Government has refuted assertions that President Michael Sata´s bizarre jokes about tension between Malawi and Tanzania further spoiled relations of the two countries and of Zambia with them.
According to PF government propaganda news agency ZANIS, on Friday , Sata joked when he delivered his maiden speech at the ongoing SADC heads of state and government summit in Maputo that Malawi and Tanzania ceased fire before they fired any bullet concerning the two countries´ border dispute.
The truth is that Sata interjected the outgoing SADC chair to shout that ‘ if they start fighting their refugees can come to Zambia’
Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda who is among Zambian ministers attending the SADC heads of state and government summit in Mozambique explained to Zambian journalists in Maputo today that the perception portrayed by the Watchdog online publication was not correct, reports ZANIS.
The Watchdog never reported there was tension between Zambia and Malawi but that Sata joked about potential war between Malawi and Zambia.
But Lubinda said to the contrary, relations between the two countries and Zambia were cordial and normal as before.
He said President Sata and President Joyce Banda of Malawi sat next to each other during a state banquet last evening and were talking to each other in a cordial manner.
According to PF government propaganda news agency ZANIS, Saturday afternoon, President Sata and President Banda walked side-by-side after having lunch at Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre, where the SADC heads of state and government summit is taking place.