‘Sata meeting donors to push for homosexuality’

The Forum for Leadership Search (FLS) has said it has information that some diplomats have been meeting Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata to lobby that Zambia should revert back to a secular State and that homosexuality should be recognised in the country.

And Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) president David Masupa has called on the PF leader to make public the discussions he has been holding with some diplomats.

Commenting on Mr Sata’s recent meetings with some diplomats, FLS executive director Edwin Lifwekelo said in Lusaka yesterday that he had received information that some envoys had been lobbying the opposition party on issues of homosexuality.

“In as much as we recognise that the diplomats have the right to meet anybody, we are concerned about the manner in which the meetings have been portrayed by some private newspapers. They want to portray Mr Sata as a statesman,” Mr Lifwekelo said.

He said there were some foreign countries that were not pleased that the National Constitutional Conference had adopted the Christian nation clause in the Draft Constitution.

Mr Lifwekelo said these countries were now lobbying that Zambia is re-declared a secular State.

“We are worried that Zambia is being auctioned in exchange for these so-called gay rights in broad daylight,” he said.

He has since urged the Christian community to condemn these acts.

The Government has described as acts of desperation by the PF leader to hold meetings with diplomats to discredit President Rupiah Banda.

Mr Sata recently held meetings with Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania and Zambia, Robert Orr where he claimed that he could run Zambia better than President Banda.

He also held a meeting with Belgian Ambassador to Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius, Paul Jansen.

But Mr Sata when contacted for a comment dispelled the statement and challenged Mr Lifwekelo to provide evidence over the allegations.

He said there was no law that stopped anybody from meeting diplomats because the envoys wanted to know policies of the opposition parties as governments-in-waiting.

“Mr Lifwekelo must be very careful. He should not insult these people. If diplomats want to meet me should I refuse? Diplomats want to know the alternative policies of the government in waiting.

“I will continue to meet them until they make a law that stops me from meeting them. Even today (yesterday) I was meeting the Germany ambassador,” he said.

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