ZAMBIA will never be a colony again and any attempts to mortgage the country to the whites for the benefit of becoming president is not only totally unacceptable but is akin to fracturing the country’s sovereignty, Wright Musoma has charged.
Mr Musoma said some diplomats accredited to Zambia are not happy with the country’s peace and political stability and are intent on causing chaos by directly meddling in the country’s political affairs by taking sides before the 11th August general elections.
Mr Musoma who is Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president said Zambia was a sovereign State and it was the expectation of citizens that diplomats accredited to the country should strictly adhere to diplomatic etiquette for the sake of smooth diplomatic relations.
“Zambia is not a colony and we have to guard against the country being mortgaged to some white mercenaries for sake of some opposition leader becoming a President of the country. The meeting the diplomats had with Mr Hakainde Hichilema will make it very difficult for the UPND leader to accept defeat after losing the election,” Mr Musoma said.
Mr Musona said Zambians were deeply worried that the international community through their representatives in Zambia had indirectly endorsed United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema for the August general elections.
He said in an interview yesterday that other opposition political parties were incensed that the diplomats had inertly decided to endorse one opposition leader in the name of Mr Hichilema.
He stated that it was not a secret that some diplomats were agitating for regime change in Zambia and has appealed to the Government to demand an explanation from the ambassadors and high commissioners to Zambia who visited Mr Hichilema at his residence.
Mr Musoma said the visit to Mr Hichilema’s residence by the diplomats was meant to psych the general public that the UPND president was to be elected President of Zambia in the general elections in August this year.
He said Zambians should reject manuevours by the diplomats to influence the outcome of the general election by demanding that the international community whilst partners should avoid the temptation of directly getting involved in the country’s political affairs.
Mr Musona said if the diplomats were sincere, they would have called all the opposition political parties to discuss and listen to their concerns rather than choosing one political party they believed was likely to win the august general elections.
But Mr Kalaba said he was aware that 15 representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Zambia were last weekend hosted by United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema at his residence.
Mr Kalaba said such practices should be expected especially during the run-up of the forth coming general elections.
“I would like to emphasize that the engagement of the Diplomatic corps by all the stakeholders, such as political parties, including the opposition , is a normal practice in any democratic country like Zambia, more so, in the run-up to general elections,” he explained.
He said in some countries such gatherings would not be accommodated by the government, he added that this was not the case for Zambia as long as such is conducted within the law.
Mr Kalaba said the country was proud of how it had in a short period of time of the multiparty system made significant efforts in enhancing democracy through subsequent popular and representative governments.
“In other countries, such gatherings would not be accommodated by the government, but in Zambia, events of this nature are accommodated, as long as they are conducted within the confines of the law, we stand proud of how, over a relatively short period of our multiparty system of governance, we have continued to make strides in our effort to enhance our democracy through subsequent popular and representative governments,” he said.
He also explained that the government remained committed to democracy good governance and the rule of law.