OPINION: Laura Miti Weighs In On Pres. Lungu’s Diplomatic Lapse In Malema, Maimane Summons

Yesterday [Friday], Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa announced that President Lungu had summoned SA opposition leaders, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema, to meet him while he was at the SADC summit in Johannesburg. It was something about the President wanting to speak to them about their interference in our sovereign matters when they called for HH’s release. Like most people, I was shocked at that report. Why would anyone go looking for trouble for the President like that? Well, predictably, the two SA politicians rejected the invitation to meet the President. And again, predictably, the two jumped at the opportunity provided them by the President’s own diplomatic team to insult him for imagining he could summon them. Maimane and Malema of course did not fail to also say what they thought about the President generally.

As if that debacle was not enough, by end of day, videos of PF cadres in full party regalia clashing with protestors from other countries, were doing the rounds. The protestors who had listed President Lungu among the presidents whose “dictatorial tendencies” they were calling for an end to also took their chance to hurl insults at the president as they demanded that the PF cadres leave.

In short, Emmanuel Mwamba managed to turn the SADC Summit into a veritable dog’s dinner as a diplomatic context. He seems to have totally lost the plot and is repeatedly calling unflattering attention to the President whose image it is his job to build. As for the President himself, surely he knows that Emmanuel is no diplomat. Emmanuel’s real interest seems to be in hard knuckle party politics. So why keep him in the diplomatic service? I honestly think Emmanuel should lose his job for the disaster he created yesterday but then I know that this President does not fire people who beg to be fired. In fact he promotes them. But that is his presidential mandate. What the President can do with Emmanuel if he can’t bear to be without his ability to rubble rouse for him, is move him back home into a position in which he can engage in that acrimonious politics he seems to enjoy.

Then there is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba. I have to ask, how did he allow all that yesterday to be even thought of, forget implemented? How did having cadres protesting their support for the President at an International summit in a foreign country seem even mildly rational? How could Emmanuel be allowed to provoke someone with as little restraint as Julius Malema? Simply, is the Minister of Foreign Affairs even in control of what is happening in the SA mission? Did Emmanuel run his little plan by Harry and he said yes, that is clever?

Let me just end by advising President Lungu – you need to take a step back and critically look at your presidency. You are President of Zambia and not a candidate in an unending contestation for power. Your obsession with 2021, is allowing you to be led by people like Emmanuel who themselves are thinking of nothing but how they can get themselves into the political positions they really want. My sense is you need to completely change your inner team. They are driving you so off track we can all see you heading into a mighty crash over the abyss.

Look at it this way, everything awkward that is happening around your presidency is well predicted by all neutral observers well before it does. It seems everybody knows which puddle you are about to step into except your advisors. In short, they are not earning their cushy salaries. Worse than that, they are turning you into a laughing stock. Change them – for your own good.



  1. Manje


    • Hummer where it hurts

      This team is weird, how many brickwalls are you targeting to hit before your lnflated cadreism brains realises the wrong methods you use in doing things.For humanity’s sake, was it necessary to un leash those thugs you call die hard to pick up fights in a foreign land? Bulling is not the best way to show someone’s mighty you may end up being pulped.

  2. J Kajeza

    fire them my president!

  3. j kageza

    fire them my president!

  4. mk

    Timely advice take it or leave it

  5. the rulers

    BA LUNGU LESS STOP DRINKING BEER &STOP DREAMING tiyeni tivale cabe vimeno plz!! plz!! plz!! stop

  6. abilima

    Laura – Are you looking for a job?

  7. bwafyaa

    I AGREE with you Laura, the only problem I see here is that LUNGU may find it HARD to HAVE MWAMBA IN ZAMBIA just like HE HAS FAILED TO CONTAIN KAMBWILI WITHIN PF. So it suits him to have him at distance but DOING SOME GOOD FOR HIM!!

  8. andisen

    ?fuck off ewechimuzimai ?????????????????????????

  9. Sydney simulilo

    Our leader God leads him first.

  10. nkandu lazarours

    ba president can you just fire that mwamba see how he had descrase in south africa,

  11. Anthony

    i’m liking this.

  12. Techi bankwanishe

    Ba Mwamba kuwayawayafye

  13. nyimbiri Danny

    Sorry ba south Africa we are lost

  14. Napoleon

    I’m sure even Mr Vernon Mwaanga is busy laughing about this diplomatic mess.Ba Mwaamba you are surely not fit for the job.

    • D'Kap

      What do you mean? Don’t you know that mwanga himself was fired by Levy for a diplomatic gaffe? Not too long ago he was again summoned to apologise to Uganda for another diplomatic faux pas? Too much credit given to this man in my view.

  15. Chandikata.

    That’s a gud advice from miti. Take it or leave it.

  16. Major

    Sorry mother zambia. This is a embarrassing and In sensitive piece of advice.

  17. Kashengula Eliphausie

    Its a sad story anway..lets do what is right ‘pas de faux pas’

  18. Watson

    Lol .Drama all over.

  19. Duze

    Laura very spot on…any comment on the timing to announce the HIV mandatory testing…I think this helped to divert people’s attention from the release of HH and political tension in the nation….

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