President Michael Sata is expected to travel to Uganda on December 15th, 2011 to attend a meeting with other presidents.
Sata has been formally invited to attend the Great Lakes Region summit that will discuss mechanisms to end gender-based sexual violence, including Female Genital Mutilation in Kampala.
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) member States are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo, Tanzania and Khartoum –Sudan. Zambia is a special member.
Sata’s attendance is particularly crucial as he is the chairperson of the ICGLR and he is expected to handover the chairmanship to Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
Sata automatically became chairperson after he took over as president of Zambia from Rupiah Banda as the country, not person is said to be the chair.
Uganda’s foreign for Gender Rukia Nakadama told journalist that the likely resolutions of the meeting will require International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) member States to enact laws to stop gender-based sexual violence.
The new nation of South Sudan will also be admitted as a new member.
The meeting will also discuss security situation in the region, with the focus on negative elements in DR Congo and LRA rebel activities in Central African Republic.
The two-day conference will be preceded by the First Ladies’ Summit on December 11.