President Michael Sata on Tuesday addressed his Zimbabwean counterpart President Robert Mugabe as “grandfather” to the laughter of guests invited to the launch of preparations for the hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in the resort town.
“Comrade Sekuru (grandfather) Robert Mugabe was my boss and I was his youth. Your Excellency may I call upon you to deliver your speech,” Sata who is 75 years old said.
Mugabe who is 88 years and has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 sighed and laughed as he stood up to give his speech. He said; “The President of the Republic of Zambia comrade Michael Sata, muzukuru (nephew), grand, grand, grandson, Sekuru is grandfather.”
Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the UNWTO general assembly next year and the two neighbouring countries will become the only other African countries to host the general assembly after Senegal hosted the meeting a few years ago.
The signing ceremony on the No-Man’s land on Victoria Falls Bridge was attended by UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai, government officials from both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mugabe and Sata welcomed hosting the UNWTO general assembly encouraging local and foreign tourists to visit the two southern African countries which share the majestic Victoria Falls.