PRINCE AKISHINO, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akishino who is second in line to the Japanese throne, and his wife Princess Kiko are due to start a 5 days goodwill visit to Zambia on June 28, 2014.
During the tour, the royal couple will call on President Michael Sata, former President Kenneth Kaunda, tour Livingstone and Kabwata Cultural Village.
This is according to a statement issued by Third Secretary for Public Relations and Culture at the Embassy of Japan in Zambia, Mr. Yuta Sekiyama said,
President Sata and his government invited the Prince and Princess to be part of the commemoration of this historic occasion and celebration of this memorable year.
But this is the same period that the host, Mr. Sata will be away for one month to Israel at the invitation of that country’s out-going President Shimon Peres, who in fact ceased to be President on 10th June 2014.
But Sata’s alleged host in Israel, Shimon Peres’s office seems not aware of his (Mr. Sata) visit as he left for United States of America where he is scheduled for a series of farewell meetings with top US officials including President Barack Obama.
And even if Mr. Peres was aware, one wonders what sense and benefits for the Zambian tax-payers for the president to waste resources visiting an out-going president while running away from an in-coming Japanese Emperor visiting him at home in Zambia.
Mr. Sata is also expected to attend the African Union summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.
What is even more confusing is that despite president Sata having left the country, the military security guards outside State House have been left standing outside the gate together with the presidential flag that is flying.
Traditionally, when the president leaves State House, symbols of authority such as the guards outside State House and the presidential flag are supposed to be removed.