President Rupiah Banda says Zambia’s economic revival plan is on course contrary to negative reports being circulated within and outside the country.
Mr. Banda says he is aware of some people who have been spreading false statements that the country’s economy was headed for doom.
The President says the country’s economic performance is impressive as evident in the many programmes that his administration has put in place which were now bearing fruits.
He highlighted the different achievements with respect to the economy adding that his government had made a lot of progress in stirring economic development countrywide.
The President said in his address at a gathering of Zambians living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mr. Banda called on all Zambians to remain united and work towards developing the country.
He said all those who were spreading false statements and wishing his government failure were bent on dividing and destroying the country.
Mr. Banda urged all peace loving Zambians to condemn such people.
The President said his government will continue to develop the country on the foundation left behind by the late President Levy Mwanawasa.
And speaking earlier, Chairman of the Zambians living in Ethiopia Cosmas Mumba commended President Rupiah Banda for the quality leadership he has exhibited so far.
Mr. Mumba said President Banda’s good leadership skills were evident in the manner the country’s governance record has improved in the past one year.
He also commended the President for setting up a desk at State House charged with the responsibility of dealing with issues of the Zambians living in the diaspora.
He said Zambians living in the diaspora will now take advantage of the desk to invest back home.
The President is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 14 th Ordinary Session of the African Union which opened on sunday.
The three day summit has also witnessed the change of guard between outgoing chairperson Colonel Muhammar Gaddafi of Libya and Malawian president Dr Bingu Wamutharika .
Apart from political issues related mostly to the resolution of conflicts on the continent, the heads of state and government are expected to unpack the theme of the summit which has been widely viewed as one of the areas that holds a lot of potential for development on the continent.
The summit is also expected to discuss the report of the commission on unconstitutional changes of governments before considering adopting various reports, among them, the peace and security situation in Africa.
In addition, the summit will discuss the report of the ministerial meeting on the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The summit will also launch the AU flag and present awards to two African scientists who won the continental science prizes before climaxing into the 14 th ordinary session of the heads of state and government summit.