PATRIOTIC Front acting president Given Lubinda yesterday refused to confer with a delegation from the American Embassy who had requested for a meeting with the party leadership.
According to a statement issued by PF media director Antonio Mwanza, Thursday, Lubinda refused to meet the delegation until the US embassy responds to a letter he wrote to them protesting US President Joe Biden’s remarks against the PF at the UN General Assembly.
Mwanza stated that Lubinda, who was flanked by party acting SG Nickson Chilangwa and parliamentary chief whip Stephen Kampyongo, said it would be an act of hypocrisy for the American Embassy to sweep the many critical issues that he raised in his letter under the carpet.
“Patriotic Front Acting President Given Lubinda today refused to have a meeting with a delegation from the American Embassy who had earlier requested for a meeting with the Patriotic Front leadership. This happened when the US Political Unit Chief Madam Alexandra King Pile and her counterpart, Mr. David Chibanda, the Political Specialist at the Embassy visited the PF Secretariat along Panganani Road in Lusaka this afternoon,” read the statement
“Lubinda told the duo that he would not meet them or anyone from the American Embassy until the American Embassy in Lusaka responded to a letter that he had written to the Embassy, two months ago, protesting the remarks President Joe Biden made against the Patriotic Front at the UN General Assembly last September. Lubinda refused to engage Madam Pile and Mr Chibanda saying he could not proceed to engage with the American Embassy until they responded to the numerous matters that he raised in his protest letter against Mr. Biden’s remarks were first addressed. Mr. Lubinda said it would be an act of hypocrisy and a lack of courtesy for the American Embassy to sweep the many critical issues that he raised in his letter under the carpet and pretend that nothing happened.”