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State House Clarifies President Lungu’s Comments in Choma Regarding the US Ambassador

Headlines State House Clarifies President Lungu's Comments in Choma Regarding the US Ambassador

President Lungu Addressing the Media
President Lungu Addressing the Media

Statehouse has issued a statement clarifying the remarks made by President Lungu about the United States Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote when he attended a church service in Choma yesterday.

President Lungu said in Choma that Zambia has written to the United States government to withdraw its ambassador Daniel Foote.

“We have complained officially to the American government, and we are waiting for their response because we don’t want such people in our midst,” Lungu said

However, Statehouse has said that the head of state was referring to the demarche issued by Foreign Affairs MinisterJoseph Malanji at the beginning of this month and that the Government has not yet received a response from the US Government.

Below is the full State House Statement

 

 

CLARIFICATION ON PRESIDENT LUNGU’S COMMENT

Livingstone, (Sunday, 15th December, 2019)——– His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia this morning at St Stephen Parish in Choma, Southern Province commented on the demarche that the Zambian Government wrote to the United States Government regarding comments made by Ambassador Foote.

State House would like to clarify that the President was not referring to any new demarche but the same one issued by Foreign Affairs.

Therefore, the Zambian Government is still waiting for a response from the United States Government concerning the complaint.

_____________________________________________________________________________

Issued by:

Isaac Chipampe

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

(PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS)

STATE HOUSE

46 COMMENTS

  1. You don’t want honest people… Yes you just picked gay-ism among the many things he said, why are you not addressing those issues the same way you are denouncing gay-ism? You are a hypocrite.

    • Wht most people do not know or perhaps forget is that USA actually speeded up the independence of African countries, Zambia included. After the second world war, the Roosevelt administration told its former allies Britain and France to let the colonies go free. In the politics of decolonisation btwn USA, the UK and France, America held all the aces. The two European countries had suffered serious war damage and were even looking for financial help from America. African nationalists didn’t know these talks. Looking back now, I think USA was wrong. Independence was granted prematurely.

    • I think President KZ was not happy with Lungu’s the statement Lungu made in Church, and has proceeded to override it.

      If ever one needed proof of who is actually running our country, you have it now.

    • PF are mess.
      Chipampe has just damaged the relationship with was almost restored.
      Issac Chipantepante should have left the church matters stay in church. It was a church goer Lungu lamenting in church, DON’T mix.

    • Scared of the mighty USA…..you just expel if you have big balls…you don’t ask the US government to expel on your behalf just like you did with the Cuban ambassador…Lungu has no balls

    • Nemwine you are a Coon. It is people like you (chiefs) that sold black people into slavery. Do you think God would agree with your nonsensical thoughts on freedom? Millions of Africans died so as you can type the nonsense you just did. These are true freedom fighters, not cowards like you. I do not like the PF or UPND, but never belittle our fallen heroes of the past to sound smart.

    • @Nemwine…you’re a pathetic, self-debasing, self-hating, self-loathing negro with a slave mentality. Go on. Keep worshiping white people. Ask them to come back and colonize you alone. You’re a disgrace to all free minded black people.

    • @HONEST, you’re spot on! Lungu has a country to run and more important fires to fight. One of the questions the ambassador asked was why corrupt ministers are not being sanctioned – which matters more to Zambians than the personal choices of two gay men! So the government has now realised that there’s something called Demache? They should have exercised this right first before condemning the guy in the media. And that’s precisely why there’s been no response from the US government!!!!

    • Kwena what is being clarified here? It is the same story from the earlier one so why publish this ba LT?

  2. I think it is better for Ambassador Foote to go back to his country. Here he will always be treated like an enemy and he won’t have a good working relationship with the government

  3. Trying to sway us from Mukula. You cannot seperate Foot from US.

    US is Foot and Foot is US. After change of govt that small girl will try to hide in USA but Foot will engineer her deportation to face the Zambian law

  4. Okay we accept your position but we are troubled that so far you’ve only addressed 1 issue from amongst many others that Foote raised. While we’re waiting for Trump to respond, if at all he will, let’s move to the next. Is it the theft of donor funds or the poaching of animals? We’re anxiously waiting to hear from you

  5. IT’S NICE TO OPEN THE MOUTH BUT WHAT COMES OUT CAN EITHER BUILD YOU UP OR DESTROY YOU, PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU SHOULD MIND HIS MOUTH BECAUSE ONE DAY HE WILL SAY SOMETHING TERRIBLE.REMEMBER THE UBOMBA MWIBALA ISSUE HE SAID IT WITHOUT CONSIDERING IT’S ORIGINS.

  6. I think lungu is picking an unnecessary fight with the USA.

    Statements issued by US ambassadors are cleared with the state department, the US government will not side with lungu against their man, Zambia is too insignificant in world geo politics.

    Lungu and his gang will find them selves facing sanctions if he thinks the USA is Cuba or some other country to bully around….

    • sanctions Loading… Whatever the case Mr. Lungu should deal with such issues diplomatically, the media can cheers you today and gang up on you tomorrow, the problem is our leaders are too emotional.

    • No Kingdom goes on forever. God made time and intellect, it is always with time. All shall come to Pass and God and his children always prevail.

    • Not to worry, Lungu cabbila kale cicende! He is too scared because whatever he said was out of intoxication from Beer and Drugs from Findley.
      Oh God, how could a country like ours end with imbeciles like Lungu and Malwanji end up ruling it? Listen to the senseless things they say always needing clarifications!
      Lungu forgets that even his Kama daughter was hiding in the USA!
      The fact remains that Zambia needs the USA not the other way. Lungu’s drunkenness will just bring our country unnecessary problems.

  7. Lungu, please sometimes silence is golden. FYI, these white people believe each other and it’s most likely that Mr Foote told them all the bad things about you. So whatever you wrote was tossed in the trash bin forget getting that response, stay silent on this issue otherwise if you keep insisting it might backfire on you.

  8. Kalamuletelela akapuba kenu ako. Ni zanu izo. With the loot they have garnered they will not suffer. Just look at how Mugabe ravaged his country while he sat pretty in his Blue House. Bane let’s bring our leaders to account. It might be too late when the axe falls.

  9. What if the US has not seen sense in responding,what will Mr.Lungu and his PF going to do? Pliz move on to issues affecting people’s daily lives.Mr.LUNGU and PF want divert people’s attention to non- issues of gay people etc which don’t dominate our lives.Its like PF IS LOOKING TO MAKE ENEMIES WITH US AND START BLAMING THEM FOR ECONOMIC FAILURES DUE TO THEIR MISMANAGEMENT! WHEN THE US RESPONDS IT MAY NOT PLEASANT SO GET ON WITH THE JOBGIVE US: ELECTRICITY, SECURITY,JOBS,AFFORDABLE LIVING,END CORRUPTION ETC!!

  10. Lets not get carried away by the ambassadors remarks.we still needs the
    Americans on our side.If rich countries
    Do not cough to the Americans who are
    We to tell them to call back their Ambassador.

  11. Expect the kwacha to depreciate more with such careless statements coming from the head of state. Who appointed Mr Chikasa and in whose interest is he acting. Unlike Zambia, Americans base their arguments on policy so who ever will be appointed as replacement will speak from American point of view. What happened when you chased the IMF rep?

  12. [email protected] Chakolwa went to Church Drunk, with a stinking hangover, as he was still drinking & dancing non stop till 07.00hrs in the morning.
    Gets to Church, spews exactly what’s on his mind, as they say “Alcohol loosens the tongue, & brings forth a man’s inner thoughts”
    Gets back home sleeps off his hangover, /Drunken stupor & realises “oh 2h!t, I’ve messed up, U.S.A won’t take too kindly to this” & fearing the backlash as J0na is always the beggar with the biggest begging bowl on the Continent, he promptly scramples his Vuvuzela to do some damage limitation, “clarification” of what he meant in Church.
    THIS LAD J0N4, IS NOT A PRESIDENT, BUT A PLAYBOY!

  13. Is UCZ a Christian Church or a Political State Church? No Bible believing Christian would continue going to a church that is busy fornicating with the state politicians! Abomination! How does a righteous church receive money suspected to be proceeds of crime? Not even the Pharisees could receive back blood money from Judas! Does the church also promote hate speech from its pulpits? God cannot be part of congregations that promote hatred! Moreover, the Pulpit is supposed to be for the ordained! If these pulpits were holy, many politicians would have been struck dead by fire from above for their hypocrisy!

  14. Just look at You tube interview of uhuru kenyatta by Christian amanpour about gay rights , amanpour was pressing uhuru to see his stance on gay rights in Kenya.

    Unlike dumass lungu , kenyatta stated that the people of Kenya rejected gay rights BUT Kenya has more pressing important needs to attend to than Waste time on gay rights while also stressing human rights for all.

    Now there is a president kenyatta who’s country does not rely on any western aid for budgetary support being very intelligent and diplomatic while we have our corrupt thieving drunk who can not survive without western monetary aid, where gay rights are enshrined in their constitutions , trying to tell off the very western nations that help keep Zambia afloat….

  15. WHAT WE HAVE ARE BALL-LESS THIEVING LEADERS IN GOVERNMENT. WHY TRYING TO CHANGE THE STATEMENT. MAY AMERICA WITHDRAW ALL AID AND ASSOCIATION TO/WITH ZAMBIA AND GIVE TO SERIOUS COUNTRIES THAT MEAN WELL FOR THEIR PEOPLE. THIS GOVERNMENT EVEN STEALS FROM WHAT IS FREELY GIVEN BY OTHER NATIONS TO THE POOR WHAT A SHAME. WE HAVE SHAMELESS LEADERS WHO HAVE BEEN LAID NAKED DUE TO THEIR MISDEEDS. THE QUIET PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA WILL ONE DAY PAY HEAVILY FOR REMAINING QUIET AND SILENT WHILE THIS GOVERNMENT STEALS WITH IMPUNITY WHILE LUNGU AND OTHER CORRUPT THIEVING PEOPLE WILL BOLT THE COUNTRY.

  16. Chipampe, the “We” does not include many of us Zambians! When you say “we”please be specific to say you are referring to the Mukula family whose dealings have been exposed! Secondly, remember that not every Zambian is Christian and that not all Christians resident in Zambia are Zambians! Thirdly, be reminded that Religion is like intoxicating wine! Don’t get drunk with it to the point of becoming discriminatory and unreasonable! Stealing from widows is worse than Mukula theft and sodomy put together! Let us be sober for once! You embarrass our Kwacha each time you open your mouth! Better to keep quiet when you know you need an IMF rescue package!

  17. Lungu should have taken the stance of uhuru kenyatta by stating gay rights in Zambia have been categorically REJECTED by Zambians , but Zambia and its leadership have more important issues to attend to, including concerns raised by Foote , than Waste time on gay rights.

    Also NGOs have the right to to appeal the sentence on behalf of the jailed gays….

    Finito. Intelligent diplomacy is what carries the day……

    If Mr lungu thinks he can hold the americans hostage because of the massive embassy on a hill in Zambia, he is mistaken and is barking up a wrong dangerous tree…..

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  19. Damage limitation after making political statements in church. This tendancy of mixing religion and the state must also stop. Many a government has historically and even currently been torn apart because of flirting with faith matters.

    The donation made to the UCZ – is that going to be replicated to all other churches? Where did the money come from?

    How about a ‘free’ press conference to answer some serious questions? – Instead of galivanting around the country over silly committments and making careless statements

  20. These chaps are liers dont trust them. May be the USA Government has already responded but they are pretending.

    You dont go public like that in the Church when resolving issues concerning international relations. The Problem with menomeno is that he sees everything in votes and ignores important issues such as international relationships.

  21. So what’s there to clarify iwe Chimpampe? The truth is that in the same way Zambia did not want Amb Foote to say what he did publicly but through diplomatic channels, so too the American government would not want their Ambassador to be discussed in church or public

  22. TO you corruption and stealing mukula is christian. why don’t you talk about it. nowonder you are on the verge of exit, remember14 days to 2020

  23. Lungu will lose this fight. What about transgender people. Talk about the third gender also to the nation. We have to recognise the third gender and protect it by law.

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