Statement by Emmanuel Mwamba Zambia outgoing Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–/Emmanuel Mwamba/ –This morning I took time to see off Zambians that the were being evacuated back home for cautionary and safety purposes.

I wish to express gratitude to His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic, who has evacuated the Zambians resident here in Addis Ababa.
We also wish to thank the leadership of the Association of Zambians (AZE) led by Dr. Peter Mumba and Mr. Milimo Ngululu for their hardwork and cooperation.
We wish to thank the teams at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Hon. Stanley Kakubo, and the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) who responded with speed and urgency on the matter.
Zambia is the first African Country to do so
Following rising insecurity in Ethiopia.
As the insecurity was noticed recently, last week we dispatched our female diplomats, spouses to our diplomats and their children to Zambia.
We also urged Zambians residents here to seek permission from their employers and return home on a voluntary basis.
We have a community of about 84 Zambians, mostly professionals, diplomats and their families.
But as uncertainties rose, His Excellency, President Hichilema directed that the community be evacuated to a place of safety.
On Tuesday 9th November, thirty one (31) Zambians were dispatched on a chartered flight from Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa to Lusaka.
Those that have remained are senior officers and extremely essential staff especially during this period.
And at their places of work they enjoy conditions of emergency evacuation to a place of safety.
Others belong to institutions such as the Church.
The bass will remain open manned by a skeleton but essential staff.
Government would evacuate them if the situation deteriorated any further.
The African Union is engaged in heightened diplomatic engagements to ensure that the parties involved in this conflict are brought to a table of dialogue and a lasting solution is found.
God bless Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น
God bless Zambia ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
God bless Africa ๐ŸŒ