Lungu’s Aide tries to justify big DRC Delegation

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President Edgar Lungu’s Press Aide Amos Chanda has tried to justify his Boss’ large delegation to DRC.

Zambian Delegation attending a funeral of DRC opposition leader

Following an outcry that amid austerity economic measures President Lungu has announced, he is doing the opposite by leading a huge delegation to a funeral of the late DRC opposition leader.

In an article below, Chanda has laboured to justify the trip:

By Amos Chanda

In any difficult economic period, people are easily irritable but I can assure you in terms of the “unspoken nuances” and “ intricacies” of international diplomacy, the massive “hidden benefits” of good neighborliness, this trip would have justified even a larger delegation.

This is the first trip to the DRC by H.E President Lungu since he assumed power in 2015! Need I say more!

In this delegation, there are three provincial ministers (Luapula, North Western and Copperbelt) whose territories border the DRC; the only female gender in the delegation is Livestock & Fisheries Minister Hon Kampamba Mulenga ( DRC remains one of Zambia’s largest livestock and Agro markets).

Yes, Etienne Tshisekedi was an opposition leader who died two years ago, but whose son is it that is now president there? How would President Lungu not honour a special invitation from sister nation without any good reason.

Yes, we in austerity time, but there are certain crucial matters of state that would always be an exception. This was a hugely necessary gesture at state -to- state level.

On the sidelines of the state funeral, President Lungu held tripartite talks with his DRC host and H.E Dennis Sassa Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville. In this meeting the President was accompanied by relevant ministers in the delegation.
And in terms of the inviolability of the “principle of reciprocity” in diplomatic practice, this one day trip was a necessary reciprocal act to honour the DRC president’s visit to Zambia early last year.

Within this year the increased positive exchanges between Zambia and DRC will assure the two peoples of the necessity of sisterhood of these two nations.

(The author is special assistant to the President for press and public relations.)

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One Response to Lungu’s Aide tries to justify big DRC Delegation

  1. On what grounds did all the useless provincial ministers need to attend the funeral?
    A little intelligence is a dangerous thing. You can tell Amos Chanda thinks he sounds intelligent. But he sounds like a pompous, entitled, out of touch CLOWN.
    Meanwhile, Zambians continue to suffer, the economy is in serious free fall, but ah well – semi literate PF fools held ‘tripartite’ talks in DRC. And what were the results of said talks, Amos Chanda??? That would be far more useful information than his foolish pontificating.

    newbie
    June 3, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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