Kalaba blames UN for Zambia’s embarrassment at General Assembly

Kalaba blames UN for Zambia’s embarrassment at General Assembly
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has told parliament Tuesday afternoon that the diplomatic embarrassment that resulted from President Sata’s failure to deliver his speech to the United Nations General Assembly despite being called was on the UN and not Zambia.
Delivering a ministerial statement to parliament on the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly that was held in New York last month, Kalaba said the embarrassment was on the organisers because his ministry had alerted the organisers in time that President Sata was not available and had requested to be given another slot.
It is not however clear whether Zambia had requested for another slot because there was no speech from the Zambian President at any time.
And Kalaba has said that the President used his discretion and prerogative to delegate him to read his speech to the plenary session on climate change.
This was in response to opposition members who wondered why President Sata delegated his responsibility after travelling all the way to New York.
Meanwhile, Kalaba has disclosed that the Zambian government was following up the New York Times through its mission in the United States over the story they published to the effect that President Sata had fallen ill and was treated from his hotel room.
Kalaba further said at no time did anyone close to the President phone 911 for the President to be treated and said after learning of the story President Sata jokingly told him that he had died several times in Zambia from 2001.

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