After receiving money from King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Edgar Lungu has once more withdrawn Zambia’s recognition of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara).
This is what we mean when we say Edgar Lungu is just a corrupt money mongering, incompetent hypocrite whose foreign policy is based on which ruler of a foreign country gives him more money.
On February 19, 2016, Edgar Lungu decided to recognize Western Sahara and accused Morocco of colonizing another African country.
“I wish to assure you of our relentless collective calls for the independence of the people of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” Lungu told Salam El-Mami, Western Sahara’s ambassador to Zambia.
In December 2016, the King of Morocco abruptly cancelled a visit to Zambia leading to various speculations.
In January 2017 and in apparent revenge, Lungu invited the the President of the Sahrawi Republic Brahim Ghali to Zambia. During their meeting, Lungu told Ghali that “We are truly behind Sahrawi for the emancipation of the country and its people,’ according to the Zambia Daily Mail, a government newspaper https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=91816
In February 2017, the King of Morocco suddenly visited Zambia.
Just yesterday, (February 25, 2017) Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia does not recognise Western Sahara.
The official Moroccan media reports that Zambia has reiterated its decision to withdraw its recognition of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, an entity established by the Algeria-backed Polisario front in February 1976.
The announcement was made by Zambia’s Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba on Saturday.
“I reiterate my statement made on July 9, 2016 in Rabat,” Kalaba told Morocco’s official news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/…/zambia-withdraws-recogn…/
Kalaba added that his country believes that “Morocco’s return to the African Union affords the African family an opportunity to push for this question, which has lasted for a long time, towards a peaceful solution in a spirit of African consensus, dialogue and mutual respect.”
The announcement was made less than a month after Morocco’s return to the African Union and few days following King Mohammed VI’s first official visit to Zambia.
During the visit, King Mohammed VI and Zambia’s President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, chaired the signing of 19 partnership agreements between the Morocco and Zambia.
It should also be remembered that the position of SADC and the AU is that Westen Sahara is a separate country which is illegally occupied by Morocco.
It should be remembered that during the last African Union summit in Ethiopia, Lungu refrained from voting on the question of readmitting Morocco to the continental body. This is clearly because Lungu’s actions are not based on principle but bribes. If Lungu had officially voted for admitting or rejecting Morocco, he would have been in trouble with either Morocco or Western Sahara.
As you are reading this, Western Sahara diplomats are in Lusaka where they live and work.
On February 09, 2017, while in Algeria, which supports Western Sahara, Zambian minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba expressed Zambia’s wish that the Western Sahara borders are respected and that Morocco “keeps in mind that Western Sahara is a member country of the African Union (AU).”
“I hope that the Western Sahara borders are respected and that Morocco keeps in mind that Western Sahara is a member State of the AU,” Kalaba told the press at the end of his meeting with Algeria’s Minister of State, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.
He recalled that the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a member of the AU, underlining that the continental Organization was created not only to promote trading and cooperation between the countries of the continent but also to impose the respect of the sovereignty of the member States and their borders.”
Last colony in Africa, Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 after the withdrawal of Spanish troops and remains, to this day, listed by the United Nations in the chapter of territories to be decolonized, according to the rules of international laws on the subject.
In the photos, Lungu with the king of morocco and president of Western Sahara during different visits but all in 2017