Emmanuel Mwamba
Emmanuel Mwamba

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba on Friday met with officials from Amnesty International at the Zambian mission in Pretoria.

Mr Mwamba had initiated the meeting after Amnesty International issued an alert following death threats issued against singer Pilato forcing him to flee Zambia.

But Pilato turned down the invitation to be part of the meeting accusing Mr Mwamba of lacking integrity.

Mr Mwamba in a brief statement described the meeting held today as productive.

Mr Mwamba said Amnesty International commended President Edgar Lungu for the successful meeting that he held with the Secretary General Salil Shetty some time last year.

He said Amnesty also welcomed the commitment made by President Lungu regarding the call to abolish the death penalty and further welcomed the current 30 year moratorium against those sentenced to death.

Mr Mwamba also stated that the human rights body welcomed the Zambian government’s commitment to review the Public Order Act (PoA) and the concerns around wide police discretion on the matter.

He said Amnesty International also raised concern over the Right to food and the rising displacement of people from traditional lands by commercial entities and interests.

The envoy said Amnesty International also reiterated that their reports and media statements are evidence based, accurate and go through a verification process.

“We took the opportunity to congratulate Kumi Naidoo who has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Amnesty International and will take over the organisation in August 2018. Kumi is a former Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace,” Mr Mwamba said.

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    • “He said Amnesty also welcomed the commitment made by President Lungu regarding the call to abolish the death penalty and further welcomed the current 30 year moratorium against those sentenced to death.”
      START WITH THE USA FIRST- YOU ARE INTERNATIONAL. WHICH MEANS USA IS INCLUDED, TOO. AND WE KNOW THE THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE USA WAS FORMULATED TO DEAL WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN CITIZENS OF THE USA. SO, THAT’S WHERE THE DEATH PENALTY IS ABUSED.

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    • That Emmanuel mwamba’s bend smile will murder you ,this guy has blood on his hands, don’t believe what he says

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    • There are fundamentals that Emmanuel needs to answer ….why have opposition that have been seen to even verbally threaten PF members have either been called by the police or even arrested ?? Yet these PF cadres despite even doing a video of threatening Pilato not even a single one of them has sniffed a police station. There have been many threats on him but no arrest has been made later on even the police warning such characters? Ba Mwamba as Pilato advised you do not do things simply out of duty but conviction. You bwana are simply a clown making money in this Circus …pilato has a serious and valid point

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  1. I DON’T HEAR OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WHEN SOUTH AFRICAN BLACK ARE SLAUGHTERING FELLOW AFRICANS. WHY DOES THIS OF SELF-PROCLAIMED FUGITIVE ISSUE ATTRACTED SO MUCH ATTENTION?

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    • Mr Mwamba failed to talk about what he was told regarding Pilato. Instead, he became irrelevant in his explanation because he did not focus on the main issue of the meeting. What were you told not to do to Pilato sir?

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    • @Chils: Because Pilato is a nonentity…he is only a hero to people that hate Lungu. Amnesty International’s Rep could have questioned Mwamba further if Pilato’s case was that important…but rather, choose to talk about other important issues.

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  2. Pilato just wanted a way to migrate to South Africa on semi-permanent status as a refugee. He saw causing political misbehaviour as the easiest way. That’s the reason way you failed to attend the meeting, he had nothing but lies to tell. He was given an opportunity to prove Mwamba wrong in the presence an independent audience.

    He is nothing but a fake!!!

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  3. Emmanuel should instead use he’s time to meet the PF thugs who have threatened Pilato.
    This meeting is useless and is all for show by Emmanuel.
    Emmanuel! talk to Kennedy Kamba and the docile police inspector general.

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  4. Now I see why this B!tch Mushota talk crap about Zambians living in Zambia. So ignorant , slow, dirt and useless. Thinking capacity of a Zambian is low and shallow. How can you support PF and their leaders who are busy stealing in day light and you’re still living in the compound without running water or electricity? Wake up

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  5. Pilato is a coward.He should just shut up.
    If it was in SA he would be a dead man by now.Its just that Zambians are good.

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  6. “But Pilato turned down the invitation to be part of the meeting accusing Mr Mwamba of lacking integrity.”

    “Mr Mwamba in a brief statement described the meeting held today as productive.”

    The meeting is productive as long as President Lungu, is praised and the PF cadres, continue to threaten people who bring checks and balances to our fragile democracy with violence and death threats.

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  7. Never in the history of Zambia have AI put alerts on Zambia , only when this corrupt thief lungu who uses violent thugs to silence opponents do we even hear of AI…

    During the unpresidented violence during elections when again AI voiced concern some resident PF rats on LT tried to point the finger at HH …..now HH is not in the picture and still AI are voicing concern….

    We say lungu is a violent corrupt theif with a bible in his back pocket hiding behind a persona of fake humbleness that feeds the PF rats on LT….

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    • Never in the history of Zambia has so much FAKE NEWS been thrown at the country. US president Donald Trump and now the Pope have highlighted this evil phenomenon that threatens peace in the world today. It’s a shame AI lack analytical acumen to properly see that Zambia has a vile and unruly opposition that continually seeks international sympathy while provoking the government at every turn.

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  8. Lungu is a very dangerous crook who to others gives the impression that he is not in controll of the violent thugs in PF….do not believe that…..lungu is in full controll of this violence with kapoyongo , they have a brigade of pf thugs known to the police on standby at any time who are summoned to attack anyone any where….

    In short lungu is a violent corrupt theif…..worst is he even pretends to go to church…

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  9. I wonder what the objective of this meeting was! Was it for Mwamba to do some damage control on behalf of GRZ or was it for him to understand how AI operates or what!?

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  10. only IN Zambia by Zambian leaders can someone call for a meeting and u dont discuss the subject at Hand instead the person invited uses his initiative to create an agenda instead of walking away ..hahha..this is PF for you

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