By Nation Reporter
GOVERNMENT is disappointed with veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga for insinuating that the outcome of the February Ugandan general elections could have been manipulated in favour of President Yoweri Museveni by Ms Al Ghurairi Printing and Publishing House.
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said Dr Mwaanga’s unverified allegations that the Ugandan elections could have been manipulated had the potential to sour the diplomatic relationship Zambia was enjoying with Uganda.
Mr Kalaba said Uganda was a sovereign state and Dr Mwaanga, a career diplomat, was diplomatically imprudent to drag the East African country into the Zambian politics.
Speaking at a media briefing at his office yesterday, Mr Kalaba said Dr Mwaanga went off diplomatic etiquette to impute that key voting materials for the Ugandan general elections were printed in Dubai and to claim that some of the ballot papers were pre-marked and ended up in the wrong hands.
Mr Kalaba said it was not in conformity with good international practice for Dr Mwaanga to have named Uganda and bring into dispute other political processes that were for the domestic jurisdiction of other states.
He said it was regrettable that Dr Mwaanga’s utterances were made but assured the Ugandan government that Zambia would endeavour to maintain good bilateral relations based on mutual interests and respect.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that it is not in conformity with good international practice to name other countries and bring into disrepute other political processes that are of the domestic jurisdiction of other states,” Mr Kalaba said.
Mr Kalaba said political players should at all times avoid naming other countries and political processes particularly in states where matters had not been fully verified because such unguarded statements could have serious repercussions on the bilateral relations of countries with which Zambia was in good standing.