US dismisses HH claim

UNITED States (US) Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz says America has never considered Zambia to be under a dictatorship government.
Mr Schultz said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that it is not true that Zambia has been a dictatorship.
On Monday, United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema claimed he has been talking to US President Donald Trump over the alleged violation of human rights by the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
Mr Hichilema claimed, President Trump will be dealing with African dictators soon after he settles in office.
He said the cancellation of the UPND planned rally in Kanyama township in Lusaka on Sunday was a total violation of human rights.
“Ambassadors do not normally talk directly to the President, that is why we have the Secretary of State. And we have not considered Zambia to be a dictatorship, and I think in the face of it, it is completely untrue,” he said.
He said this after he handed over the Kalewa Garrison Camp Hospital, which has been built at a cost of about US$1 million with assistance from the US government.
And Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo told Mr Schultz when he paid a courtesy call on the provincial administration that President Lungu is one of the most democratic leaders in the world.
“What I can assure you is that the Copperbelt is politically stable. As you might be aware, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is one of the most democratic leaders in the world,” Mr Lusambo said.
He said President Lungu is eager to see strengthened co-operation between the Zambian and US governments in many areas of economic interest.
Ndola mayor Amon Chisenga said Zambia needs to learn from the way American politicians practise democracy by readily accepting election results and recognising the President once he or she is sworn in.

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