Zambian government officials steal millions of Dollars, insists USA

Zambian government officials steal millions of Dollars, insists USA

Why is the Zambian government concentrating on the homosexual comment when the USA ambassador actually said something more important? He said Zambian government officials loot millions of tax payers money.
And here ambassador Foote insists that government officials are thieves. As ZWD, we believe that it is the theft statement that has angered Zambian government officials but they are using homosexual comments to hurt the ambassador.

Read full statement below:
The United States and Zambia Partnering Together
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NR/1226/12/02/2019 CONTACT: Sean McIntosh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Affairs Officer
December 2, 2019 Phone: +260 211 357000

Press Statement from U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Let us first acknowledge World AIDS Day, which we will celebrate tomorrow in Zambia. We highlighted this year’s theme, “Communities make the difference,” last week in Mandevu, with a huge, wonderful, and exceptionally welcoming group from Lusaka’s largest constituency, as we opened a clinic in the market. Many thanks to the PF supporters, who professionally and kindly provided security for me, showing the benefit of these young men when they’re not being sent on political errands.
The American people have provided more than $4 billion in HIV/AIDS support in the last 15 years. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, we currently have well over 1 million Zambians on life-changing anti-retroviral medicine, touching close to half of the families in the country. By knowing your HIV status and being on treatment, which prevents transmission, the only difference between HIV-negative and HIV-positive today is the medicine.
Unfortunately, stigma and discrimination remain as our biggest mutual challenges in eradicating the AIDS epidemic. Discriminatory and homophobic laws, under the false flags of Christianity and culture, continue to kill innocent Zambians, many of whom were born with the virus. Your citizens are terrified of being outed as HIV-positive, because of the inaccurate and archaic associations between HIV and homosexuality.
Lamentably, I will be unable to attend tomorrow’s AIDS Day events because of threats made against me, via various media, over my comments on the harsh sentencing of homosexuals.
My job as U.S. Ambassador is to promote the interests, values, and ideals of the United States. Zambia is one of the largest per-capita recipients of U.S. assistance in the world, at $500 million each year. In these countries where we contribute resources, this includes partnering in areas of mutual interest, and holding the recipient government accountable for its responsibilities under this partnership.
The U.S. government is far from perfect, and we always welcome feedback, including from Zambia through your embassy in Washington. If we didn’t, we might not have changed our repugnant laws allowing slavery and other human rights contraventions, historical misdeeds for which I passionately apologize.
I highly appreciate the exceptional welcome and friendship extended by Zambia’s wonderful people throughout my two years here, and I have nothing but the highest respect for your citizens. I read with interest Honorable Minister Malanji’s reaction to my opinion regarding the harsh sentencing of a homosexual couple, and the hundreds of other comments made by Zambian citizens on social media.
I was shocked at the venom and hate directed at me and my country, largely in the name of “Christian” values, by a small minority of Zambians. I thought, perhaps incorrectly, that Christianity meant trying to live like our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am not qualified to sermonize, but I cannot imagine Jesus would have used bestiality comparisons or referred to his fellow human beings as “dogs,” or “worse than animals;” allusions made repeatedly by your countrymen and women about homosexuals. Targeting and marginalizing minorities, especially homosexuals, has been a warning signal of future atrocities by governments in many countries. In my heart, I know that real Zambian values don’t merit your country’s inclusion on that list, ever.
I agree that this this issue is completely up to Zambians to decide. You are blessed with a diversity of Christian denominations, and while I understand that many are not Catholic, let me cite Pope Francis. He has repeatedly spoken about the need for his Church to welcome and love all people, regardless of sexual orientation. In 2016, the Pope said, “When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, ‘Go away because you are homosexual.’”
While I am not here to litigate our bilateral disagreements point by point, I would like to share the U.S. perspective directly, before it’s filtered through Zambia’s state-controlled media.
I agree that we should be working to improve critical issues like food insecurity and the electricity shortage, but Americans can’t do it alone, without cooperation from your government. The U.S. brought energy experts to work with Zambian ministries for over two years, and we jointly developed a plan to reform the sector and ensure better electricity delivery to the people. This plan has been dormant for over a year, because of domestic politics. We’ve seen the awful impact of the drought, and I expect to imminently announce additional American help for those most affected by hunger.
In my two years, I have strived to improve the U.S.-Zambia partnership, with minimal success. Let us stop the façade that our governments enjoy “warm and cordial” relations. The current government of Zambia wants foreign diplomats to be compliant, with open pocketbooks and closed mouths. Minister Malanji reminded me that I have “always been granted audience to the Ministry and the Government of Zambia.” That is not the case. With few exceptions, the U.S. President’s personal representative to Zambia—me—has been relegated to meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Secretary level. Despite $500 million in annual American, debt-free support to the Zambian people, I have been granted exclusive bilateral audience with the President only five times in two years, usually with delays of months upon my request, and little action of mutual interest has been taken by State House. Last week, we rearranged my schedule—and I’m somewhat busy administering a half-a-billion dollars in annual programs here—to meet with the President on Friday. On Friday, State House told me to come Saturday, a day already filled with rescheduled meetings. That’s not mutual respect. Both the American taxpayers, and Zambian citizens, deserve a privileged, two-way partnership, not a one-way donation that works out to $200 million per meeting with the Head of State.
The Foreign Minister accused me of interfering with Zambia’s internal affairs, as he has done each time any foreign diplomat accredited to Zambia offers an opinion different to that of the current Zambian government, and of “questioning the Zambian constitution.” I just re-read Zambia’s entire constitution, which I believe is an admirable document, and there is no reference to “having sex against the order of nature,” or of homosexuality for that matter. Your constitution does declare, however, to uphold “a person’s right to freedom of conscience, belief or religion; the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every person;” to “respect the diversity of the different communities of Zambia;” and to “promote and protect the rights and freedoms of a person.” It is up to Zambian citizens and the courts to decide if your laws correspond to your constitution, but your constitution itself provides every person the right to freedom and expression of conscience and belief. I expressed my belief about a law and a harsh sentencing I don’t agree with. I didn’t interfere in internal affairs.
When considering the status of Zambia’s “very independent” judiciary, I note the President’s strong, recurring statements in July through yesterday rejecting homosexual rights and “gayism.” I wonder if that could have any impact on the courts. Again, this is a matter for the Zambian people to decide, but the Zambian people deserve transparency and truth.
Regarding the Minister’s denials over my comments about government officials stealing millions of dollars in public funds, the government always requests “evidence” of such misdeeds. Is that really the role of the international community? In recent history, numerous donor partners have carried out investigations, with the cooperation of the Zambian government, concluding that many millions of dollars have been misappropriated in the Ministries of Community Development and Social Welfare, Education, and Health. In most cases, the Zambian government assumed responsibility and quietly made restitution to the donating organizations from public funds. However, like the lack of public information made available on Zambia’s debt acquired over the past few years, the government has chosen not to share this vital data with its citizens, nor have we seen assertive corruption prosecutions. If this happened with funds from a handful of donors in a few ministries, what could be happening on a broader basis?
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of Zambian citizens have expressed despair to me about sharing conflicting opinions, fearing intimidation, imprisonment, physical assault, closure of media houses, etc.; examples of which are well documented in recent years. These dissenting opinions are certainly not shared by state-controlled media such as ZNBC, Zambia Daily Mail, and Times of Zambia. It’s time to advocate for a real voice for all Zambians and uphold a person’s right to freedom of conscience and belief.
I have consistently pledged that it’s not my place to tell Zambia what to do, but that I would always be honest and frank. The exceptional yearly assistance from American to Zambian citizens, and the constitution of Zambia, should enable all of us to express our opinions without acrimonious accusations or actions. I hope the government of Zambia commits to improve its decaying relationship with the United States, but that is a decision for it to make.
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    Hamase Choong 3 days ago

    Are Zambian that people stupid, why should you pray for a currency as was at Heroes stadium led by the president? God must have laughed seeing a group of people praying
    for the kwacha, it is still in free fall to this day, not formulating a proper economic plan and policies is the answer and not prayers. God did not heed your prayers for the economy so what are we going to do now? more prayers? which other country on this planet has ever prospered economically through prayer? Stop lying to ourselves and praying for things instead of doing things.The Zambian government is full of thieves, what happened to social payments money? Those road construction projects are all super inflated, we are building the most expensive roads on the planet I have no clue what materials they constitute. Don’t blame the ambassador, what he is saying is true, if you are a Christian nation stop stealing public funds, theft is a sin or none Christian practice? do not hide behind the comment about gays, come to terms with reality. The gay people have not put the state of the economy where it is, its the government or leadership. There is nothing about gay people in the Zambian constitution. We have a government that lives breathes lies, Zambia wake up before you become a paraya state if you are not one already. Now our fools are going to vote for a one party state via bill 10, another stroke of either genius or insanity, yes our children and grand children will have to fix the mess we are busy creating including the loans accrued thus far beginning with the euro bond in 2022

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    Amb Foote is right 6 days ago

    ‪The Christian nation declaration has taken our citizens to extreme levels on morals, where they can’t apply simple logic to situations! Amb Foote compared hash sentencing of ordinary citizens, where as PF leaders who hv stolen big & denied us good public services afreely moving‬

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    The Watchman 7 days ago

    Where is HH??
    Why is HH gagged?
    Where is the UPND voice??
    Where is Garry Nkombo??
    Where is Jack Mwiimbu??
    What is HH afraid of saying on this matter of Foote….
    My suspicions have just increased with regard to the UPND position on homosexuality ????
    Where is the voice of HH??????

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    oranje91 1 week ago

    I wonder if Zambians would have the same opposition to this issue if they knew that the US pays for the free IRVs that people take for granted. Before we we bite the hand that feeds us let us first tally what they do for us and assess if we can live without, otherwise we will be trading in for bigger problems to preserve our moral beliefs.
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      The Watchman 7 days ago

      Oranje91
      Put on your thinking cap and see clearly. Foote digressed into an area that contradicts the values of Zambia . Why say that? Why should Foote demean my values? Why should Foote want to promote corrupted misdeeds? Foote, this is NOT your motherland and if you think you are bigger than the collective values of Zambians, get on the next flight back to your country. I would rather am poor and hassler than have my core principles diminished. Am with ECL 100%

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    american dog should not bark zambians, take him to chinama he is mud

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    Mabvuto 1 week ago

    It’s us to suffer while ecl will be enjoying

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    Mabvuto 1 week ago

    It’s us zambians who will suffer.lets wake up zambians.The issue of homosexuals shud not ruin our lives.Lets learn to forgive,after all we are christians.Remember Mugabe was enjoying while the people of Zimbabwe were suffering

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    Mabvuto 1 week ago

    It’s us zambians who will suffer.lets wake up zambians.The issue of homosexuals shud not ruin our lives.Lets learn to forgive,after all we are christians.Remember Mugabe was enjoying while the people of Zimbabwe were suffering

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    Elijah 1 week ago

    300 megawatts for 20.5 millions of dollars comes to about 68 dollars per kilowatt or about 952 kwacha at 14 zmw per dollar rate.  Zesco selling 1 kilowatt for 89 ngwee how come they pay 952 kwacha to SA. How is 20.5 millions of dollars allegedly paid to SA for power really distributed?

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    twambochitalu@gmail.com 1 week ago

    What is Zambia’s debt and how and when is it going to be paid back? you are living on borrowed monies, how much of the current budget will come from donor funding and you expect them not to question how its spent? Where are you going to borrow from next? we already owe China, the IMF talks have stalled, what next? borrowing without parliamentary oversight, we are heading for disaster. What the government is doing is brewing a toxic cocktail for Zambian born and unborn, Zimbabwe way is where Zambia is heading. 10 years from now we wont recognise our country. Just get real, enough theft and it should come to and end. Gay people have nothing to do with the corrupt practices of this government. Look at the elephant in the room

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    True zambian 1 week ago

    Media corruption which you don’t even produce evidence, if you are genuine why not come out and testify in courts of law?you just like talking on your imaginary things.

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    Munyenge, keep quiet. Do you not care about the wholesale corruption and misuse of donor funds in our country. At least the USAmb is speaking the truth and is honest with his opinion. Well said Dan! Why are some of you SO MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY and not the PF Govt STEALING millions from us Zambian taxpayers? Unless you are part of it? The Amb only highlighted his opinion on the 15yrs sentencing of the two men. Absurd isn’t it? 15 yrs for a civil matter, but none for corruption? PF and their minions steal millions and no one has been put in jail. “Open” corruption but it’s being neglected. You must be one of them, reading your comments. Do you not care how this Govt is openly stealing public funds and misusing (Govt calls it misappropriated) donor funds?? Are you actually an honest Zambian or merely just a PF cadre? Think deeply b4 you comment. God bless Zambia.

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    Munene 1 week ago

    Wonder why the blind bitter negative opposition followers are supporting the US diplomat…!!! Clearly, now we know who is supporting homosexuality in Zambia. The silence of HH is also questionable…! Change mind, I will not vote for homosexuality come 2021…!

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    Disgusted 1 week ago

    Mukosa and others, you are so right. A good example, of the 1.1million receiving ARVs, over 70% are paid for by US Govt and the other 20% through Global Fund – funded laargely by US Govt. Not adding our malaria, cancer and other development programmes. does this man know what he is talking about? he and his cronnies have stolen enough to buy ARVs from S. Africa. Its poor ordinary working and unemployed Zambians WHO WILL DIEThis is serious friends.

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    BETTER MUST COME 1 week ago

    THANK YOU FOR THE TIMELY MESSAGE AMB. FOOTE. YOU MAY BE AMERICAN BUT IT IS CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE A HEART FOR ZAMBIANS. THE NATIONAL DEBT HAS INDEED SKYROCKETED DANGEROUSLY AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE. THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN FORM OF ROADS IS CONDUIT OF MEGA CORRUPTION IN THE FORM OF OVER-PRICING OF ROAD COSTS PER KM.
    SPEAK FOR US AMB. FOOTE BECAUSE NO ZAMBIAN CAN SEE THE NEXT DAY IF HE SPOKE AS YOU DID. YOU MUST EVEN APPLY FOR ZAMBIAN CITIZENSHIP.

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    Mukosa Liteta 1 week ago

    Your excellence, you went beyond your call. You must accept that. The aid is not tied to Zambia following the USA norms. Therefore, you can’t say that because Zambia gets so much aid from the USA Zambia must follow what pertains in the USA and Zambian courts must make judgements dependent on USA laws.
    If that does not sound absurd, then I don’t know what does.

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    Daniel 1 week ago

    Wise people have better ways of handling issues than these ill informed PF rantings. Zambia is being ruled by people who have failed to even look after their own lives but want to look after Zambia. See the childish manner in which they are handling this issue. They are now playing in the hands of powerful countries. Is this not the Mugabe arrogance.

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    Disgusted 1 week ago

    Ithink today’s World has changed. Of all the serious allegations made by the ambassador, this audience is not focusing on the money’s he alleged our leaders stole? The USA has legalised gay relationships and well within his dipmilatic right to argue strngly fpr it. But for a diplomat to make a sweeping statement as he did abut leaders stealing money, and the governemnt has not refuted it, and we the citizens arent demanding for proof from the ambassador? What am I missing? These are serious allegations. We have a weak president who cant even reclaim the Forest section 27 gpt his citizens again showing how croked and weak and complicit he is in all the corruption in his govermnent. This country may be doomed if we dont wake up. The failed recent talks with IMF is a prelude to untold misery and hunger we have not experienced in this before.

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    Half a billion United States Dollars…which ever currency on this planet this is a lot of money.

    Meanwhile why are we not talking about loadshedding, I have no power and if you believe hydroelectric is the only source of power you need to back to school and stop insulting Trump because the guy has nukes which we can use for power generation if we talk to him nicely. Foolish pride.

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    Padope 1 week ago

    I am trying to appreciate the American ambassador s comments,which may have been genuine if America had led by example. We have follwed president Trump’s association with girls and also the Jeffrey Epstein story, and many more. When they have ‘corrected’ their system his comments will make sense.

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    Abash PF 1 week ago

    PF should know that you cannot intimidate everyone. Zambians have many times called you corrupt. Diplomats have also lost their patience with you. You want everyone to keep quite while you loot the country. Your plan is to go the Zimbabwe way.You don’t even care whether your regime is isolated by the west or not.Actually you would rather the country is under sanctions rather than you leaving government.You want to rule over Zambia by force. All you care about is your futures. However your days are numbered

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    We don’t want Democrats here, may Trump send Republicans. Democrats are evil with a evil global agenda serving their God Lucifer, may you go back and make speeches in America and leave us alone

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      Sarah 1 week ago

      Trump : several wives, lies like breathing, racist, failed at every business he ever ran, avoids paying taxes and involved in corrupt dealings 
      Republicans and Evangelicals: racists, liars, secret pedophiles and homosexuals, steal from the poor and give massive tax cuts to the rich. 
      Don’t show your lack of knowledge about American politics. Like sheep, you repeat the nonsense you heard somewhere, but have never researched it. I live in the US and have for a long time. I know.  

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        abilima 1 week ago

        Ba Sarah – It is actually you who is ignorant: The slave owners were and those that fought to keep slaves were democrats. The liberal agenda – including gay rights is spearheaded by democrats. Take Donald Trump out of this nonsense. If there is anything I agree with Donald Trump, it is his stand on these queer behaviors.

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        Elijah 1 week ago

        Don’t feed a troll sis, waste of time. Troll will have a visitation from an evil spirit whose name he invoked very soon.

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          Sarah 1 week ago

          Lol Elijah – hear you.  Not worth wasting time on deception or stupidity like this fool abilima who thinks he’s schooling me about Democrats.  The idiot forgot to finish reading the story about Jim Crow Democrats who are Republicans today. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He clearly is ready to spout off the little he knows, but doesn’t know the whole story.
          The Christian thing would be to forgive his stupidity, no?  
           

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      Saimbwende 7 days ago

      To hell with foote this racist scam from a rotten corrupt nation like USA to come and impose on us their sick & corrupt morals on us shame wherever americans have its been blood Vietnam,Iraqi,Afghanistan name it these americans are cruel looters like their father Satan whatever aid you could have given to us is actually proceeds from your criminal enterprise of slavery coup detas siphoning of oil wealth you are a great hypocritical country I can’t wait for the day God will use all forces to obliterate and destroy this blood thirsty and thieving country which uses sanctions to arm twist other nations into subjugation shame shame you gringos criminal yankees suckers of blood you cruel nation may you die 100 times

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    MUNYENGE 1 week ago

    This is an insult!!! this is insubordination!!! this is undiplomatic!!!
    This is uncalled for!!! this is callous!!!! This is it, Hon Malanji kindly reprimand this diplomat or demand for his recall. Expel him from the country!!! There is no way a foreigner can start washing dirty linen in public when he knows all the channels to follow when he is aggrieved.

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      Pogo 1 week ago

      Why do you hide behind malanji back. Go and do it yourself. Show us how brave you are in real life not social media.

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      Mune TK 1 week ago

      @MUNYENGE don’t take your corruption to the shows of USA, they will roast your backside