President Museveni commends Zambia for her contribution to the independence struggle in Southern Africa and also to Uganda’s liberation.
“Zambia didn’t only contribute to the independence struggle in Southern Africa but she also helped a great deal in the liberation of Uganda,” he said.
President Museveni made these remarks last evening during a State Banquet that he hosted at State House, Entebbe in honour of President Edgar Lungu of Zambia who began a 3-day State Visit to Uganda yesterday at the invitation of President Museveni.
Apart from Zambia, Mr. Museveni also saluted Tanzania and Botswana, the frontline states that spearheaded the fight for our freedom from colonialism in 1960s.
He appreciated Zambia and her people for hosting many Ugandans who sought refuge there when Uganda was not peaceful.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Uganda to strengthen further the relations between Uganda and Zambia.
During the banquet, President Museveni introduced to President Lungu, Mama Miria Obote, widow of former President Milton Obote and her son, Hon. Jimmy Akena, the Lira municipality MP and self-procliamed Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president.
President Edgar Lungu, on his part, thanked President Museveni for the gracious invitation and welcome that has been accorded to him and his delegation.
He said that Zambia cherishes the warm and cordial relations existing between the two countries.
The Zambian leader further commended his host on the positive strides that Uganda has taken in development as a result of his sound policies and able leadership, the resilience and determination of the people of Uganda.
He said that Zambia will borrow a leaf from Uganda in her efforts to solve challenges such as youth unemployment, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment which, he observed, require a concerted effort to ensure the attainment of sustainable development.
President Lungu highly appreciated the role Uganda, under the leadership of President Museveni, is playing to ensure that there is peace and stability in Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR), Burundi and South Sudan.
He expressed confidence that visit will further strengthen and deepen cooperation between Uganda and Zambia.
He re-affirmed his commitment to increasing trade levels between Uganda and Zambia to maximize the potential of both countries.
The banquet was attended by Vice-President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Commander of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, among others.