DIPLOMATS should tell us their agenda of visiting United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema because we have information that they want to advance gay rights in Zambia, Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba has charged.
And the PF youths yesterday presented their solidarity letter at the gate of the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia commending the Chinese government for being an all-weather friend of Zambia and for the ambassador’s absence from the luncheon hosted for his fellow diplomats by Mr. Hichilema.
Mr. Kamba said the PF youths were sceptical about the visit of the diplomats as there were rumours that the visit was aimed at pledging support for the UPND for this year’s election in order to advance their gay rights agenda in the country.
“We challenge them to tell us what their agenda is because there are already rumours that the diplomatic community have pledged support to Mr. Hichilema in this year’s election if he accepted that the country would honour gay rights once he is elected into power.
“We hear UPND have also agreed to change the Constitution preamble by removing the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation and this is what we are against because diplomats cannot dictate to us how they want our country to be run,” Mr. Kamba said.
And in the solidarity message, vice chairperson for information committee Charity Banda said the ruling party and government were happy with the cordial relationship between Zambia and China.
“We wish to commend your great country for being an all-weather friend of Zambia. The solid relationship between our two countries which dates back to the pre-independence time has benefited Zambia greatly in various sectors.
“We have no doubt that China values the friendship with Zambia and wishes to preserve this relationship. Hence we believe that the reason you would not be party to any meetings and activities contrary to the provisions of the Vienna Convention is to ensure continued good diplomatic relations with our great country,” Ms. Banda said.
He said the PF was grateful that the ambassador did not engaging in activities that clearly pointed to involvement in Zambia’s internal political issues adding that his conduct during elections had been exemplary.
“You have worked well with sitting governments in Zambia and you have never tried to influence the Zambian voter through gimmicks such as endorsements of opposition leaders. Moreover, you have never tried to force our country to embrace practices such as homosexuality that are at variance with our traditional and religious beliefs.
“Against the above background, we wish to sincerely commend you Your Excellency and your great country for staying out of our internal politics. Finally, it is our prayer that China will continue to be a shining example of the mutual respect that should characterise diplomatic relations,” she said.