President Sata holds talks with UN Chief

File: Sata with Ki-Moon at State House

File: Sata with Ki-Moon at State House

President Mitchael Sata has held a closed door meeting with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Both leaders are in Ethiopia to attend the 21st African Union AU Head of States and government 21st General Assembly
According to ZANIS in Adis Ababa the meeting between President Sata and the UN Chief was held on Sunday morning in the African Union Complex and lasted for about 25 minutes.
President Sata was accompanied to the meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister, Effron Lungu, and other government officials and attracted a horde of international journalists.
And briefing the press later on the security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he had traveled before going to the AU summit, Ban called for stronger political will from the AU leaders to help stop the violence in the war ravaged Eastern part of Goma.
The UN Secretary General said the people of Goma had endured prolonged suffering but that hope was near as he envisaged that joint efforts from regional bodies and the UN could contain persistent war that had contributed to loss of lives and population displacement.
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has appealed to President Michael Sata to commit all prisoners serving death sentence in prisons to life imprisonment.
FODEP Executive Director, MacDonald Chipenzi also commended the President for pardoning prisoners during the African Freedom Day commemorations yesterday.
Chipenzi said in a statement on Sunday that he is elated by the action the President has taken to `pardon the inmates while committing those on death penalty to life imprisonments.
He said FODEP is against death sentence saying this is why it also opposed its inclusion during the recently held National Constitution making conference.
it is clear that President Sata has exonerated himself and has made his position known through this action which he said is strong worded message of his view on the death penalty.
the action is in accordance with the scriptures and is also in line with the attributes of a Christian nation and people.
He said FODEP believes that it is not right for a Christian nation to be proponent of death through killing each other once is found guilty of an offense.
Chipenzi has also urged church,and society to welcome and integrate the pardoned inmates.