GERMAN ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke and American charge d’affaires David Young have elected to remain mute over their support for the alleged gay couple of Kapiri-Mposhi Philip Mubiana and James Mwape.
In an interview with the Daily Mail yesterday, Mr Finke said he would only comment on the matter after meeting Foreign Affairs permanent secretary George Zulu.
“We will wait for a meeting with the permanent secretary at Foreign Affairs, and then we can give a position,” Mr Finke said.
Mr Young, through the US embassy public affairs officer Janet Deutch, said he would not comment on the matter.
“Sorry Mr Young is not able to comment on that matter,” Ms Deutch said.
Efforts to get a comment from UNAIDS country co-ordinator Hellen Frary who also went to Kapiri Mposhi proved futile as her office line went unanswered on five attempts.
Dean of the diplomatic corps Tuelonyana Ditlhabi-Oliphant said she would comment on the matter after consultations.
“I have just seen the story in the paper that Government is disappointed with the visit of some diplomats to Kapiri Mposhi. Let me consult and study the matter,” Ms Ditlhabi-Oliphant said.
On Tuesday, Mr Zulu expressed disappointment at the conduct of the diplomats who went to Kapiri Mposhi to show solidarity for the two men accused of practising homosexuality, an illegality.
The pair has been in custody since May last year on charges of having sex against the order of nature.
Zambia Daily Mail
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