US Embassy visit to Post Newspaper derision

Reactions to reports that US Embassy officials Janet Deutsh, the public affairs officer and information specialist Zarina Geloo – visited the  Post newspaper to offer solidarity and to discuss press freedom range from vague irritation to outright derision in the Zambian public domain.

However, I do rather suspect the public regard it as a clear manifestation that the US government was ready to work with any organization that was championing regime change (Daily Nation, December 22, 2015).

Whatever the outcome of it all, in future history will be written with one eye firmly on the two US Embassy officials’ objectives and fall-out from their visit to the Post newspaper.

If that is starting to sound all too familiar then the moral of this story: what American ambassadors say in the interests of diplomacy may not always be what they think.

Mubanga Luchembe