Sata counsels Zambian envoys

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has advised Zambian diplomats against leaking State secrets and put national interest as priority.

Mr Sata said diplomats serving in various missions abroad should safeguard the country’s interests above personal interests in line with the Oath of Allegiance to the Republican office.

He said this at State House in Lusaka yesterday when he swore-in former Munali Member of Parliament, Mumbi Phiri, as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Kenya and Miriam Mulenga as the new Ambassador to Turkey.

“When you go out there representing this country, don’t leak information regarding my office. Leak your personal information. Kenya is very complicated, Turkey is new, you have direct access to the Permanent Secretary and my office, if there is anything, you can contact us and you will be assisted,” he said.

And in an interview, Ms Phiri thanked the President for appointing her to serve in the diplomatic mission.

She said she was ready for the challenge and would work for the betterment of relations between Zambia and Kenya.

Ms Phiri said she had vast experience as a politician and would manage to perform according to expectations.

“I don’t miss my political life, that is in the past and that’s why some people fail because you still want to hold onto past experiences. I am now a civil servant and I will work for my country to boost trade relations between Zambia and Kenya,” she said.