RAINBOW Part President Wynter Kabimba says it was illogical to attack President Lungu whenever he made an international trips, arguing that even the poorest nations in the world allowed their leaders to travel.
“And I don’t think that the argument that the President should not travel is a reasonable argument. I think it isn’t [because] even the poorest of the countries in the world still have their presidents travel. So, I do not agree with this argument that every time that Lungu makes a trip, then that must become an issue. No! So, if he is just going to attend, for example, the Reed Dance ceremony in Swaziland [the Kingdom of eSwatini] where [King] Mswati is marrying an extra woman, how does that translate into bilateral ties with Zambia? That is purely a social event for King Mswati. So, it brings no benefit. The Zambian government derives no benefit from that, but if the President is going to the UN General Assembly, do presidents get money by attending the UN General Assembly? The answer is no, but that is part of nations. The rich countries and the poor countries all attend the UN General Assembly. So, you may not see the benefit immediately, but the President may have meetings on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly, which may later translate into…,” said Kabimba.
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