Did ambasador Luhila ‘lie’ to Liberian president?

Zambia’s Ambassadors to Liberia Alexis Luhila has told Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that Zambia Airways will resume flights to that country.

Though it is true that Zambia Airways operated a route to New York via Monrovia, it was liquidated in 1995.

Luhila issued the statement Tuesday when he presented his Letter of Credence to Africa’s only female president in the capital Monrovia.

Ambassador Luhila claimed that preparations were underway to have the Zambian national airline, Zambia Airways, resume flights to Monrovia.

According to him, during the regime of the late Liberian President William R. Tolbert, the airline flew to Monrovia on a weekly basis; taking beef to supply the Liberian market.

He expressed Zambia readiness to restore ties with the Liberian government and to support government’s restoration process.

In response, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recounted Zambia’s selfless contribution to the Liberian peace process by sending police officers to maintain peace in the country. She recalled the role of Zambia Airways during the 1970s, when the flight took beef to supply the Liberian market.

“It may be recalled that many Zambian businesswomen flew into Liberia weekly on Zambia Airways to do widespread shopping in Liberia, in the areas of African designed clothing, cooking utensils, textiles, toys, etc.” Said Johnson.

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