Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Government has no intension to recall British High Commissioner to Zambia

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Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP
Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP

Government says it has no intentions of demanding for the recall of British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet for the perceived breach of diplomatic etiquette.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya dispelled fears that High Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet will face deportation following his recent comments and tweeting about corruption allegations following the 2017 report of the Financial Intelligence Centre.

Addressing Journalists at her office in Lusaka, Ms Siliya who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services explained that Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet’s situation is different from recalled Cuban Ambassador to Zambia Nelson Pages Vilas .

In April this year, government requested the recall of Cuban Ambassador to Zambia Nelson Pages Vilas for breaching diplomatic practice by openly supporting the newly launched opposition Socialist Party.

Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet is reported to have commended the Zambia Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) for exposing trails of corruption in the country in its 2017 report.

Speaking after a group of EU Ambassadors paid a courtesy call on the FIC Director Mary Tshuma at her office, Mr Cochrane-Dyet is further reported to have said that it was imperative for the Zambian government to take seriously the allegations of corruption highlighted in the FIC report.

Ms Siliya however pointed out that there is an established channel for diplomats to air their grievances to government, adding that Zambia cherishes its working relationships with other countries as well as development and cooperation partners.

She however stressed that the Financial Intelligence Centre as a government institution misconducted itself professionally for releasing the report to the public and civil society before presenting it to President Edgar Lungu and other relevant law enforcement agencies.

She said the report contained information that needed further investigation but had put private citizens and public interests mentioned in the report in jeopardy if the intelligence is proved otherwise.

Ms Siliya maintained that government is committed to rectifying the challenges that were faced in the implementation of the E-voucher system during the just ended farming season.

She stated that her counterpart from the Ministry of Agriculture Michael Katambo has assured that the ministry is working round the clock to ensure that the e-voucher meets all stakeholder expectations in the forthcoming farming season.

And the Minister prodded journalists to champion their cause by ensuring that they form a professional body to look into their interests.

Ms Siliya said journalists need to have a professional body modelled on the lines of the Law Association of Zambia in order to improve journalism standards and enforce ethical and professional practice in the country.

51 COMMENTS

  1. You don’t recall an a diplomat ,you just expel them with no qualms whatsoever and show these colonialist Brits some authority.

  2. You don’t recall an a diplomat ,you just expel them with no qualms whatsoever and show these colonialist Brits some authority.

  3. You don’t recall an a diplomat ,you just expel them with no qualms whatsoever and show these colonialist Brits some authority.

  4. Government has no intension to recall British High Commissioner to Zambia
    Misleading headline. The government can only recall their own High Commissioner (Muleba Chikonde) who is based in London. The word you’re looking for is EXPEL.
    Also, check the spelling, it’s “Intention”, not “intension”.
    “Intension” kwati ulekaka timing belt mu tension…

    • These are articles that are spinned by one armchair critic blogger to arouse some under5s and excite them to start insulting meanwhile nothing of that nature was ever said by dora. Just go to her fb page and see if she did that

  5. The EU know Zambia depends on the west for survival…..this was a calculated move by EU to protect FIC from the PF rats queing to destroy FIC for exposing the stealing…..

  6. The EU know Zambia depends on the west for survival…..this was a calculated move by EU to protect FIC from the PF rats queing to destroy FIC for exposing the stealing…..

  7. The EU know Zambia depends on the west for survival…..this was a calculated move by EU to protect FIC from the PF rats queing to destroy FIC for exposing the stealing…..

    • You are as long as you depend on them for aid. If you think colonialism means having their physical presence here then you need to think again. There are many ways of colonizing people.

  8. Well done Ms Tshuma abd Board. Only the guilty are afraid. PF does not cease to mesmerize me. On one hand the President, through Amos Chanda informs the Nation that the President finds nothing wrong with the FIC report because it mentions no person and no institution. On the other hand Dora says there is mischief blablabla…….who should we listen to kanshi, imwe ba PF?

    • You don’t seem to understand. The Government is saying the report answers to the mandate of the FIC, which is good. So there is nothing wrong with it. The mischief is in overstepping their mandate by not following procedure. The procedure is that they release the report to institutions mandated to investigate and prosecute if necessary. This did not happen. For reasons best known to the FIC DG, the report was prematurely made public, raising unnecessary dust. The DG needs to be disciplined accordingly. We should not allow mischief to reign for any reason. Which government would allow an abrogation of procedure in the running of its institutions?

  9. This is a nullity Dora and if you do not know what I’m talking about please ask Justice Malila, he is at least learned than you. I mean, right from the time of Kenneth Kaunda, whenever reports were submitted to government they never get released to the Zambians. I recall the Gabpon Disaster, the Barotseland Independence recommendations etc So that girl at FIC was right to release the report first to us, your masters you puss. This is a good precedent, from now onwards, all reports MUST be released to the public and civil society before being presented to Jonah Mutaware and his useless stinking law enforcement fimo fimo!. Mwanya manje ba sakala imwe.

  10. You deport him like the Cuban you better know with your AIDS no more medication in London like Sata and Levy, you will be the first the good old Queen will ban from travelling there. Uzisunge you lousy Katangese chewing news caster.

  11. Wenye! Cowards it it were a small nation like Cuba you would have sent the ambassador packing. Who doesn’t know you

  12. Crazy reporters. Zambia can’t recall British high commissioner to Zambia. That commissioner is a Briton. Zambia can recall Zambian high commissioner to Britain

    • Indeed crazy reporters, my understanding was that Zambia had earlier expelled the British high commissioner to Zambia and now they want him/her back to Zambia. Crazy reporting.

  13. PF has been caught with its pants down. The foreign envoys already knew how president Lungu and cronys are stealing public funds even before the FIC report. In fact the FIC report was based on information which the foreign envoys’ intelligence units already knew. When president Lungu and his crony Kaiser launder stolen money the foreign envoy know first hand because they monitor how the money they donate moves.

    So Lungu and your thugs be warned that what ever money you steal these G8 countries are watching and get concerned if the money stolen is hidden in countries in bad books with them like CUBA.

    Watch the youtube video “lungu and Kaiser are thieve”
    FIC has just openly confirmed what most Zambians already know.

    Lungu must go.

  14. PF has been caught with its pants down. The foreign envoys already knew how president Lungu and cronys are stealing public funds even before the FIC report. In fact the FIC report was based on information which the foreign envoys’ intelligence units already knew. When president Lungu and his crony Kaiser launder stolen money the foreign envoy know first hand because they monitor how the money they donate moves.

    So Lungu and your thugs be warned that what ever money you steal these G8 countries are watching and get concerned if the money stolen is hidden in countries in bad books with them like CUBA.

    Watch the youtube video “lungu and Kaiser are thieve”
    FIC has just openly confirmed what most Zambians already know.

    Lungu must go.

  15. So Lungu and your thugs be warned that what ever money you steal these G8 countries are watching and get concerned if the money stolen is hidden in countries in bad books with them like CUBA.

    Watch the youtube video “lungu and Kaiser are thieve”

    Lungu must go.

  16. So Lungu and your thugs be warned that what ever money you steal these G8 countries are watching and get concerned if the money stolen is hidden in countries in bad books with them like CUBA.

    Watch the youtube video “lungu and Kaiser are thieve”

    Lungu must go.

  17. My dear young lady Dora; The British High Commissioner to Zambia has done nothing wrong and your government is better off keeping quiet about him; FIC did a good thing; you and others are the ones who have acted unprofessionally by stealing from the Zambian people;

  18. She should just shut up on this ….. this government is becoming an irritant to say the least. President says one thing on FIC and now Dora issues something to the contrary. The President admitted the report doesn’t mention names openly and is general in nature … probably to appeal to donors ….now Dora is pointing to a totally different position. This is a schizophrenic government

  19. She should just shut up on this ….. this government is becoming an irritant to say the least. President says one thing on FIC and now Dora issues something to the contrary. The President admitted the report doesn’t mention names openly and is general in nature … probably to appeal to donors ….now Dora is pointing to a totally different position. This is a schizophrenic government

  20. Dont be scared of this colonial-minded id.iot. Tell him to his face that when the entire parliament in his country was found to have been corruptly earning allowances, zambian high commissioners did not start uttering rubbi.sh in his cold country. Tell him to learn to shut his piehole. Zambians will deal with their own issues not people who spent centuries looting from us (from minerals to slaves) & now that they stushed the loot they come back to tell us what is what.

  21. Of course Zambian Government cannot “recall” British diplomat.
    Hon. Minister, do you know the meaning of “recalling”?
    Zambian Government can declare foreign diplomat “persona non grata”, but it can only “recall” its own (Zambian) diplomat.
    On the other hand, Government may request foreign Government to “recall” their own diplomat.
    And you are “educated” one?

  22. Would they dare expel a British envoy??………..given the massive support the UK has rendered to Zambia! For Cuba we know it was not a factor

  23. So this FIC, is now like the CIA sending its intelligence reports to Putin before releasing them to Trump ka????

    No wonder she went to kneel and apologise to President Lungu under the pretext of handing over the report. What handover because by then Laura Miti and Sarah Longwe hand done the honours and done it for her?
    Of course she will be fired or she will resign in due course, but we can assure the British High Commissioner that FIC shall continue in existence and function, Tshuma or no Tshuma.

  24. Good intentions are not enough. It is likely that FIC tried to strengthen its capacity to fight wastage of public resources. However, that intention has backfired. Senior government officers do not have the mandate to ignore established practices and procedures. To the extent that FIC management released intelligence related information, the FIC management must prove innocence. The allegations of improper conduct are justified. If there were dissenting voices within FIC itself from certain junior officers, again the same principle would apply. It is equally unacceptable for diplomats to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. The choice to recall is too drastic but an official complaint can prove defense of Constitution and Rule of Law and respect for territorial integrity.

    • Some body direct Dr Makasa Kasonde to a blog for grandpas before am forced to reply in a manner that fits what he is spewing…..

  25. But Cockroach diet is slowly getting out of bounce and needs to be cautioned because i definitely see him going beyond the prescribed diplomatic limits or better still, we may consider feeding him to the lizards since he is just a roach.

  26. But I keep asking ba LT how can Zambia recall the British high commissioner to Zambia? He isn’t their man! Zambia can recall the Zambian high commissioner to Britain. Natulogic mulibe sure?

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