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ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT TO ATTEND SUMMIT ON REFUGEES IN KAMPALA

LUSAKA, Zambian President Edgar Lungu will be among 500 delegates, comprising Heads of State and Goverment and representatives of various organizations, who will attend the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees to be held in Kampala on Friday, says Zambian Deputy High Commissioner (ambsassador) to Uganda Lawrence Njobvu.

Noting that Zambia has a lot to learn from Uganda on dealing with issues relating to refugees, Njobvu said Wednesday that the Uganda summit would provide a platform for countries like Zambia, which have been hosting refugees for a long time, to increase their focus on challenges facing displaced persons.

He told ZNBC News that President Lungu was expected to arrive in the Ugandan capital on Thursday morning would visit one refugee settlement before attending the high-level policy dialogue on Friday.

President Lungu was invited to attend the summit by his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni, who is co-hosting the event with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Uganda currently hosts more than 1.2 million refugees, the highest number in Africa and Njobvu said the Ugandan government has a good policy of re-integration of refugees which is now moving towards empowering them with land to work on.

He said Zambia, which had also been hosting refugees for a long time, could share its experiences at the summit. Zambia hosts more than 95,000 refugees, mainly from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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