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Applause for election of opposition MP to COMESA committee of elders

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) - Zambia has described the election of former Trade and Commerce Minister Felix Mutati as a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Committee of Elders as a sign of the confidence which the member states have in the country's political and governance system.

Mutati, who is an opposition member of parliament for the former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), was elected at the summit of COMESA leaders in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, last month.

Established by the COMESA Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Committee of Elders has a crucial role of preventive diplomacy on issues of peace, security and stability as fundamental pre-requisite for the attainment of sustainable development in the COMESA region and beyond.

Mutati’s election as a member of this high profile organ of COMESA is not only well deserved, but is also a source of immense pride and honour to the people of Zambia, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya said Tuesday.

Kapeya said government is confident that Mutati would represent the country effectively in this important regional assignment.

“On behalf of the government and people of Zambia, I convey our deep-felt appreciation to COMESA member states for the honour and privilege bestowed on Zambia through this election,” the Minister said.

Kapeya pledged that Zambia would use this position to work with fellow member states in fostering peace, stability and unity in making the COMESA region a prosperous and better place to live in.

Pana 12/03/2014