Em­brace pa­tri­o­tism, en­voy urges Zam­bians in di­as­pora

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

ZAM­BIANS liv­ing in the di­as­pora are true am­bas­sadors of the coun­try and should cul­ti­vate a spirit of pa­tri­o­tism and re­spect for their coun­try and its lead­er­ship, Zam­bia’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Lazarous Ka­pambwe has said. Mr Ka­pambwe said Zam­bians liv­ing abroad should re­sist the temp­ta­tion of be­ing mes­sen­gers of neg­a­tive mes­sages against Zam­bia warn­ing that such harm­ful sen­ti­ments had the po­ten­tial to ad­versely af­fect the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal and de­vel­op­ment tra­jec­tory. He cau­tioned Zam­bians in the di­as­pora against the mis­use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to neg­a­tively project the coun­try’s lead­er­ship and the gov­ern­ment. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the first sec­re­tary (Press) at the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to the United Na­tions, Wallen Simwaka, Mr Ka­pambwe said this when he met Zam­bians liv­ing in the Tri-State of New York, New Jer­sey and Con­necti­cut dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion of Zam­bia’s 54th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in New York. Mr Ka­pambwe said that it did not mat­ter how far Zam­bians were in the di­as­pora from their coun­try be­cause what was im­por­tant was that they were cit­i­zens ir­re­spec­tive of their tribe, re­li­gion and po­lit­i­cal diver­sity. He said if cit­i­zens of other coun­tries were say­ing bad things about it was be­cause Zam­bians them­selves were slan­der­ing their own coun­try and lead­er­ship. “We are here to cel­e­brate our 54th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary and I want to share with you that when you Zam­bians liv­ing abroad say some­thing about Zam­bia, peo­ple are more likely to be­lieve you than they would if I said some­thing about our coun­try,” Mr Ka­pambwe said. He said the world would only per­ceive Zam­bia in the light of how Zam­bians pro­jected their coun­try and its lead­er­ship. It was sad that some Zam­bians had a ten­dency of mis­us­ing tech­nol­ogy to po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally dis­par­age their coun­try, he said. Mr Ka­pambwe said it was im­por­tant for Zam­bians liv­ing abroad to al­ways be mind­ful of their re­spon­si­bil­ity as cit­i­zens and the duty that came with the right of be­ing a cit­i­zen of a coun­try.

Mr. Mucheleka

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