This email has been circulating on the Internet.
The Republic of Zambia decided to withdraw its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Zambian Foreign Minister Kabinga J. Pande announced on Saturday in Rabat, Morocco.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri, Kabinga said that “the Republic of Zambia actually withdrew its recognition of the SADR on March 29, 2011”.
Kabinga’s visit to the Kingdom falls within the framework of strengthening political dialogue and promoting bilateral relations, notably at the economic, technical and cultural levels.
The above news item appeared on Middle East Online on 3rd April 2011. However, the real story is that Minister Kabinga Pande was sent to receive money to help with the MMD campaigns during the 2011 Elections. RB was given US$7million in return for withdrawal of the recognition of Western Sahara. Minister Pande personally received US$1million for his re-election campaign. This story has been doing the rounds in diplomatic circles in Europe and New York. It is a very embarrassing story for Zambian diplomats as they are a laughing stock of everyone. Diplomats, especially from the Arab world, have been asking a lot of silly and cynical questions to Zambian diplomats in Europe and New York. The story further goes on to state that the US$7million for RB was channeled through his ambassador in Geneva, Darlington Mwape and given Darlington’s record with deals the story appears credible. Darlington is using his personal Swiss accounts to launder money for RB.
It is rumored that he is the one who even banked the US$15million RB’s cut from the Zamtel sale deal.