Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba on Wednesday officially unveiled a list of new First Secretaries for Press in Foreign Missions calling on them to explain activities of the missions of their accreditation for the benefit of Zambians.
The list comprised Journalists that openly aligned themselves to the PF government mainly from ZNBC, Daily Nation and the Zambia Daily Mail.
Interestingly, Zambia’s Deputy Ambassador to Sweden Anthony Mukwita’s young brother Crispin has also been given a job in the foreign service as First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Mission in Malawi.
Others are former ZNBC Reporters Bangwe Naviley who is the new Press Secretary at the Zambian mission in India while Inutu Mwanza has taken up a similar role in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Other Former ZNBC Reporters who have been posted in the foreign service include Yotam Mugara who is the new Press Secretary in Japan and Cosmas Chileshe is heading to Washington D.C.
Former Voice of America Correspondent Kellys Kaunda is heading to Berlin, Germany while Phyllis Chilekwa goes to Brussels, Belgium with Former Daily Nation Reporter Wallen Simwaka going to New York, USA.
Former QFM Reporter Yande Musonda is the new Press Secretary in Paris, France while Former Mwebantu Contributor Kasabo Kalusa will be stationed in Gaborone, Botswana with Former Daily Mail News Editor Jeremy Munthali going to Ankara, Turkey.
Speaking at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Headquarters, Mr Kalaba said the Press Secretaries must explain the various economic activities the Zambian government was engaged in as the country.
He said government has now moved from political diplomacy to economic diplomacy.
Mr. Kalaba reminded each of the eleven newly appointed diplomats of the immense economic opportunities available in the countries they were being sent to that could benefit Zambia
Mr. Kalaba said President Lungu wanted to see that the resources being spent on maintaining foreign missions was justified by the quality of output.