British High Commission clarifies Zamtel statement twisted by Post & Daily Mail

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British High Commission clarifies Zamtel story in the Post and Zambia Daily Mail

The articles in the Post and Zambia Daily Mail on 28 January concerning Zamtel did not accurately reflect the British High Commission’s position on the issue.

The British High Commission fully supports the efforts to tackle corruption in Zambia. Corruption is not only wrong in itself; it also impedes economic development. DFID is working with the Zambian Government in the fight against corruption.

It is important that any action, including the reversal of the sale of Zamtel, be carried out according to the law, and that this be seen to be the case.

Furthermore, it is in the interests of Zambia that the government acts in such a way as to ensure the continued confidence of investors in the country.

The statement of David Pearce, Deputy High Commissioner, on 27 January was in line with the above. The British High Commission has not said anything further about the reversal of the sale of Zamtel and does not, at this point at least, intend to do so.

For further information please contact the Press and Public Affairs section at the British High Commission on telephone +260 2111 423200 or visit our website:


British High Commission, Lusaka

28 January 2012

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