By Bruce Chahwanda
ZAMBIA’s President Elect, Hakainde Hichilema held a meeting with SADC ambassadors accredited to that country ahead of the inauguration ceremony slated for this Tuesday.
The meeting with SADC accredited ambassadors to Zambia comes a few days before Hakainde Hichilema’s inauguration, with Zambia’s focus on deepening economic ties with other African countries.
Zambia and Zimbabwe are already working on the implementation of the Batoka energy project which is expected to generate 4000 Megawatts of electricity to curb power deficits in the two countries.
At the meeting, which was attended by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Zambia, Charity Charamba, the incoming Zambian leader, Hakainde Hichilema noted the need for the Batoka energy project take off for the benefit of the two countries.
“I pledge to strengthen Economic relations with African countries and as a new kid on the block I seek ways of deepening trade ties with many African countries. Relating to Zimbabwe, we need to speed up the Batoka Project in order to generate electricity for both our countries that are usually faced with power cuts,” he said
Zimbabwe and Zambia are often referred to as siamese twins, as they were under a federation during the liberation struggle.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be among other African Heads of State and government to witness the inauguration ceremony of President Hichilema this Tuesday.
Hichilema emerged as the winner in the general elections held recently in Zambia after garnering over 2.8 million votes against the incumbent President Edgar Lungu’s 1.8 million votes.