SADC leaders heap praise on LUNGU


The SADC Heads of State and Government Summit closed door sitting in Gaborone, Botswana, has praised President Edgar Lungu for appointing a lady as Vice President.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda says the Heads of State and Government Summit is happy with President Lungu’s approach to gender equity following the appointment of Nalolo Member of Parliament Inonge Wina as first woman Vice President.

Mr. Chanda said this when he addressed Journalists on the sidelines of the 35th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana.

And Mr. Chanda has disclosed that Zambia has been found with a positive food balance following the looming hunger in the region due to poor rainfall.

Mr. Chanda also said the fall in the commodity prices at the international market is affecting all Countries in the region including Zambia.

He also said the summit has urged Countries in the region to be cautious with borrowing to avoid disturbing their economies.

On energy, Mr. Chanda said SADC Chairperson and Botswana’s President Ian Khama has noted that poor rainfall is wrecking havoc in the region.

He has praised Zambia and Tanzania for having sufficient cereals.

Mr. Chanda said intra trade is being encouraged but that Government will be cautious to avoid causing a deficit in case of poor rainfall in the next farming season.