US Embassy to Zambia Daniel Foote has reminded Zambians that the exceptional yearly assistance from American to Zambian citizens, and the constitution of Zambia, should enable them to express their opinions without acrimonious accusations or actions.
The US Ambassador has expressed shock at the venom and hate directed at him and the country, largely in the name of “Christian” values, adding that he can’t imagine Jesus would have used bestiality comparisons or referred to his fellow human beings as “dogs,” or “worse than animals;” allusions made repeatedly by your countrymen and women about homosexuals.
He says in his two years, he has strived to improve the U.S.-Zambia partnership, with minimal success and has called on citizens to stop the façade that the two governments enjoy “warm and cordial” relations.
He has charged that the current government of Zambia wants foreign diplomats to be compliant, with open pocketbooks and closed mouths.
“American taxpayers, and Zambian citizens, deserve a privileged, two-way partnership, not a one-way donation that works out to $200 million per meeting with the Head of State”. He states.
The US Ambassador says stigma and discrimination remain the biggest mutual challenges in eradicating the AIDS epidemic in Zambia.
“The discriminatory and homophobic laws, under the false flags of Christianity and culture, continue to kill innocent Zambians, many of whom were born with the virus adding that citizens are terrified of being outed as HIV-positive, because of the inaccurate and archaic associations between HIV and homosexuality”. He said.
By: Mumba Tailashi