Politics

VJ Says Expulsion Of Cuban Envoy A Joke

Veteran politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga has described the expulsion of Cuban ambassador Nelson Pages Vilas as an extreme reaction which first struck him as a joke.

Mwaanga says the decision was ill advised, extreme and inconsistent with what happened in the past.

“Just in case memories have conveniently faded, in 2011 when PF held its Convention at Mulungushi Rock, they formally invited the then American Ambassador to Zambia, Mark Storella to attend, accompanied by a political affairs officer from the US embassy and while there, he announced that the United States of America, supports democratic developments, when ever they occur.

“I was then a member of the MMD government of then President Rupiah Banda and no issue was made of Ambassador Storella’s attendance or remarks he made there,” said Mwaanga.

BELOW IS A FULL STATEMENT

Expulsion of the Cuban Ambassador to Zambia is an extreme over reaction. Statement by Dr Vernon J Mwaanga.

When i first heard about the expulsion from the country of the Cuban Ambassador, for attending the launch of the Socialist Party and for the general public remarks of support, attributed to him, i thought it was a 1st April fools day joke.

It has now turned out to be true and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been directed to work out the diplomatic channels to put this Presidential decision into effect. I hold no brief for what may have happened or said at the launch of the Socialist Party on Saturday 31st March and my views on Socialism in Zambia, are a matter of public record. This decision is ill advised, extreme and inconsistent with what happened in the Past. Just in case memories have conveniently faded, in 2011 when PF held its Convention at Mulungushi Rock, they formally invited the then American Ambassador to Zambia, Mark Storella to attend, accompanied by a political affairs officer from the US embassy and while there, he announced that the United States of America, supports democratic developments, when ever they occur. I was then a member of the MMD government of then President Rupiah Banda and no issue was made of Ambassador Storella’s attendance or remarks he made there. This decision to expel the Cuban Ambassador is extreme and uncalled for. At the most, he should have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry and given a demarche. It does not augur well for our relations with Cuba, a country which has been supportive of Zambia in good and bad times.

57 Comments

  1. Nkonkosheni

    Am jst watching.

  2. Francois

    We’ve a bunch of jokers in Leadership

  3. Are you sure?

    Edgar Lungu and the PF will lose elections if this intolerance they are exhibiting continues. They are creating too many enemies unnecessarily, if you have divergence views they consider you to be an enemy. This is worse than in MMD under Rupiah Banda.

  4. Raphael

    Edgar Lungu and the PF will lose elections if this intolerance they are exhibiting continues. They are creating too many enemies unnecessarily, if you have divergence views they consider you to be an enemy. This is worse than in MMD under Rupiah Banda.

  5. No Comments Allowed

    The most INSECURE and chaotic president ever.

    You have already tarnished your reputation internationally by locking up HH. You upset South Africans by deporting Maimane. Now you want to antagonise Cubans?

    • Benson

      My brother it is good to do the right thing than supporting things which is wrong for the seck of who is going to vote for us. Pf is going to win not because of malembe for h h no or cub for membe no but because of the works they are doing well form 2011 up now people seen Zambia is changing bit by bit the roads school’s hearth airport the price for food. That’s while opposition can not talk about this these are the need s of the people

      • No Comments Allowed

        Changing kiwisa Benson? Are you posting comments from a pub?

        The country is deep in debt because of loans that were used for “vanity projects”. 2021 the first Eurobond is due.

        Abena Chagwa doesnt know what to do. That’s why he is busy with brutality.

      • jk

        Benson u are a dog what did u build MMD built schools eg CHIPEPO secondary Kapiri mposhi district but u fool can’t just connect to national grid only generator generator are used for lighting u are chitting yo ass not us

        • chomba

          jk, you’re the one who is a dog. why condemn anything that president Lungu has done? useless

      • Lilly

        Don’t support blindly what roads are u talking about people are dying everyday because of bad roads ur busy boasting about roads shame!guess ur a cadre the economy is totally bad ur even proud of saying things are changing bit by bit u have got eyes but can’t see c’mon wake up

      • Musa

        Ba Benson I see you don’t observe the growth of your country are u seriously telling me that food is cheap? Look at fuel prices and other nessecities, they have all been hiked and you saying that we are living well. Zns was recruiting and secretly and only those who had connections with were called upon and u saying that we are living fine. Please counter check or rather wake up from your slumber and face reality. To be frank with you things have gone from worse to waste, the pf government has failed us totally and those who are in support of them like you sir should face reality and think on behalf of the other Zambians who are badly affected by this ungrateful government. Zambia needs a leader that will sacrifice for the betterment of poor Zambians and boost the economy of our nation, at the moment we are being swindled while we are wide awake. Be wise sir before you make such kind of comments and on behalf of other people are affected that will make you a true citizen of the land!

  6. Joseph

    The fooling day, turn into true story.

  7. Sam D

    This government has been the worst ever

  8. Francis Bwalya

    The Government of Zambia has a constitutional right and power invested in office of President to protect sovereignty of our country of any foreign interference. The expulsion of a Cuba diplomat is lesson to other diplomats with ill intentions of destabilizing our peace in the country. Britain. Russian and other Western countries are rocked up in the expulsion of diplomats and it is not issue. All diplomats operates within agreed international laws. Many African countries today are in suffering from different wars caused by the same so called foreign diplomats. African countries should stand up and learn to solve and resolve their in our African way unlikely copy and paste the Western ways.

  9. Francis Bwalya

    The Government of Zambia has a constitutional right and power invested in office of President to protect sovereignty of our country of any foreign interference. The expulsion of a Cuba diplomat is lesson to other diplomats with ill intentions of destabilizing our peace in the country. Britain. Russian and other Western countries are rocked up in the expulsion of diplomats and it is not issue. All diplomats operates within agreed international laws. Many African countries today are in suffering from different wars caused by the same so called foreign diplomats. African countries should stand up and learn to solve and resolve their problems and differences in our African way unlikely copy and paste the Western ways.

    • Duncan

      The problem that I have discovered is that some Lipo especially UP ND think that Zambia are blind. How can you allow a diplomat to work outside the rules of his engagement without action? To me Lungu is the best leader for making such a good move.

    • jk

      Ba bwalya ba fake father just be ka ambassodor u will never be a minster of zambia,ka father wabulamano

    • jk

      Impeachment!! bakolwa u will see wait and see bapaya farmer

    • Kangwa Mwewa

      Francis Bwalya ulichikopo sana, the Cuban ambassador did not cross any line by attending the launching of Mmembe’s party. PF is just uncomfortable and at the edge. They have been very corrupt, and have nothing to offer people anymore except there relatives like you! Muleya.

  10. Arnold

    Benson na ba bwalya keep dreaming.Zambians have learnt a lesson.2021 u be shocked

  11. black joe

    Mashilu nayafulisha mi boma..

  12. Masauso Nyirenda

    It’s Ur Time But 4ever!

  13. Andy cool

    Sata left PF in a condition, now pf is becoming a foolish part.

  14. Dy ibn jkj

    Ni kumilitary in combat mode any movement “fire!!!!” Even at imaginary objects kkkkkk fili eko tuleya…. Chairman uli muchibe u ll defend the undefendable

  15. Kassim

    Is expressing personal views under The Zambian law?

  16. Chris B

    V.J must be the last to talk or raise a voice he has done a lot of harm to Zambia and its people.
    Mwaanga has no marols, nelyo chakota amano yabafye aya bupuba. Just go to Shala Mwana chenda bwamba she is lonely and still waiting for you.

  17. Chris B

    V.J destroyd the reputation of our electoral system he has left a huge dent on ECZ that even now whatever the institution does is subject to a lot of doubts. He planted a very bad seed. When he was in MMD. Of all people V.J must shut up. Let credible leaders like General Miyanda talk not ba Mwaanga no.

  18. Zolileshamboko @shamboko.com

    What was de matter for him being faired

  19. FGM

    Misinterpretion of the constitution, over reaction to opposing views, no action to corruption allegations and union with the hurried political party. 2021 will surely be disastrous. ANC quickly defended the name of the party by plucking out the bad eggs before things got worse.

  20. Nasilele

    Hon Vernon Mwaanga much as I appreciate your vast experience in diplomatic issue, let me believe to say that yesterday day’s cannot be right today as long as the guidelines have not changed. I believe that what is at stake here is the DIPLOMATIC CODE OF CONDUCT.
    You may wish to know Honourable Mwaanga if yesterday I stole and the long arm of the law didn’t catch me there is no way if caught stealing today that I may suggest to the law to say why did you not catch me yesterday. That’s totally wrong to assume that.
    You were in government Job Mwaanga and you are quite aware that you lapsed to allow PF to invite foreign diplomats to there convention. I guess you were of very high ranking profile that time.
    Let’s try to do things right as an adage goes “you can not use a wrong to correct a wrong”. Please advise the upcoming politicians in more moderate manner in order for them to reach your status.
    So the bone of contention here is the DIPLOMATIC CODE OF CONDUCT and even the extreme of words he chose to use during that function. Put yourself in PF shoes and see whether you would condone that kind of behaviour.

    • Kopala

      Nasilele you are just another bootlicker.

      And people claim Lozis are intelligent yet here you are busy defending the “Manyukunyuku”/”Mwisa” from Malawi while Afumba is rotting in a stinking prison.

      Educated fool!!!!

  21. jk

    2021 UPND in state house that man has really de campaighn himself too many enemies

  22. Jms

    VJ is correct I may put it like this their is nothing good or bad but its the mind which determines that so we can tell the Democracy of that day and of nowadays we are checking true leaders

  23. sim1

    Ba mwanga don’t talk when you didn’t hear anything. You’re saying u didn’t know the words the Cuban ambassador said,but you’re busy making some conclusion.foolish father.

  24. Hotness

    It’s sad that foreigners have become partisan.

  25. Jms

    And again to you politicians don’t forget that we are seeing what you are doing some of us may reject your opinion because you are not bad but you did bad things. Even in the Bible people where tuning from Saul even when he repeated from his bad dids

  26. Sirwilliams

    Ba VJ
    You are finished and his supporters mulifipuba which opppsition political party do you know in Cuba?
    This is our country we decide what we do you think you can do such nonsense in Cuba and live?

  27. Sirwilliams

    Ba VJ
    You are finished and his supporters mulifipuba which opposition political party do you know in Cuba?
    This is our country we decide what we do you think you can do such nonsense in Cuba and live? What he can’t do in his home country can’t be done in zambia on imwe Ba kabwa do u no CUBA

  28. MOONGA

    THIS GOVERNMENT IS A DISTRESS TO THE ZAMBIANS.SO EVERY WELL MEANINGFUL ZAMBIAN SHOULD BACK UP THE IMPEACHMENT MOTION TO BE SUCCESSFUL.IT IS THE ONLY WORKABLE SOLUTION FOR CLEANCING ZAMBIA FROM ALL ILLEGAL SYSTEMS AND MINDLESS TYPE OF PLAINING.

  29. Lee

    Let me just take my beer lungu is wasting my time

  30. Dickson Mtine

    Lungu do your job, because no one cannot be criticizing in this world

  31. James

    Let compeatment fulfill

  32. Mabvuto Nkhoma

    Lungu must go.

  33. George

    Comment empechment

  34. Chipushi

    Benson and Bwalya are living in their political fossilism. There’s no way their pf and lungu can win any election in this country any more. What we have is a bonarpartist government full of leaders who are lame ducks. Iwe Bwalya just remember that you are having the last bottles of Jameson

  35. Jms

    Kuya bebele mupisha na Ba lwendo even dialogue can fail

  36. Jonathan Simanda Kabanda

    Those who are enjoying and satisfied throgh the fruits of PF they nothing wrong but to those who have children learning at UNZA & CBU have alot to tell.

  37. MAPANGO

    Comment: Fellow citizens my biggest worries are political instability affecting our socialization,freedom of speech,victimization at work places, policemen using live bullets targeting innocent souls eg KAPASA KILLINGS IN CHONGWE and other places where are we heading to as a country?Where is our democractic rights as citizens?We cannot all become politicians to survive,peace is a cornerstone for the growth of our economy and development. Let us SAY NO T0 BAD VICES THAT THREATEN OUR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY.

  38. Love your neighbor

    Ba Benson, which good roads are you talking about? when major roads are in poor states, for example the great north road is reclaiming its old original name (hell run), use it one day you will know what I’m talking about, the only part of this road which is ok is serenje to kapiri part. Kapiri Kitwe road you find dangerous hidden potholes. Turnpack, mazabuka to monze road pathetic. They are busy putting patches which do not last long wasting money. Go to Dar es salaam Tanzania & see how a serious government is maintaining roads, but they don’t even have any single toll gate on the way, us with toll gates poor roads shame.

  39. Zach

    What you say now that the expelled Cuban diplomat is replaced, Cuba apologised and the dip on his capacity apologised. Boma ni Boma baba

  40. Barotseland

    Foolish ruling party .Zwaaaaa Pf you are just riching yoself than taking care of poor people who voted for you in power.Where’s Mongu stadium started by your father Michael Sata, you pay a visit to the site which is now a Forest full of trees and squatter s .

  41. Barotseland

    Boma full of masholi .Zwaaaaa konswe

  42. Xenon

    Just mediocre eish that is what they are good at and stealing chipante pante

  43. P power

    I don’t know where Zambia is going with this unstable government, ni impeachment chabe!

  44. Morrischongo

    Yes we can say we don’t no were Zambia is going all reader’s are all the same with manvestor

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