President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has urged all political actors in Zambia to submerge their individual and partisan preferences for the common good in the development of the country.
And the Ghanaian leader has urged Zambia to pay retired teachers from his country.
He said developments in Zambia, and the political tension that characterised the last election, where the margin of victory for the winner was some 100,000 votes, have left many worried because Zambia is one of democracy’s success stories on the continent.
His visit to Zambia, however, the President stated, is “not come here to pass judgement, neither have I come here to find out who is right or who is wrong.”
The President indicated that “I have come here to say that, as political actors, whether in government or in opposition, we should prove to the world that we respect the rule of law and are willing and able to submerge our individual and partisan preferences for the common good in the development of our countries.”
He continued, “We should demonstrate that it is not the ambitions of Mr. A or Mr. B, neither is it the fortunes of party X or party Y, which we seek to advance.
“The stability and progress of Zambia, and, indeed, of all our countries, and the enhancement of our democracies should be the paramount consideration that must guide every action of Zambians and all of us Africans in our respective countries.”
President Akufo-Addo was speaking at a State Banquet held in his honour by Edgar Lungu, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, when he made this known.
Pensions for retired Ghanaian teachers
Whilst thanking the people and successive governments of Zambia for the hospitality extended to Ghanaians resident there over the years, President Akufo-Addo raised for the consideration of the relevant authorities a matter which has been outstanding for some time.
“This involves the longstanding issue of the non-payment of pension monies due to a group of retired Ghanaian teachers, who have contributed towards educating a large segment of the Zambian society.
It is time that this issue was satisfactorily resolved, and my information is that, happily, positive efforts are now being made towards that end. Let the end come soon”, he added.