thedevelopment of the Kingdom.
6. His Majesty the King stated that the Kingdom of Swaziland was making progress following on the AU Agenda 2063 and SADC programs under its vision 2022 to become a First World Nation by 2022.
7. His Majesty the King called for African countries tostand together and manage their resources and emphasised the need to find African solutions to African challenges.
8. His Majesty the King observed that energy was key to the industrialisation agenda and expressed the Kingdom’s desire to learn from Zambia’s experience in developing other sources of energy such as coal, bio-fuel, and solar.
9. His Majesty the King stated that climate change andfall army worms had affected the SADC region in particular, the Kingdom of Swaziland and expressed the Kingdom’s desire to learn how Zambia managed to successfully fight the fall army worms. His Majesty the King identified trade opportunities for the Kingdom to import maize grain from Zambia given that Zambia had a surplus and the Kingdom of Swaziland had a deficit.
10. His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia commended His Majesty King Mswati III for his able stewardship of the region in his capacity as Chair of the Southern African Development Community.
11. His Excellency the President recalled the Kingdom of Swaziland’s steadfast support to the Frontline States efforts during the liberation struggle in Southern Africa by allowing freedom fighters passage through its territory.
12. His Excellency the President noted that Zambia and the Kingdom of Swaziland signed CooperationAgreements in the past that need to be reviewed. In this regard, His Excellency the President called for the revival of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation and to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries, which would also serve as a vehicle to accelerate regional integration.
13. His Excellency the President expressed Zambia’s desire to emulate the Kingdom of Swaziland’s emphasis on culture as a way of life noting that the two nations have shared deep-rooted traditional similarities in particular those from the Eastern and Western parts of Zambia. He further indicated his wish for the two countries to cooperate in this area including the management of traditional structures.
14. Both leaders emphasised the need for African countries to speak in one voice on the reform of the United Nations Security Council during the forthcoming UN General Assembly in September, 2017, in New York.
15. In conclusion, the two leaders reaffirmed the need to enhance bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries and the region as a whole.
16. At the end of the visit President Lungu toured the Swazi Milk High-Tech Dairy Farm and the Simunye Sugar Mill.
Done at Ezulwini
20th July, 2017