State House has justified international trips undertaken by Government Ministers.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda says government cannot afford not to make such trips as long as Zambia still shares bilateral relations with other countries.
In an apparent reaction to the suggestion by All People’s Congress (APC) president Nason Msoni for government to cut down on international trips to save money, Mr Chanda said all government international trips are necessary.
Mr. Chanda told Qfm News by telephone that one has to be thoroughly foolish not to understand that international affairs are a disperse of the Foreign Affairs Minister.
He said the Foreign Affairs Minister is the number one diplomat for the country and therefore has to make international trips more often.
Mr. Chanda has wondered how it can thus be expected that the Foreign Affairs Minister can continue to exist if the country bans international trips as has been suggested by Mr. Msoni.
He said it is therefore an extremely foolish suggestion to make because it is also not expected that Zambia can continue to be a member of the UN, SADC and AU if government international trips are banned.
Mr. Chanda has since challenged Mr. Msoni to state how he thinks relations between Zambia and Nigeria would have been if the Vice President Inonge Wina did not represent President Edgar Lungu at the inauguration ceremony of the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Chanda has further advised the media to guard itself against ignorant political leaders as the journalism profession risks being dragged into the sewers if the media does not do so.