First Lady, Esther Lungu has arrived in Los Angeles USA for programs aimed at cementing relations between Lusaka and the City of Los Angeles as twin Cities.
The first Lady is in California under the Umbrella of the Esther Lungu Foundation to launch the beginning of collaboration between the Los Angeles City Fire Department and the Zambia fire and rescue service.
Mrs. Lungu says the move to solicit support in fire-fighting mechanism from the Los Angeles – Lusaka Sister City Committee, a relationship of more than 50 years, has been necessitated by inadequate fire-apparatus in the country.
The first lady says it is disheartening to see women and other vulnerable groups in trading places such as markets lose their livelihood through infernos that have been sweeping trading places in Lusaka and other parts of the country.
Mrs. Lungu says women and vulnerable groups are at the core of her organization’s existence and that marginalized groups deserve the support of all well-meaning people to sustain their livelihood.
While in Los Angeles, the first Lady is expected to receive a donation of four fire-fighting apparatus from the Los Angles – Lusaka Sister City Committee worth about 47 point 6 million kwacha which includes shipping and other requirement to deliver the equipment to Zambia.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Los Angeles – Lusaka Sister City Committee, Ernestine Robertson, said her committee is looking forward to enhanced relations between the two Cities aimed at improving fire-fighting apparatus in Zambia to enhance confidence for oth local and foreign investment.
And Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local government, Amos Malupenga, Praised Mrs. Lungu for her relentless efforts to have the fire apparatus come to Zambia.
The Los Angeles – Lusaka Sister City Committee was established in 1967 and reaffirmed in 1979 when the former mayor of the City of Los Angeles, the late Tom Bradley, met Zambia’s founding father Dr. Kenneth Kaunda in Lusaka.
The organization has been supplementing government efforts in uplifting the living standards of vulnerable groups through Microfinance programs and clean water supply projects in Lusaka and selected parts of the country.