Introducing President Hichilema EP President Roberta Metsola mentioned Zambia stands for example of a mature democracy for the entire of the African continent. Now greater than ever, within the present troubled geopolitical context and through Russia’s efforts to extend its affect in Africa, Zambia’s progress must be supported . President Metsola additionally reminded MEPs that again in 2017 Parliament adopted a decision condemning the incarceration of President Hichilema on politically motivated costs.
“Zambia is again in enterprise, within the Champions league”, President Hichilema mentioned, referring to the outcomes of nation’s most up-to-date elections. He reiterated Zambia’s dedication to place folks’s pursuits, reforms, free media, the rule of legislation, youth and training on the prime of his political agenda. He advocated for enhanced Africa- EU cooperation, extra commerce, and extra alternate of information.
“We categorically say no to the conflict in Ukraine. It is tragic and heart-breaking to witness the 1000’s of lives misplaced and tens of millions displaced unnecessarily, because of an avoidable battle in Ukraine”, President Hichilema mentioned, whereas talking about peace and safety on this planet. He added that the affect of the conflict is felt in his nation within the type of greater gas, meals and fertilizers costs, and he urged all events to focus extra on bettering the lives of individuals, not waging conflict. President Hichilema additionally supplied his assist in overcoming meals shortages.
President Hichilema additionally expressed his profound gratitude for the help of the European Parliament for him and for Zambia throughout his incarceration and the darkish days of Zambia’s democratic growth. “I stay indebted to you for standing up for human rights and freedom of all folks in Zambia”, he mentioned.
You can re-watch the formal tackle by President Hichilema here.