President Michael Sata has opted for some ‘breathing’ space away from Zambia by going to officially open Mogoditshane Secondary in Botswana, during his first state visit abroad beginning today till the 21st March 2012.
According to a statement posted on the Botswana Ministry of Foreign Affairs website Sata will undertake a three-day State Visit at the invitation of His Excellency Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana.
The two leaders will hold ‘official talks’ where they will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern.
There will also be discussions on the Levy Mwanawasa initiated construction of a multi-million dollar Kazungula bridge over the Zambezi River. The JICA and the World Bank funded bridge project is scheduled to be commissioned next year.
It is not clear whether Sata will also endorse Foreign Affairs Given Lubinda’s message to Zambians living abroad to continue staying in diaspora when he (Sata) meets them.
Zanis reports that Sata left this morning at 08:53 aboard a Presidential Challenger at Lusaka International Airport accompanied by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chella.
He was seen off by now Acting President Alexander Chikwanda, Vice-President Guy Scott and Service Chiefs.