President Edgar Lungu heads to Zimbabwe, Inonge Wina to Act

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) talks to George Sitali(left) Prof.Stephen Simukanga(second left),Bernard Chiwala (third left) in Mfuwe on Thursday,February 5,2015. The Engineering Institution of Zambia (E.I.Z) presented a National Transformation Strategy to indutrialise Zambia. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) talks to George Sitali(left) Prof.Stephen Simukanga(second left),Bernard Chiwala (third left) in Mfuwe on Thursday,February 5,2015. The Engineering Institution of Zambia (E.I.Z) presented a National Transformation Strategy to indutrialise Zambia. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

President Edgar Lungu has delegated his authority to Mrs. Inonge Wina, Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia to discharge functions of the office of President from 6th February 2015 till his return from Zimbabwe. The delegation of power is pursuant to Article 39 of the Constitution of Zambia.

The President leaves for Harare this morning for a day’s trip to pay traditional courtesy call on the chairman of SADC, President Robert Mugabe. He will return to proceed with his retreat to conclude the formation of government.

This is contained in a statement issued to media by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.

And President Lungu has made four new appointments to the Foreign Service and challenged the appointees to justify their postings by delivering efficiently.

The appointments, which will take effect upon the receiving countries’ acceptance of the nominees’ credentials, are as follows:

Mr. Humphrey Chibanda: Ambassador-Designate to France (Chief of State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba: Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia (former Information Permanent Secretary)
Dr. Solomon Jere: High Commissioner-Designate to Nigeria (former Deputy Inspector-General of Police)
Mrs. Brenda Muntemba-Sichilemba: High Commissioner-Designate to Kenya (former Commissioner of Police)

The President has emphasised that he was in a hurry to reposition Zambia in international affairs and he therefore expects robust performance from all Zambian envoys serving abroad.

“I expect very high performance from all those serving in the Foreign Service and will not tolerate misconduct and laziness from anyone. We are in hurry to deliver.”

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69 COMMENTS

    • Travel well Mr.President, please tell that dictator to retire and not just thanks for the support he gave to your campaign

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    • I don’t like any of these appointments, i don’t think these people being sent in foreign service qualify to represent Zambia.

      Jere and Muntemba should have been left in the police service, they like what they do.

      As for the talkative Mwamba, i’m just glad he will be out of the country. I dont like that chap.

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    • I have a bad taste in my mouth about Lungu more so, the incoherent way he is going about with his appointments.

      Irregular and a bad taste. He doesn’t still any confidence in me whatsoever, he has no aura about him, it is like giving a car to someone without a driving licence t, you not quite sure it was a good thing to have had done, but you hope it works out well.

      I am 27 years of and I can see through him. He seems too exited but is trying to stay humble. He is not candid, genuine , sorry he is a mountebank (I hope that is the right spelling) for me

      Thanks
      BB2014

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    • To console the recently embarrassed Mugabe. Lungu deserves better associations than this old selfish dictator.

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    • It will not be wise for HE Lungu to appoint Kambwili and those who stood against him. These guys are power hungry and they will use their minstrial positions to position themselves for 2016. Let the fight for it as back benchers.

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    • No!!! He lost balance due to a fold in the carpet!!!! Our hero is still going strong!!! Why make a big deal on a simple fall? Bakoswe imwe!!!

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    • We entirely support this working holiday your Excellency. Clean up the mess both in Government hospitals, Government Agents and institutions that will make your Government deliver serious development now and beyond 2016 to the expectations of your people. Zambia is not just Lusaka and am sure you are more than informed that a lot of people did not support your effort when it mattered most and these should not pretend to be good to you toady simply because you are now in State House.

      There are many young men and women who were with you through hard times whilst most big bwanas in higher offices had their legs in two camps and supporting your enemies.

      This is time to reflect and put your devoted and loyal team to work.

      God bless you your Excellency.

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    • I hate to agree with Mushota for a change

      “Irregular and a bad taste. He doesn’t still any confidence in me whatsoever, he has no aura about him, it is like giving a car to someone without a driving licence t, you not quite sure it was a good thing to have had done, but you hope it works out well.”

      This man is not instilling any confidence at all!

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  1. He is at it again, same old story of selecting people for foreign missions from the ‘family forest’; the same people who turnished the image he is talking of repairing – talk of solving the problem by the same method used to creat it! A-Lungu; nichiyani kanshi?

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    • I agree with Junior. APTA being made for the foreign service are well dodgy! Former police officers as diplomats. Zambiam mwasebana kwena. These people aregoingto represent the country. For goodness sake appoint career diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Raise Zambia’s International profile! President Lungu himself said in the last 3 years the pu try’s profile has gone down!

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    • I’m happy this propagandist has been sent abroad and will remain there till elections.
      I was worried because i thought he was going to be employed at the ministry of information.
      No more lies against HH.

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  2. Dr Jere Congrats. Don’t disappoint us there. Keep the Chizzy metal burning. Once chizzy metal always chizzy metals, hot and strong Nsimbi ya Germany mdala

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  3. This is a list of Zambians indeed, no room for jealousy , let them go
    and serve Zambia abroad.

    I wish them God`s blessings.

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  4. Now it shows that ZWD niwaboza maningi!!! ananena kuti Emmanuel Mwamba anakana appointment!!!!

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  5. IT IS A SERIOUS BREACH OF DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL TO ANNOUNCE THE COUNTRY OF ACCREDITATION BEFORE THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY IN NOTIFIED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUES AN AGREMENT: MEANING THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THAT COUNTRY HAS ACCEPTED THE APPOINTED PERSON TO GO AND SERVE THERE AS HIS COUNTY’S REPRESENTATIVE. THE COUNTRY OF ACCREDITATION RETAINS THE RIGHT TO REJECT THE APPOINTEE. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS A SERIOUS BREACH OF DIPLOMATIC ETIQUETTES. I AM A FORMER DIPLOMATE, SO I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. KNOWING THE PROCESS INVOLVED, I AM CERTAIN THAT RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES OF ACCREDITATION HAVE NOT EVEN YET RECEIVED THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE APPOINTMENTS FROM THE ACCREDITING COUNTRY, NAMELY ZAMBIA. IT IS AN EMBARRASSEMENT TO BOTH COUNTRIES.

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    • Former diplomat(e) (sic), it’s your grammatical and spelling errors that are an embarrass(e)ment…

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    • Diplomatic etiquette does not feature in Zambia. It is a shame that diplomats are being sent out without a clue about etiquette.zambia is on its knees. It is not just a question of. Getting on a plane. In fact the diplomats holding positions should not have been recalled. Except in extreme cases. It’s huge expense to the country for just 18 months. The government has to repartriate and it is not cheap. And people will be uprooting their families for 18 months.

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  6. @MANO MABULWA.WHO TOLD YOU THAT THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES HAVE NOT ACCEPTED?REQUESTS WERE SENT LAST WEEK AND ACCEPTED.NAMIBIA WAS THE FIRST WHO ACCEPTED CHALIKOSA.

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    • @ Kiki

      Read again:

      “…The appointments, which will take effect upon the receiving countries’ acceptance of the nominees’ credentials, are as follows:…”

      Therefore either you pretend to know, or just another member of pseudo intelligentsia? Which one?

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  7. But bathu, surely, is this trip necessary? Edgar was sitting right next to Mugabe at the last OAU meeting in Addis and any courtesies should have been exchanged then. (Mugabe was also at his inauguration for crying out loud) Is he not getting enough of him? Unless of course he is visiting a bedridden Mugabe. That would be another story. I’m really worried at Edgars declaration of intent to travel the world to raise Zambia’s profile. This is off tangent from Sata’s vision and will put a strain on our meagre resources.

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    • @Ba Folosho,
      Good observation. I think there is something going on between Lungu, Mugabe and RB concerning the governance of Zambia. Why is Mugabe suddenly taking so much centre-stage in Lungu’s mind?

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    • Lungu is only carrying out Sata’s legacy. Mugabe was the only head of state who was his friend.

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  8. He knows very well why he is visiting, the goal post is dynamic lately so it requires equal but opposite creativity..

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  9. @AMANO MAMBULWA.

    What kind of a diplomat were you? You do not whether the other counties have agreed or not. You don’t even understand how the Zambian press works. The press can even write a rumor and if you follow you will get lost. ZWD reported that Emmanuel Mwamba has will be sent in diplomatic mission I did not see you raise your point. So why today think in such a bias way?

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    • Have read the statement from Government? It clearly states that the countries concerned have not yet been informed. I based my comment on that. I advise you to read the statement again and try to understand it.

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  10. Only Zambia do you have this loafing by Presidents about its no surprise the appoint weak, impotent veeps like Inonge and Scott! !

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  11. Fantastic job that Emmanuel “Mulomo Goebbels” Mwamba is out of the way. HH and me will feast all the way to 2016!!!

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  12. Edgar Lungu Kamwendo munjila reloaded….following Rupiah Banda’s vision.
    2016 UPND for sure!!

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  13. Kambwili should b sent to North Korea to deal with the rafians. His personality suits this country. All the best Kambwili.

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  14. NIYEMBEKEZA APPOINTMENT YANGA…! NALEMA KUYEMBEKEZA MWEO A LUNGU, NAPAPATA MBUYA, ININYOKOLE NJALA- KAMBWILI

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  15. THE TRUTH IS BEING REVEALED THAT EDGER LUNGU WAS DECLARED WINNER OF THE JUST ENDED ELECTIONS DUE TO RIGGING INPUT THAT CAME FROM CRUEL AND HEARTLESS ROBERT MUGABE OF ZIMBABWE. MUGABE CANNOT RECOMMEND FOR A VERY GOOD LEADER TO RULE ZAMBIA BECAUSE HE ALWAYS WANTS ZAMBIA TO REMAIN INFERIOR TO ZIMBABWE. NOW WHERE IS LUNGU’S INTEREST? LUNGU IS JUST ALL OVER, INSTEAD OF BEING IN HIS OFFICE PLANNING FOR THE NATION. THESE DAYS EVEN FROGS CAN BE CALLED PRESIDENTS!

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    • It is us who voted for Lungu and not Mugabe. So if your feeling is that he recommended Lungu to us, then ask another president to recommend HH so that we see if he will be voted for. Some of you the way you think is like children. You even now deep down your bitter heart that what you have written is nonsensical.

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    • And are h is appo intments on merit or just friendship and Cadre appointment? Lungu is definitely losing in 2016.No vision.
      Meanwhile Lungu is now flying first class (Kamwendo munjila reloaded)whilst ordinary Zambians still can’t afford clean drinking water.

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  16. We entirely support the visit your Excellency. Clean up the mess both in Government hospitals, Government Agents and institutions that will make your Government deliver serious development now and beyond 2016 to the expectations of your people. Zambia is not just Lusaka and am sure you are more than informed that a lot of people did not support your effort when it mattered most and these should not pretend to be good to you toady simply because you are now in State House.

    There are many young men and women who were with you through hard times whilst most big bwanas in higher offices had their legs in two camps and supporting your enemies.

    This is time to reflect and put your devoted and loyal team to work.

    God bless you your Excellency.

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  17. People who hate kambwili should go to roan mpatamato and see what he has done compared to yo constituency.

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    • Spongebob, some small minds think that a person who is frank and calls a spade a spade is a bad person. They want a person who will not tell it as it is and pretend to them. Kambwili is honest, frank and hard working.

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  18. NO 9.1 you hit back at no 8 real time. Goes to show what type of a Diplomat you were no.8. ( Not fit for the then job).

    They need to be vetted so any person with imformation why they should not be appointed is free to disclose. Get your facts right- what breach of Diplomatic etiquettes??????????????

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  19. to be honest these appointments are more of appeasements than on merit, how can a cop be a diplomat? other appointments are ok but not these ones, Mwamba, Mutemba ,Jere in foriegn service?? we have several individuals with excellent credentials in diplomacy that can take up these positions ,these attitude of appeasing every one will take us a thousand years to develop our great nation, zambians are in a harry for rapid development

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    • Ask for their CVs, maybe you will make an informed conclusion. Brenda is not just a ‘cop’, but an intelligent graduate of the University of Zambia…(and where do you think Solomon got title of Dr.?)

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  20. ZWD is the architect of Tribalism in Zambia.Before these Devil worshipper came on the scene in desperation of putting HH into power,We Zambians were bound together with love embracing our National Motto of One Zambia One Nation until this Devil Dogs Worshippers of Satan came to plant the evil seed of hatred amongst peace loving Zambians.Zambians never knew or bothered about what Tribe one came from it never clicked there minds henceforth a lot of intermarriages to date,till selfish Devils came with a Tribal message.ZWD in fact you have been a liability to HH yourselves HH could have been President but Bcoz of your tribal sermon everyday.You will rot and burn in Hell in Yeshua’s Name.

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  21. Just why do the oppressed like to cheer the oppressor?
    Why do poor people like to cheer the rich? And when a rich man dies..it’s the poor that cry the most and when a poor man dies no one cries!!
    Zambians are happy to see Lungu go on vacation with a big entourage..hoping from plane to plane.
    Meanwhile cadres are still singing “Ni Lungu tulefwaya”. But guess what,Lungu doesn’t fwaya you anymore.2016 let’s try UPND…NO MORE MEDIOCRE LEADERSHIP!!!

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  22. ZWD is the architect of Tribalism in Zambia.B4 these Devil worshipper came on the scene in desperation of puttin HH in2 power,We Zambians were bound together in love with one another regardless of Tribe, embracing our National Motto of One Zambia One Nation until these Devil Dogs Worshippers of Satan came to plant the Evil seed of hatred and tribalism amongst peace loving
    Zambians.Zambians never knew or bothered about what Tribe one came from or did the mind about such Evil ,it
    never clicked their minds conscious ,thus a lot of intermarriages parnership in all areas of human endeavours till ZWD came with a Tribal message.ZWD in fact u ve been a liability to HH yourselves HH could ve been President but Bcoz of your tribal sermon everyday.You will rot and burn in Hell in Yeshua’s Name

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  23. In Zambia when you build a house expect to supply your own water through a borehole….i don’t see boreholes in south africa or zimbabwe…..busy building roads and neglecting just the simple basic needs of the people….filthy public toilets all over town

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  24. EL tell your grand pa Mugabe to retire.He fail down badly at air port in Harare when he arrived from Ethiopia.Hes too old to be attending such meetings and AU made a big mistake making susc a tired man its chairman.He could even meet EL at airport because he might have sprained his ankle.The fall was bad.It appeared on ENCA SOUTH AFRICAN NEWS YESTERDAY SINCE ZIMBAMBWE media were told not to show it on tv or newspapers.

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  25. HH to enter the Guiness Book of Record as one of the Politicians in the Whole world to have stood for Presidential elections for over 30 years and not succeeding but dying rich.This is according to the recent proposal for inclusion in the Gigantic Book for 2038.

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    • And Edgar vodka Lungu’s will also go down as the worlds’ most drunkard and shortest serving president! Continue thinking like a mad person. The same was said of Sata. PF is headed for more bleeding. Wait and see. So let Edgar go and do his jack komboni dance. Let him enjoy while it lasts for it shall not be for long…

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    • @Inonge

      NO, quite the opposite actually! Zambia needs to work closely with Zimbabwe to create a Strong Block of our two countries. Much as Mugabe has enjoyed Notoriety, we must move on and international sanctions removed so we can create successful economies, bearing in mind Western countries are yet to pay for the sins of Colonial past.

      It makes sense with the looming trouble with NW Province. By maintaining good relations with Zimbabwe, we can have a good war manoeuvre from the boarders of Victoria Falls. See? Zambian Defence force this side of Zambia bearing IN and our good friend Rob’s Defence Force bearing IN, in over Victoria Falls! We can quash any upheaval in NW in a Flash!

      Good Call, His Excellency, after all you are literally an Officer and a Gentleman!

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  26. @Kiki, Chinyama & Vizungu: It is clear from your comments that you are ignorant of what is involved in diplomacy. You also seem to comment from your heart instead of the mind. As Aleshaday has pointed out, it is clear from the statement above that receiving countries have not yet received the requests for the Agrements (French word). Although it is the right of the sending State to select a person to represent it, the appointment must have the consent of the receiving State. In diplomacy the application for an agrement or approval is a fundamental protocol formality by which the sending State asks the receiving State if it will welcome the person who has been chosen as Ambassador. At this stage the above candidates have not been appointed until their agrements will be received.

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  27. His Excellency is doing all the right things at this time. Calmly taking his time to make appointments.

    His Excellency is correct in his stance on Foreign posts, i.e repositioning Zambia in international affairs and in expecting robust performance from all Zambian envoys serving abroad. What is there NOT TO like on this, critics?

    There is no need to be too passionate about these particular assignments, they are good intro. To diplomacy to some who may not have experience. I DO, SO HOPE KATONDO BOYS, WILL STILL POST here to lift PF morales!

    It is clear there is some major appointments to come that will cause some ripples in society! It is wise that His Excellency leaves them till last. Uh, could be a case of…. last laugh….laugh loudest for some!!!

    I like the tension…

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  28. You chaps, you do not know what it takes to keep peace. HH has to be humble to become President of Zambia. But I dont think he will manage in 2016. I do not hate Tonga, Bemba or who; but Qouta system of 2001 can not work in Zambia. Maybe you have forgeten QOUTA SYSTEM means Tonga to Tonga, and thats why sakwiba Sikota left UPND in 2001 when Mazoka died.

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