LUSAKA, Saturday, July 30, 2011 – I wish to inform the nation that, contrary to Patriotic Front (PF) assertions, His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, did not invite His Excellency Ngwazi Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi to come and open the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka.
Records are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for anyone to check that at no time did President Banda send any invitation to any Head of State to come and open the show, just as was the case with this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola.
It is, therefore, unfortunate that the PF can concoct malicious statements about President Banda and President Mutharika whose country has enjoyed longstanding warm relations with Zambia, dating back to pre-independence days.
It must be put on record that President Banda’s decision not to invite President Mutharika, or indeed any other Head of State has nothing to do with the recent disturbances in Malawi.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS