I have a bigger dream, says fired ambassador Mwamba

I have a bigger dream, says fired ambassador Mwamba


*I have a bigger dream

The Dream May Tarry But Shall Be Achieved

By Emmanuel Mwamba

Since September 2020, I had agonized to make a final decision.

Everyday I was troubled, slept over it, consulted and mostly prayed about it.

I made this known to my family and close friends.

I was going to resign from my job to pursue other interests.

So when it was time, I made a step.

I resigned as Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to both the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa….

Others were alarmed!

“How could you leave a job you are good at? How could you leave a job that people can only wish for? What if your intended pursuits fail?”

Other partners like my colleagues in the United States felt I could be betraying a cause for Africa, a cause they felt Zambia and myself were doing very well. “For times such as these, you are like an Esther!”

But I was convinced this was my new path.

After several drafts, I had my final letter. I travelled to Lusaka to tender-in my resignation!

Phew. I was finally at peace!

“The Beginning of my new journey had started”, I confidently told myself.

It was not to be!

Only to be called later that; “Your resignation has been refused!”

“Your national duties to the country are more valuable than your personal pursuits!”

I was puzzled and caught by surprise by the turn of this development.

“Where did you hear that a resignation had been refused?” I asked myself!

So with forlorn mood but thanking God for this new development, I returned to Addis Ababa, to do what I know best…Do my work!

So when colleagues, friends and family recently learnt of my recall,they expressed worry and deep concern…

But I remind them; “But this is a job I resigned from. This is an opportunity I had settled to forego…”

Besides, diplomatic jobs are like a revolving door. Someone is always coming in and another is always leaving.

For me I look back to the great work we have done in foreign service since 2015 and I thank God for the rare opportunity given to me, recognizing that this chapter is now closed, and a new one shall be opened.

It is well.

The vision will be achieved. It may tarry but will surely be fulfilled.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” Habakkuk 2;3

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