Foreign Affairs Minister unveils new pro-PF Press Attaché’s

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FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
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.

Former QFM Reporter turned PF cadre Yande Musonda is the new Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Paris
Former QFM Reporter turned PF cadre Yande Musonda is the new Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Paris
Cosmas Chileshe (Middle) is the new Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Washington D.C.
Cosmas Chileshe (Middle) is the new Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Washington D.C.
Former Daily Nation Reporter Wallen Simwaka is now Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in New York
Former Daily Nation Reporter Wallen Simwaka is now Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in New York
Former ZNBC Reporter Bangwe Naviley is now Press Secretary to India
Former ZNBC Reporter Bangwe Naviley is now Press Secretary to India
Former ZNBC Reporter Inutu Mwanza is new the Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Addis Ababa
Former ZNBC Reporter Inutu Mwanza is new the Press Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Addis Ababa
Kasabo Kalussa (In white T-shirt) is the new Press Secretary in Bostwana
Kasabo Kalussa (In white T-shirt) is the new Press Secretary in Bostwana
Anthony Mukwita's younger brother Chrispin is now the new Press Secretary to Lilongwe
Anthony Mukwita’s younger brother Chrispin is now the new Press Secretary to Lilongwe

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  1. +27
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    Sad state of affairs in the country. Look at the list. These are unashamed PF cadres.

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      Unfortunately, politics are like that anywhere. Even HH would pick from his suppoters that qualify for the roles. DT of the USA has done the same. Obama did the same, efyo yakafye game bane

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      And there will be alot of s3x in Paris with Yande Musonda ..hahahah. In fact she is refusing to get back to Zed when its over as she will continue as s3x escort…wapya munzi…Infact I will be the first one to chukuchukula her, merely starting where I ended when I was in Zed 5 weeks ago..welcome to the Euro-Zone!!

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      Great Appointments

      I would hate to have recycles politicians. This is the job CREATION PF promised.

      This is now happening.

      Well done Lungu and PF

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      The Post reporters were rewarded now it is time to reward the others at Dead NBC, Daily Nation, Times etc. In the next government, it will be Zambian Watchdog, Diggers etc. It is good for the country.

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      One Mushota ewabako kkkkkkkkkk she has completely lost credibility but still warms up LT kkkkkkk mulibantu imwee mulichinkula

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      THIS IS A SHEER WASTE OF RESOURCES BECAUSE THERE IS NO NEED FOR THESE JOURNALISTS IN FOREIGN SERVICE. CAN THE GOVERNMENT EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE OF THE RELEVANCY OF POSTING EN MASSE THESE PEOPLE IN FOREIGN SERVICE? IF LOOK AT THE PUBLIC MEDIA YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY NEWS ITEM SENT BY ANY OF THESE JOURNALIST WHO ARE POSTED IN FOREIGN SERVICE. O.P. HAS COMPETENT OFFICERS, WHO ARE JOURNALIST BY PROFESSION, IN THESE MISSIONS. TODAY WE HAVE BBC, CNN, SKY NEWS, FACE BOOK, TWEETER AND OTHER MEDIA WHO REPORT EVENTS AS THEY TAKE PLACE. THIS IS SHEER AND RECKLESS WASTE OF RESOURCES MUST BE STOPPED. I AM A FORMER DIPLOMAT AND KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

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      @ 1..1 Come on! Don’t tell lies about the USA. There are very few diplomats who politically appointed in the USA. Most of them are career diplomats. They serve any government irrespective of political affiliation. Every year, people from the Department of State visit universities to recruit workers.

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    Unfortunately, politics are like that anywhere. Even HH would pick from his suppoters that qualify for the roles. DT of the USA has done the same. Obama did the same, efyo yakafye game bane

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      BUT it is still PF in power, what has happened to those MCS appointed? DO we have the resources?

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    What a bunch of empty tins being put on GRZ payroll…what can such a bunch do apart from bootlicking Lazy Bum Edgar!!

  4. +6
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    They are going to try to explain Lungus brutality and assault on democracy in Zambia.. .

  5. +5
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    Lesson learned already. If you pick pro upnd zealots they will be leaking info before it’s formally announced.

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    It is Politics…Donald Trump even appointed his daughter as Chief Adviser to him…and son in law as WH strategist,…. It is the nature of politicss…

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      @7 Do not make wrong comparisons. They are not paid. They are there on voluntary basis. No wonder you accept stupidity for normal behavior,

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    The article should have mentioned who they were replacing. Are all the former Post reporters coming back? Perhaps a more in-depth article is needed.

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    It happens everywhere. To date, nearly 2,000 appointed positions in the Trump administration remain vacant. The vacancies include direct presidential appointments as well as what are known as “Scheduled appointments ie political appointees whose roles can only be performed by someone with a thorough knowledge of and sympathy with the goals, priorities, and preferences” of the the Trump administration.

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    Hunger is bad bane.

    It’s unbelievable how journalists throw away the Journalism code of ethics just for a diplomatic job as a press assistant. Everyone knows diplomatic jobs are short-tenure. In 5 years you’ll be recalled & stay for years without a job bcoz of helping a visionless/clueless govt into power.

    My cousin is jobless & has been languishing at his in-laws house for over many years after being recalled by Sata from an embassy job.

    Politics of the Stomach!! Stomach before country.

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      Depends on what one does whilst in the diaspora. some have come back very successful. it just to focus bane, don’t be jealous

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    Comment:there is nothing wrong with the appointments, they are Zambians also, why not appointing them?

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    That is why investment is necessary… Come home after 5 years…they will not be the same… Invest what you get there and start their business when in Zed… Full stop… You will not always be in formal employment, hence need for investing in the future when in employment… Start farming colleagues rather than wait for Govnt jobs which are limited.. Lwenu lo… Free advice.. I work for an international company, but I am engaged in Farming in my back yard of 3 arce plot… and This year… bumper harvest despite army worms…LOL

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    @MANOMAMBULWA, please you should learn how the government operates as most of the appointees are on secondment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we need them.

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    we wish the jobs were advertised not head hunted as it seems. Those you understand corporate governance will agree that best companies are better directed and controlled when highly skilled personnel are employed. We need greater performance in both government and private sector to outperform other states. Remember bechmarking and balance scorecard, Mr Mushota , I believe you are an accountant by proffession

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    A waste of resources, wrong priorities by PF,
    I would never waste my time reading PF propaganda

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    Kalaba says the “press secretaries must explain the economic activities Zambia has engaged in”. To whom? Do you need to go all the way to Turkey to explain something that can be googled? In any case, even googling wouldn’t bring out any constructive meaningful activities that Zambia is engaged in. In short, do we really need so many people at these missions? One thing most of them don’t do is represent the interests of Zambians abroad or help them with various issues. Pleasing cadres unnecessarily at the expense of the tax payer.

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