Shortly after the January 2015 Presidential By-Election, President Edgar Lungu appointed me as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia.
I promptly accepted my appointment and proceeded to start a 5-week Diplomatic Course.
Many colleagues, some senior members of the party and ministers, and many of our supporters and well-wishers called me to express disquiet proposing that I go back to President Lungu and attempt to persuade him that I be given a local position because they felt that I was probably more useful in the country.
My views were however consistent. ” All appointments come from God.It is God who appoints, promotes, and establishes us”.
I insisted that President Edgar Lungu was gracious enough to choose me among many deserving colleagues, patriots and many hard working workers of the party to afford me this opportunity and it was wise that I promptly accepted and took up the position as given”.
For I am frequently guided by Jeremiah 29:11 which reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans NOT to harm you, but to prosper you and to give you hope and a future”
Later the PF Media, Publicity&Strategic Committee an adhoc committee of the Campaign Committee, to which I was Chairperson conducted a postmortem and review of the January 2015 Presidential By-Election.
We produced and submitted a Report to President Edgar Lungu. When we presented this Report, President Edgar Lungu used the opportunity to inform us that he had caused a transfer.
He stated that I was now to head Zambia’s Mission in South Africa.
I thanked him for the honour and trust he had shown in me and in my capability to undertake such a senior assignment.
Because of this transfer (from Malaysia to South Africa) and many other factors that have been beyond my control, the time and period to take up my appointment was delayed.
Unfortunately and because of this I was a subject of numerous speculations and malicious innuendoes by online media and social media blogs.
Despite being privy to exact and correct information about my delay, I chose to remain quiet and suffered the himiliating but false reports.
ON KASAMA CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY
When Former Minister of Defence and Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba(GBM) opted to render support to the UPND and its leader Hakainde Hichilema, in the Presidential By-Election, many residents there began to call for my name as his suitable replacement.
My name joined the list of other possible aspirants, in Kelvin Sampa(Child Rights activist and businessman), Gabriel Kaunda (former PS), Frederick Chisanga (former PF Provincial Chairperson and Diplomat in China).
Many remembered the work i did, the development initiatives I pushed hard and the open access I gave my office to ordinary people..many said they wanted a leadership that was focused on development,employment creation and empowerment and not hand-outs and donations.
They remembered the issues I used to raise constantly in the media especially on Radio Mano for a University, township roads, water and sanitation, a General Hospital and health centres, issues related to agriculture a developed Kasama City with a shopping mall
At this stage I informed and shared my aspirations with President Edgar Lungu
My reflections were that GBM would attempt lock the seat in the courts of law until probably 2016.
I told myself that I would take my appointment in South Africa and come and consider running for the seat whenever it was declared vacant.
However, the seat has suddenly become vacant following the decision by GBM to accept the position of Vice-President (Administration) in the UPND.
Following this development the seat became vacant probably faster than we had all anticipated.
I had to make a very hard and difficult decision.
I have spoken to Paramount Chief Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II, various members of the party and senior officials and colleagues.
After wide consultation,
I have chosen to honour the appointment given to me by President Edgar Lungu and carry out my duties as expected with due diligence and commitment as I have displayed in the past, when I have been given such an opporrunity.
I also pledge to support which ever candidate the party will choose to be our candidate for Kasama Central.
I urge such a candidate that the party will give an opportunity to represent us to take up the serious development issues and needs affecting Kasama Central and the country.
This week, I am expected to take up office in Pretoria as Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa and begin another journey.
South Africa nationals, corporate and business entities have invested heavily in our economy.
I hope to organise this important community to help with whatever challenges they face. I also hope to lobby and encourage new investments from South Africa in our country.
I also hope to work and help coordinate with members of the Zambian community in South Africa who have made the strategic decision to settle, work and study in South Africa.
Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba
ZAMBIA’S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SOUTH AFRICA