Diplomats free, must follow procedure – Wina


STEVEN MVULA, Parliament
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina yesterday told Parliament that diplomats accredited to Zambia are free to interact with any opposition leader but must follow procedure in doing so.
“In as much as diplomats accredited to Zambia are at liberty to mingle with any opposition leader, it is only prudent that procedure is followed by notifying the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Mrs Wina said.
She explained that there is no reason why diplomats cannot interact with the opposition.
“Diplomats are free to associate with any leader but for the sake of courtesy, they need to go through the normal channels,” Mrs Wina said.
She was responding to a question by Nakonde member of Parliament Abel Sichula (PF), who wanted to know if the visit by the diplomats to a political leader has any effect on the PF.
This was during the 30 minutes Vice-President’s question time.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina has described President Lungu as one of the most democratic leaders in Africa and that he is assured of a convincing victory in the August 11 general election.
Mrs Wina said President Lungu is such a democratic leader that in the most unlikely event he loses the election, he cannot cling on to power.
“President Lungu is going to win this election with a 50-percent -plus-one vote mandate. He is a very democratic leader who enjoys massive support across all parts of the country,” Mrs Wina said.
She said this in response to a question by Siavonga MP Kennedy Hamudulu (UPND), who wanted to know if President Lungu will refuse to hand over power in an event  that he loses the election.
Mr Hamudulu alleged that some online social media reports suggest that President Lungu is not prepared to hand over power if at all he loses the election.
Mrs Wina said it is apparent that Mr Hamudulu is a disciple of social media, which in most cases is misleading.
“Some social media and some print media are very misleading and we know their sponsors who are bent on destabilising the nation,” the Vice-President said.
She said Zambians, whether educated or not, know what is best for them and they know that President Lungu is the man to lead the country.

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