Mkapa expected in Lusaka

President Rupiah Banda has held closed-door talks with former President of Namibia Dr. Sam Nujoma at State House where they discussed a number of issues, according to State house spokeperson Dickson Jere.

 The President hosted Nujoma who arrived in Zambia on Friday for a three-day visit. Nujoma and his delegation also spent time to study the various policy interventions which President Banda put in place to safeguard jobs in the mining sector at the peak of the Global Economic Crisis.

 “President Banda and his Government have been hailed by the international community, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for having handled the economic crisis very well and consequently safeguarded tens of thousands of jobs in the mining sector.

Nujoma left Zambia on Sunday after the meeting with President Banda and other senior Government Officials.

 Meanwhile, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa is expected to arrive in Zambia for consultation with President Banda who is also chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGL). Mkapa is among the two mediators who were appointed by the ICGL to negotiate and mediate on various conflicts in the region.

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