President of the German Parliament visited Lusaka

The President of the German Parliament Dr. Norbert Lammert visited Lusaka for the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference that took place from 19th to 23rd March 2016. He was accompanied by the Vice President of the Parliament Claudia Roth and a delegation of five Members of Parliament (MP).

In addition to the IPU programme President  Lammert met with the Zambian Vice President, H.H.  Inonge Wina and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Patrick Matibini. He also had discussions with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema, as well as representatives of churches and civil society organizations. The meetings focused on the current political and economic situataion in Zambia. President Lammert underlined Germany’s hope that the upcoming tripartite elections in Zambia will be free, fair and peaceful. He also stressed Germany’s readiness to continue to support Zambia in her ongoing fight against poverty. President of the German Parliament Lammert inspecting a water hole in one of Lusaka´s compounds Enlarge image President of the German Parliament Lammert inspecting a water hole in one of Lusaka´s compounds (© Bernecker/German Embassy)

To get an impression of the daily life and its challenges, the MP delegation also visited one of Lusaka´s compounds. Particular focus was put on access to water and urban sanitation issues while inspecting Manchinchi Treatment Plant. Parts of the MP delegation paid a visit to Lusaka Central Prison where they were familiarized with the daily operations in the prison and the infrastructural problem of severe overcrowding of the cells which are occupied up to more than 225% of the original capacity.  In addition, the MPs were able to gain an idea of the German-Zambian collaboration in different fields, e.g. wildlife conservation and culture. Zambian prisons are overcrowded up to 225% of their actual capacity Enlarge image Zambian prisons are overcrowded up to 225% of their actual capacity (© German Embassy) While the MPs were in Lusaka, the North Luangwa Conservation Programme conducted by the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife celebrated its 30th anniversary. The delegates also visited the exhibition on Zambian contemporary art that was recently hosted at the former building of the German Embassy.

IPU Degelation visits Lusaka

German delegates at a small shop in a compound in Lusaka