[By Emelia Phiri]
THIRD Liberation Movement president Enock Tonga says President Edgar Lungu and his incompetent ministers should be extra careful on how they handle issues that boarder on international relations.
Tonga advised President Lungu not “to walk before you can crawl; you may end up biting the hand that is feeding you and make Zambians suffer more because of your recklessness.”
Following US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote’s statement last Friday on LGBT and corruption, the government said it would send a letter of protest to Washington.
On Sunday, President Lungu told Sky News his government will officially complain to the United States over remarks its Ambassador made after a homosexual couple were jailed for 15 years.
Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba were sentenced by the High Court last Wednesday for “crimes against the order of nature” – Zambia’s legal term for gay sex.
Responding to the decision, Ambassador Foote, said in a statement: “I was personally horrified to read about the sentencing of two men, who had a consensual relationship, which hurt absolutely no one.”
But President Lungu warned of a breakdown in relations between Zambia and the US unless President Donald Trump took action.
He also insisted that nothing would change his mind on homosexuality.
“We are saying no to homosexuality. Why should we say we are going to be civilised if we allow it… are you saying that we’re very primitive now because we’re frowning on homosexuality?” said President Lungu.”Even animals don’t do it, so why should we be forced to do it?… because we want to be seen to be smart, civilised and advanced and so on.”
However, Tonga said President Lungu should attend to corruption which has been embraced by the PF regime.
“Do not be intimidated because corruption has brought untold miseries on Zambian people,” Tonga urged Ambassador Foote.
“President Lungu is reminded that the only time Zambia had found herself in a similar situation was when Ali Simbule, a Zambian politician and a diplomat in 1967 called Britain a humbled toothless bulldog whose tail was wagging in front of Rhodesia premier Ian Smith and feared him like hell.”
Tonga explained that President Kaunda then handled the matter with care and due diligence.
“Do not walk before you can crawl; you may end up biting the hand that is feeding you and make Zambians suffer more because of your recklessness,” Tonga told President Lungu.
“It is hoped that President Lungu will seek to understand the angle of reason which Ambassador Foote took and handle this matter carefully.”
He said that on matters of corruption, his party looks forward to working with Ambassador Foote and the American people.
“3RD LM is proud of you (Foote) on this score and can only encourage you and the American people not to relent on the fight against corruption regardless of where you are domiciled,” said Tonga.