British Envoy Takes Back Toxic Tweets

British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrrane-Dyet has blamed his blamed his social media troubles on media manipulation.

A subdued Dyet fell back on his hard hitting anti-government tweets that have landed him in trouble with government.

Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji summoned Dyet for a talk over with the British envoy softening his stance.

“The relationship between the British government and government of Zambia is a good one and a very good, his office and mine are nearby, if there is an issue he can call and we discuss” said Dyet.

“The way it originates (online publication) is to distort information very much in order to cause a roar, my tweets have been manipulated by punctuation to suggest that I was associated the Minister of information Dora Siliya, which was not correct” he said.

The British envoy however, maintained that corruption levels in Zambia are alarming and have a potential to reduce investor confidence to international firms intending to invest in Zambia.

“There is corruption in this country and quite serious and the government is tackling that and that information that the minister has shared with me is re-assuring and very welcome, high corruption levels are eroding investor confidence” said Dyet.

“Freedom of the media and you know the UK and the rest of the European Union, we believe very passionate about the freedom of the media, freedom expression. However, there are responsibilities on Journalists and I think it is important for media personnel to act responsibly in order to avoid tarnishing the image of the media in Zambia” he said.

And Mr. Malanji has assured the High commissioner that systems are in place to ensure that corrupt activities are addressed because no responsible government takes pride in the misuse of its national resources.

“There is no president who can say corruption must come on board when he knows that is a cancer, whichever country you go to corruption is a cancer. It goes the opposite direction of development. It is only prudent that Freedom of expression must not be abused, because very soon the Law will catch up with you,” said MalanjiI.


  1. COLLUPuution

    yabva the envoy is right.oke what are the measures whch u have put in place malanji??? busy che pakamwa ati we are followin the case atah

  2. Augprina

    It is true that this government is corrupt. God will deal with you thieves plundering our resources!

    • Charles Chimfwembe

      You are just damb jelous idiot

  3. mercutio

    Bonse abalya mupoto namufwaa…you ‘ve heard too much of anything is very bad… one day soon than sooner you ‘ll be answerable for all the non accounted for public funds…

  4. Amano

    There’s nothing wrong with people commending on our government’s poor performance. The UK ambassador tweets as an individual and those are his views. I am pretty sure the UK government’s position is similar on such matters but they do not use tweeter for diplomatic communication. Our government should give us freedom to express our views. Why are they so scared of anything that touches on their inefficiencies? ECL should cleanse himself of all corrupt elements in his government, even if it will make him unpopular with his team.

  5. Benny

    I am surprised 2 hear that the government has put measures in place 4 dealing with corruption which??? And Malanji says no government will be happy with corruption was he telling the truth. Corruption is rampant under these two chipata Presidents, Most of the ministers are stealing under them and going away with it.

  6. Gabby

    Thats ok if the Diplomat can also show concern and be critical of Multinationals espcially those in mining(some of them from Europe) who are avoiding paying rightful taxes , tax avoidance is money laundering and is a criminal act. Infact this crime worse (by value)than the amounts involved in the FIC report.

  7. Humbled

    What corruption is the brexit and EU talking about when they watch or pretend not know our copper resource being exploited by some European companies . Neocolonialism !

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  9. Frank Bwalya

    Corruption is said to be normal in eastern province that’s why it’s rampant under lupiya banda and lungu chagwa.

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