Wednesday, 14 December 2011


Parliament heard today that from September, 2011 to date, the government has recalled 50 Zambian Diplomats serving abroad.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Kasonde says the amount of money put aside for repatriation fees as a result of the exercise has cost government more than K 11. 9 Billion.
Dr. Kasonde was answering to a question from opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe who wanted to know how many Zambian Diplomats serving abroad have been recalled from September, 2011 to date.
He also mentioned that no political cadres have been sent to Foreign Service in the period September 2011 to date.
Dr. Kasonde said Diplomatic appointments have been made on the basis of requisite qualification and those appointed were still undergoing appointment formalities as a result, no one of these has reported at their respective stations yet.
He added that currently, there was no government policy with regard to sending political party cadres into Foreign Service.

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