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NEGATIVE reports about Zambia are not a true reflection of what is obtaining in the country, says Chipangali MMD member of parliament Vincent Mwale.
Mwale, who is also chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) advised Zambians to ignore the negative reports about the country being published in some newspapers and online media.
Mwale, who led a delegation which included members of the PAC, officials from the Auditor General’s office, Ministry of Finance (Controller of Internal Audits and Accountant General’s office) to Zambia’s Embassy in Brussels said the country was in a hurry to develop and urged the embassy to continue wooing investors to Zambia.
“Take the skills that you have got from other countries to develop your country. The President has said ‘come and help the nation’. Let us put Zambia first; that is our country; that is our motherland and we back home as politicians, you know, you may read this and that – we are so united. We want to see better living standards for our people in rural and urban areas,” he said according to a statement by first secretary for press and public relations at Zambia’s embassy in Brussels, Lambwe Kachali.
He said although it was human to have differences in any country, such should be left to politicians.
Mwale said Zambia was united and the economy had continued to grow.
And Mwale noted that because of the several multilateral institutions, the Brussels embassy was an important mission for Zambia and noted the need for competence among staff to match the daily challenges.
He further urged the embassy to use financial regulations as their guide to avoid anomalies and audit queries.
Mwale said the PAC’s job was to ensure public funds were safeguarded and used in the best interest of all Zambians.
He also assured Zambians in the Diaspora to remain hopeful because the dual citizenship clause had been retained in the draft constitution.
Mwale said the clause had immense advantages to Zambia and its citizens.
He cited Philippines as having benefited significantly from dual citizenship, saying Filipinos in the Diaspora were greatly contributing to their country’s treasury.
Mwale urged Zambians in the Diaspora to promote oneness and guard their country jealously.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union, Grace Mutale Kabwe, said she remained committed to encouraging investors to invest in Zambia.
Ambassador Kabwe also expressed hope that Zambians who had already acquired foreign citizenship would feel encouraged by the decision to retain dual citizenship clause in the constitution.
“There are quite a number of Zambians here in the Benelux that are going to be very happy about the dual citizenship clause being retained. Because we have so many of our sisters and brothers who are married from here (Brussels), Netherlands and you know they want to invest in both countries; they want to be able to freely go home and come here. So it will really be a good message to give to them,” said Ambassador Kabwe.
PAC, being an oversight committee, visited Brussels to inspect the mission with respect to financial management and accountability, arising from the 2010-2011 Auditor General’s report and also to acquaint itself with the management of properties that were seized by the Taskforce on Corruption.
Courtesy of the Post newspaper