President Lungu meets Zambians in USA

 
President Lungu and First Lady Esther Lungu join Zambian’s on the dance floor during the Meet The President Dinner at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016.  Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
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Zambians living in the diaspora have been advised to air their grievances through the Ministry of Foreign affairs and other relevant government institutions if their concerns are to be addressed.President Lungu gave the advice when he met Zambian nationals living in America during a “Meet the President Meeting” in New York last evening.

The Head of State assured the Zambians in diaspora that his government will treat all Zambian nationals equally regardless of their base.

President Lungu disclosed that his government has provided for a clause for dual citizenship and urged interested citizens to follow up the matter with the ministry of home affairs.

He however cautioned Zambian nationals living abroad to be disciplined and follow the laws of the host countries.

Mr Lungu also advised Zambians to remain united and reflect on some countries that have failed to maintain peace and see for themselves the anguish citizens of such countries are going through.

“Lets remain as united Zambians, you have seen how other countries have been without unity. For those who want to be here for good, I have made it for you through the provision of a clause in the constitution to enable your dual citizenship,” added President Lungu.

President Lungu also dispelled the issue of tribalism and regionalism as vices only promoted by some politicians during campaigns and that tribalism will end when people become united regardless of where they come from.

He however, explained that tribalism does not exist even among political leaders, in social gatherings such as football matches, drinking places and marriages among others.

The President stressed that there is equally no province that is tribal but only certain individuals.

President Lungu further noted that nobody will ascend to the position of republican president on tribal lines and that people can only ascend to the presidency only when they are embraced by the majority across the country.

Earlier, Permanent Representative of Zambian Mission to the United Nations Mwaba Kasese Bota in her congratulatory message to President Lungu’s re- election noted that democracy is a game of numbers as such president Lungu scored the majority hence retaining the presidency.

Dr Bota said her office has a good working relationship with the over 500 Zambians living in the diaspora who are also keen to work with the PF administration to foster development.

And, Zambians in Diaspora Community Chairperson representative Cynthia Chirwa told President Lungu that Zambians in the diaspora have embraced the One Zambia One Nation motto and want peace, unity and development to flourish in Zambia.

Dr. Chirwa also thanked the president for allowing the dual citizenship clause in the constitution as it will help Zambians living abroad participate fully in the national affairs of the country.

Zambian’s follow the proceeding’s Meet The President Dinner programme at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

President Lungu interacts with Zambian’s based in USA during the Meet The President Dinner at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

President Lungu congratulates First Lady Esther Lungu after she spoke during the Meet The President Dinner Programme at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

President Lungu speaks during the Meet The President Dinner at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

President Lungu talks to Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe (C) and Acting Zambia’s Ambassador to the USA Joseph Chilaizya during the Meet The President Dinner at Croatian Church, Cyril and Methodius and St Raphael Catholic Church in New York on Sunday, September 18, 2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

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